Full Name: Gina Ciarcia
Office Sought: Congress,
7th Congressional District
Party Affiliation: Republican
Phone Number: 703-662-5689
Campaign Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Structured Interview Request Sent:
3 Dec 2021, 20 Dec 2021, 29 Dec 2021, 16 Jan 2022,
25 Jan 2022, 27 Jan 2022, 31 Jan 2022, 1 Feb 2022, 11 Feb 2022, 17 Feb 2022, 2 Mar 2022, 4 Mar 2022, 28 Mar 2022
Structured Interview Response and Date:
6 April 2022
Vetting Panel Selected: Pending
Structured Interview Completed: Pending
Gina was born on the coast of North Carolina. She spent her childhood playing in the woods, fishing, running around barefoot, climbing trees, and swimming far enough out into the ocean to give her mother fits of anxiety. When she wasn’t outside, she was reading. Gina graduated from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While teaching Biology at the local community college in her hometown, Gina met her future husband, a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune. They married two months later and have been together for twenty-one years: five duty stations; five kids. Not only has she lived in several states, but Gina has traveled around the world and spent time in such places as Azerbaijan and Indonesia. Gina homeschooled her own children for eleven years while tutoring other children in all the major academic disciplines. The Ciarcia family moved to Dumfries, Virginia in 2017. For three years she taught humanities classes at a local classical Christian school. Teaching the entire span of the history of western civilization, writing, literature, logic, and two levels of Latin, Gina fully appreciates the rich cultural, religious, intellectual, and political heritage we possess as Americans. In 2019, Gina became a member of the Prince William GOP Committee. She is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s seventh congressional district.
Why you? As a wife of a retired Marine special operator, I know what it means to make real sacrifices for this country; I know what it means to serve. I’m throwing my hat in the ring because I feel compelled to do my duty to preserve our American values and freedoms for my kids and my students. I’m not a politician seeking to advance her career; I’m a mom and a teacher who is determined to fight for the next generation of Americans. I am a person of integrity and grit who has deeply studied the history of her nation, its founding documents, and its current issues. I truly care about my neighbors in the seventh congressional district, and I have both the desire and the ability to serve them in the halls of Congress.
What are your priorities? Did not answer.
Endorsements: Our campaign has not sought endorsements from any groups nor individuals.
Oral Roberts University, B.S. (1999)
Relevant Employment History:
Teacher at Dominion Christian School in Reston, VA
Teacher at Veritas Collegiate Academy in Fairfax, VA
Director, Tutor, and Paid Speaker with Classical Conversations
Adjunct Professor at Coastal Carolina Community College
Military Experience / Branch / Years of Service / Rank / Type of Discharge: None
Past Offices Held and Tenure: Did not answer.
First and foremost, I’ve raised five great kids (the two youngest are still in the works, but they look promising). I have volunteered in the churches we have attended by teaching Sunday school, working in the nursery, and helping with Vacation Bible School. Through my years teaching, I have led students in reaching out to the elderly in nursing homes and volunteering at the local soup kitchen. I’ve led many field trips in order to present our rich heritage to students and encourage them to learn and partake. We know our neighbors and we strive to be a blessing to them.
Directed homeschool co-ops in Maryland and Virginia. Tutored in homeschool co-ops in four different states. Served in various leadership roles in church and the military spouse network..
Relationships are vital, and I like to listen to people and converse with them. My knowledge base is very broad, and I can talk about almost any subject. I ask good questions.
I have grit and determination; I operate on principles. I see the big picture and I am patient and strategic. Many would-be politicians crave the limelight and man’s approval. This is not me. I know I’m going to piss off people once I get to Congress. In fact, I’m already making folks upset by being in this race! I don’t care. This country and my children’s future means more to me than being a part of someone’s club.
I will fight for our values and our rights as I represent and serve the people of my district. I understand what conservativism is, and I actually speak to the issues. Republicans must begin to engage in the culture wars, or we will lose our children to social justice warriors and gender ideologues. This is what I say to that fight: “Bring it!”
My skill as a public speaker enables me to convey challenging ideas while inspiring and giving hope to my audience. Also, I’m a history teacher. The Roman historian, Polybius said, “The best preparation for political life is the study of history.” Polybius was right.
Unlike my fellow candidates, I live-stream every debate on my Facebook page and post it afterwards. I have made many short topical videos expressing my views and stance on everything from China to the LGBTQ movement. These can be found on my YouTube channel. At the time of this writing, no other candidate has done this.
What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you? I see the Son, and by his light I see everything else. A well-developed Biblical worldview in our leadership is more essential now than ever before, and our leaders must be wise and courageous. Every day I pray for wisdom and courage. I’m a hard worker and a fighter who stands by her principles.
I believe in our founding principles and our Constitution. It took more than two thousand years of western thought and experience to bring about this nation. We have a moral obligation to preserve our heritage for future generations.
I will view every piece of legislation through the lens of the Constitution and our conservative principles.
How would your friends and family describe you? Determined; Relentless; Resourceful; Creative; Independent; Motivated; Indefatigable; Aggressive; Intelligent; Great Speaker; Driven by ideals and moral convictions; Principled; A penchant for excellence; Willing to sacrifice and do difficult things; Talks to strangers a lot.
What are your thoughts on the Constitution as the Law of the Land? The US Constitution is one of the greatest documents ever written by man. No other governing document has come close to lasting as long as the Constitution. It is not a “living” document that evolves and adapts over time as the progressives would like us to believe. It was written with a very clear view of human nature and the corrupting tendency of power, both of which remain unchanged throughout human history. To believe that one’s schemes are superior to the prescription of the Constitution reveals the hubris of the individual. We must return to honoring and following our Constitution.
