Full Name: Winsome Sears

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Office Sought: Lieutenant Governor


 Party Affiliation: Republican



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Campaign Email:                      winsome@winsomesears.com


Structured Interview Request Sent:
11 February 2021

Structured Interview Response and Date:
17 March 2021

Vetting Panel Selected: Pending

Structured Interview Completed: Pending

Biography:  Winsome was elected to a majority Black legislative district! No other Republican has done that in Virginia since 1865: She consequently also became the first (and still only) Black Republican woman elected to the House, the first female veteran, and the first legal immigrant woman.

Winsome is a mother, wife and is proud to have served in the United States Marines. She was also a hard-charging Vice President of the Virginia State Board of Education and received presidential appointments to the US Census Bureau (where she co-chaired the African American Committee) and the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
In addition to her Masters degree, Winsome also built a successful business as a trained electrician and understands the importance of helping small businesses thrive. However, Winsome is most proud of her community work leading a men’s prison ministry and as director of a women’s homeless shelter for The Salvation Army.

Winsome is running to preserve the Republican Party principles of maintaining our values of human life and dignity, equal opportunity, protecting our Second Amendment rights, less taxes, encouraging entrepreneurship, and educational choice. Winsome understands the importance of expanding the Republican Party of Virginia to include new voters, such as building relationships with the Hispanic community and bringing conservative African Americans into the Republican Party.

Why you? The Commonwealth needs bold change from our current status quo: my background and proven record of results establishes me as the best Republican nominee to win in November to take back our Lieutenant Governorship. As a Marine and legal immigrant to the US, my tenacity and work ethic are bar none. I have shown my viability and ability to win for our conservative principles when I became the first black Republican woman, first female veteran, and first female immigrant elected (in a majority-minority district, no less) to serve in the Virginia General Assembly in 2001. Unlike career politicians, when I saw that my abilities could better serve my community in a capacity outside of elected office, I declined to seek re-election. As I continued my fight for our values in the private and nonprofit sector, I have further demonstrate my record of success: including turning out more black votes for President Donald Trump than any Republican since Ronald Reagan in my capacity as National Chair of Black Americans to Re-Elect the President.

What are your priorities? Ensuring ballot box integrity, reopening the economy, making sure every family has access to school choice, standing up for every child’s right to life, and protecting our Second Amendment Rights.

Former VA Attorney General Mark Earley
Delegate Dave LaRock
Bishop E.W. Jackson
Virginia Beach Councilman John Moss
Appamattox GOP Chairman Christian Raymond
Frederick County GOP Chairman Allen Sibert
Black America’s Political Action Committee (BAMPAC)
Coalition for Motorist Rights
Trump Advisor, Tucker Davis

Master of Arts, Regent University
Bachelor of Arts, Old Dominion University

Relevant Employment History:
Owner, Shenandoah Appliance Plumbing & Electric
Former CEO, Blue Ridge Association of Realtors

Military Experience / Branch / Years of Service / Rank / Type of Discharge
US Marine Corp., 1983-1986, honorably discharged

Past Offices Held and Tenure: Member, Virginia House of Delegates, District 90, 2002-2004

Community Service:
Ministry Leader, Northern Virginia men’s prisons
Director, Salvation Army women’s homeless shelter (Hampton Roads)

Leadership Experience:
Vice Chairwoman, Virginia Board of Education
National Chair Emeritus, Black Americans to Re-Elect the President
Presidential Appointee, U.S. Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans
Co-Chair of the African American Advisory Committee, US Census Bureau

Personal Strengths:
My work ethic and drive to accomplish the American Dream that were instilled in me at a young age when my family immigrated to the US—I will never be outworked or be on the sidelines when it comes to the huge issues facing our Commonwealth. As a Marine, I have an engrained drive to fight for what is right, at any costs, and with the future of Virginia at stake for all of our children, this is a fight I will not sit idly by for while faux-conservatives in the General Assembly allow the radical left to push through dangerous policies. Finally, my faith is a cornerstone in my life and a personal strength that I believe is key for any publicly elected official.

What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you? I will not back down nor be outworked in securing change in our Commonwealth, and we must repair the damage done by the radical left over the last few years in the General Assembly and Executive Mansion. As a Marine and legal immigrant to this country, I know how important it is that we fight to maintain our Virginia values and protect our hard-won freedoms in the US. My faith and conservative principles are the foundations of my life, and I will do whatever it takes to secure these values for all of us and our children throughout Virginia.

How would your friends and family describe you? A firebrand woman of faith who knows how to put family/friends first, when necessary, but who will always be all in on a fight (and will win) for what I know is right for our communities, Commonwealth, and country. 

Do you believe – THE CONSTITUTION is the Law of the Land. Our individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, serve to limit the government as intended by the Founders?

    – Yes

Do you believe – THE CONSTITUTION is the Law of the Land. Our individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, serve to limit the government as intended by the Founders?

    – Yes

Do you believe – RELIGIOUS LIBERTY is a cornerstone of our Constitution and must be protected as in inalienable human right?

   – Yes

Do you believe – OUR HISTORY and the associated memoria serve as guideposts in our journey as a Nation, to serve as reminders of our shared sacrifices and as warnings to future generations?

   – Yes

Do you believe – GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY is essential to maintain trust and faith with The People?

   – Yes

Do you believe – PEACE is preserved through a STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE?

   – Yes

Do you believe – THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice and Fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint must be exercised by all levels of government?

   – Yes

Do you believe – ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS and must be protected?

   – Yes

Do you believe – THE FAMILY is the most essential and most empowering organization in our shared human existence?

   – Yes

Do you believe – ALL CITIZENS, in order to realize their fullest potential, are entitled to EQUAL RIGHTS, EQUAL JUSTICE, and EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, not equal outcomes?

   – Yes

Do you believe – THE 2ND AMENDMENT, serves to protect The People against domestic and foreign oppression and must be protected as an inalienable human right?

   – Yes

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