Mr. Youngkin ran to rebuild and reimagine Virginia into the best place in America to live, work and raise a family. Mr. Youngkin is not a politician. He is a homegrown Virginian and has spent the last 30 years raising his family, serving the church, building businesses and creating jobs. He is guided by faith, conservative values, and an unshakeable belief that Virginia should be the best. He believes we have all been tested. When his dad lost his job, he starting washing dishes at a diner to help out and worked hard to earn a basketball scholarship to pay for school. Guided by faith and a firm belief in hard work, he has spent the last 30 years creating jobs and growing businesses, while with the help of his wife Suzanne raising 4 great kids,
When COVID-19 hit Virginia, Glenn and Suzanne founded the Virginia Ready Initiative, a nonprofit, public-private partnership dedicated to helping Virginians who are out-of-work get the training they need to secure in-demand jobs. To date, roughly 2,000 Virginians have started the journey with VA Ready, preparing for a new career and new life. When crisis strikes, Glenn doesn’t just talk – he acts.
Political insiders and career politicians in Richmond are failing our Commonwealth with lives lost, businesses closed, jobs lost, and our basic rights challenged like never before. Mr. Youngkin believes that together, we can bring a new day to Virginia with fresh ideas, shared values, and innovative solutions to rebuild and reimagine Virginia's future.
It's on these values, which we all share - HARD WORK, FAMILY, FAITH - that we will rebuild Virginia to be the best, and that is what he will fight for as Governor. On day one, Glenn will bring to the Governor’s Office 30 years of successful, real-world business experience, to rebuild a better Virginia for everyone who calls it home. He’s answering the call to serve his community. It’s time for a new day in Virginia.
You can view her web site here: http://youngkinforgovernor.com
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 ran 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.
While campaigning Winsome stated, "This afternoon, on my drive into Richmond, I passed the First African Baptist Church —a place of worship organized by freedmen and slaves —where, in 1865, the first-ever Republican State Convention was hosted. Now, today, as the first Republican since 1865 to represent a Majority Black District, I am honored to accept the nomination to be Lieutenant Governor. From the time my family arrived in America from Jamaica, we have realized and appreciated the opportunity that the US provided us: however, we never could have imagined that would include the possibility of being the second-in-command of the Home of the American and world’s longest-standing Democracy."
She further stated, “The Republican Party and the Virginia GOP are the Big Tent Party, and it’s time our Party’s base reflected our collective Virginia values. We’ll be going to and directly making the case to folks that are conservative but haven’t realized they’re Republicans, yet. After all, it wasn’t until President George H.W. Bush made the case to me during his campaign for President, that I realized it I, myself, was a Republican."
You can view her web site here: https://winsomesears.com/
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Former Delegate Jason Miyares is an example of President Ronald Reagan’s "Shining City upon a Hill." His story begins with his mother, Miriam Maria Miyares, who fled communist Cuba in 1965 with the clothes on her back and no idea from where her next meal would come. She legally immigrated to the United States and instilled in her three sons a passionate love of the freedom and democracy of America. Miyares grew up in Virginia Beach, attending local public schools and growing up in a middle-class household that emphasized the values of hard work, love of country, and service above self.
Above all, his mother’s story of losing everything she owned to the horrors of socialism taught Jason Miyares firsthand the truth of Ronald Reagan’s maxim that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction… it must be fought for, protected and handed on…..”
That truth animates Jason Miyares’ service as a prosecutor, leader and Delegate.
In November of 2015, he won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district's history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever elected to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.
In the House of Delegates, Miyares has been a conservative voice in Richmond, standing up against the Defund the Police movement and proudly standing with our law enforcement community. He serves on the General Laws, Courts of Justice and Transportation Committees, where he has worked to build smarter, more accountable government working on transparency and regulatory reform. Recognized as a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Delegate Miyares has consistently opposed higher taxes and regulations that make it hard for small business owners to expand and thrive. In 2019, Miyares advanced landmark legislation that makes it easier for small business owners to provide childcare services as a benefit to their employees. A former prosecutor (Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney) for the City of Virginia Beach, Miyares worked to keep our most violent criminals off our streets and our families safe.
While campaigning, Jason stated that as Attorney General, "As a former prosecutor I’ve been on the front lines protecting our communities and putting violent criminals behind bars and I know the devastating impact soft on criminals policies have. We need an Attorney General who will work with our law enforcement officers, not against them. I’ll defend the police, not defund them, – and give them the tools to do their job. In Richmond they’re trying to expose police officers to bankrupting lawsuits for doing their jobs. And in Northern Virginia, they’re pulling police resource officers out of schools."
