Republican Lieutenant. Winsome Sears, the Gubernatorial Nominee, made history Tuesday night by becoming the first African American woman to win a state race in Virginia.
She captured the lieutenant governor’s post on the GOP ticket led by Glenn Youngkin, a former private equity CEO, who also won the gubernatorial election.
Supporters of Ms. Sears at Mr. Youngkin’s campaign election night in Chantilly Tuesday say they were just as excited for Ms. Sears as they were for the rest of the ticket.
” I came here to Winsome Sears. She had our kickoff event at Middletown’s Wayside Inn. And she was very excited for her,” Charles Harbaugh IV, Middletown Mayor, told The Washington Times. “And the history she’s making-first female lieutenant governor and first African American–all that stuff. Her .”
She was a one-term lawmaker who introduced a bill to ban cross burning in Virginia. This bill was meant to be used against groups like the KKK. The Supreme Court ruled in 2003 the statute was not constitutional if there was evidence that it was intended to intimidate others.
She also pushed for reforms targeting 13 different “medically related boards.”
Following her decision to run for statewide office two decades after leaving politics, Ms. Sears was determined to bring in a larger black and Latino coalition into the Republican party.
Ms. Sears caught criticism for the campaign poster from gun-control advocates in but she maintained that her support for the Second Amendment is another way to reach out to the black community in the commonwealth.
She previously argued, “[Guns are] for our protection, and the fastest gun-owning segments [of the population] are black women,” adding, “The only time that black people are mentioned in the news, or you see black people with a gun anywhere in print, is in relation to a crime.”