What are your thoughts on religious liberty? Religious liberty is a sacred and foundational right of any free society. Religious liberty preserves the diversity of faiths, benefits society via acts of charity, encourages self-governance by the individual, prevents a religious group from utilizing the power of the state to force others to adopt its belief system, and limits the power of government and keeps it in its proper sphere. Upon it so many other rights hinge; therefore, we must fight against its infringement.
What are your thoughts on the preservation of our history? Historian Wilfred McClay wrote, “Every man is born into a world he did not make.” Modern Americans take all the credit for the current good (as they define it), but cast the burden of the present evil on the shoulders of men buried long ago. Americans are notoriously ignorant of history, and to the amnesiac, nothing is sacred. Hence, we tear down the monuments of history’s most commendable men while bemoaning our current day’s flaccid leaders. What idiocy! The preservation of history begins first in the classroom. Before the first rioter defaced a monument, his teacher defaced it in his heart. We must have a complete overhaul of civic education and American history in this republic if we are to keep it.
What are your thought on government transparency? The purpose of government is to secure the rights of the people. Government derives the power from the consent of the governed; therefore, the government should be answerable to the people, which demands nothing less than transparency. In order for our system of government to work, the people must feel, to a great extent, that they can trust their government. This trust has eroded significantly, to the point of precariousness, and lack of transparency has been a large contributing factor. We must restore trust. Bringing about justice is essential in order for this to happen. That means the skeletons need to come out of some DC closets.
What are your thoughts on national defense? As a teacher of history and a military spouse, I am very aware of the fragility of freedom. Our nation and its freedoms are the exception, not the rule. We must guard our liberty both abroad and here on the homefront. When our military is strong, we are more assured of times of peace. However, make no mistake, in the epochs of human history, war is the norm and peace the exception. If Americans rightly understood how far behind our enemies we are currently, they would be alarmed. China and Russia are beginning to outpace us in warfare technology, and we are seriously lagging in cyber and information warfare. We must be able to control every battle space on this planet and beyond in order to maintain our global dominance and thereby ensure the primacy of our interests and international stability. Social engineering experimentation with our military has resulted in lack of mission readiness and poor leadership. We must strengthen our forces by not only equipping them, but by being a leader in the development of new technologies as well as cutting funding to programs and methods that fail to demonstrate measurable gains in effectiveness, lethality, and mission readiness. Also, we must define a basic term: “war.” America’s last war won was WWII. We have been fighting limited wars since–and losing. We cannot continue to do the same thing and expect a different result. Additionally, our troops deserve clear strategies, goals, objectives, and practical exit plan. Per the Constitution, war is to be declared by Congress. The days of war being waged interminably via “executive war powers” must stop, and when we do go to war, we must go with the stout and manly determination to win.
What are your thoughts on the free enterprise system? The free market, more than any other system, gives the opportunity for human flourishing and the ingenuity that Americans are famous for. Not only is it the greatest generator of wealth in the history of the world, but a comfortable and independent middle class has resulted. The middle class is a powerful stabilizing force in the nation, and its interests and preservation are of utmost importance. Hence, we need to remove burdensome regulations that hamper small businesses, and make it easier for entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into tangible goods and services. The less government interferes in the private sector, the better.
What are your thoughts on the protection of the unborn? As a mother of five, I understand our children are our greatest treasure, and their lives begin at conception. Unborn babies and their mothers should be honored and protected, and folks’ religious convictions should not be willfully violated in order to pursue radical “reproductive health” agendas. Americans’ taxpayer dollars should not fund elective abortions. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will render a favorable decision in Dobbs v. Jackson this summer, and the decision regarding abortion will be returned to the states. I favor Texas’s heartbeat law, and wish Virginia would follow suit. To our horror, we now see some states proposing legislation that would allow for not only late-term abortion, but infanticide. Nevertheless, I will defend the lives of Americans, both born and unborn.
What are your thoughts on the role the family plays in America? I am a firm believer in family and parental rights: Strong nuclear families are the building blocks of vibrant, productive, and stable societies. The American family is currently under attack, and it’s not by accident, but by design. From militant ideologues that want to discuss gender identity with kindergarteners to economic policies that are driving us back towards the feudal system, American families are struggling–that is, if they are even getting started to begin with. Young Americans are waiting too long to marry and are having too few children. Marriages are unstable, and the social issues that result from single parenting and fatherlessness are tearing at the fabric of American society. Every piece of legislation must be viewed in regard to its effects on the American family. We need good policies that promote family, not those that undermine it.
What are your thoughts on equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcomes? The more the government promises equal outcomes to its citizens, the more that same government will have to trample upon individual rights and encroach upon private life as well as the inner workings of institutions, both public and private. Why? Equal outcomes are contrary to nature. Humans are not automatons, but “social justice” as some would define it, would try to make us so. We should strive to create equal opportunities, and without question, Lady Justice should keep her blindfold on. If God is no respecter of persons, then neither should we be. But, just as we see in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, it is the effort that is most regarded, and some outcomes are better than others. The outcome being a result of the shrewdness and industry of the individual.
What are your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment? The right to bear arms is an essential element of maintaining our life, liberty, and property, and it has never been more important than it is now. I am a strong proponent of the second amendment, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that right is fully realized by Virginians as it is explicitly stated in the U.S. Constitution and as our Founders intended it to be (i.e., constitutional carry).
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