Furthermore he stated, "Virginia needs an Attorney General who will defend the rule of law and the importance of policing. I’ll defend our constitution – and oppose left-wing radicals who try to get around it. We need an Attorney General whose top priority is protecting our communities. Making our communities safe will be my top priority. I believe all Virginians want safe neighborhoods for our kids. They want violent criminals to remain behind bars. And they want to stand with our law enforcement officers working to keep our communities safe."
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John Avoli’s life story symbolizes the American Dream. Born in a mountain top village in Italy, he came to the United States at age 10, settling with his family in the small West Virginia steel mill town of Weirton.
He graduated from Madonna High School, and earned a scholarship to play football and study at the University of Richmond. After his 1974 graduation from Richmond, John began a long career in public education by becoming a teacher and football and track coach at Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville.
He earned a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Virginia in 1979, and was appointed the assistant principal of Valley Vocational Technical Center in Fishersville the same year. After four years of helping run Valley Vo-Tech and serving students in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County, John was named principal of Stuarts Draft High School in 1983.
John returned to Valley Vo-Tech in 1987 as principal. He held that position until 2001. That is when John became executive director of the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. He held that position until his 2017 retirement.
His political career started in 1990 when John ran for Staunton City Council. He served on the council for 16 years, including 14 as Staunton’s mayor.
John worked collaboratively during that time to improve life in Staunton. He worked with “great teams” of council members, city staff and numerous boards and commissions. The record of accomplishment is well-documented: The renovation of the middle school and elementary schools in Staunton, and a new and expanded city library, Gypsy Hill Park upgrades including a new gym and new athletic fields, West End Fire Station construction, upgraded water treatment plant and improved water and sewer lines throughout Staunton, creation of the Green Hills Industrial Park, and much more.
AS OUR CURRENT DELEGATE – John believes in the right to life, supporting public education to include a parents right to choose the best education for their child, supporting agriculture to include agritourism, the right to bear arms, supporting small business, supporting legislation that assist local law enforcement and mental health professionals to tackle the drug crisis, limiting wasteful tax increases, improving Interstate 81, and providing expanded internet access to our rural areas.
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You can contact his office in any of the following ways:
Richmond Office: (804) 698-1020
Pocahontas Building, Room E412
900 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219
District Office: (540) 200-8112
PO Box 1942
Staunton, VA 24402
I am very proud to announce that Speaker of the House, Todd Gilbert, and House Education Committee Chairman, Glenn Davis, have selected me to serve as Vice Chairman of the Education Committee and Chairman of the PreK-12 Subcommittee.
I have dedicated my life to public service and K-12 education, and I am honored to have the opportunity to help steer legislation concerning public schools back in the right direction. I thank Speaker Gilbert and Chairman Davis for trusting me to accomplish our shared goals for education in Virginia.
In addition to my new roles on the Education Committee, Speaker Gilbert has appointed me to continue on the Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Committee on Transportation. I have also been assigned to the committee on Counties Cities and Towns.
Now that Republicans hold the majority in the House of Delegates, I look forward to offering a more robust portfolio of bills for consideration by the General Assembly with the hopes that they will become law for the betterment of Commonwealth.
You, the voters, made clear in November that improving education in Virginia is the top priority. Many of you are parents of schoolchildren. I am proud to carry the Parents' Bill of Rights, which guarantees parents have the fundamental right to know what their children are learning in schools and choose whether or not certain teachings are appropriate for their children to learn.
In order to address the prevalence of substance use and mental health crises, I will offer a bill to authorize pre-charge diversion programs in Virginia to support our current Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program as a pilot program for the Commonwealth. The goal of this program is to divert low-level, non-violent misdemeanor offenders from the criminal justice system in order to increase judicial efficiency, provide beneficial alternative outcomes for participants, and reduce recidivism, all easing the strain on our law enforcement officers and courts system.
I am carrying a bill on behalf of Augusta Health and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association to permanently ease restrictions on bed capacity for existing hospitals and nursing homes without requiring a certificate.
Along with Senator Hanger, I will carry a bill to allow for a new, transparent referendum vote for the citizens of Augusta County to decide once and for all whether or not to build, and relocate to, a new County Courthouse in Verona.
As I tried to accomplish in 2021, I am offering a bill to eliminate an outdated tax penalty that punishes certain taxpayers for filing their taxes with a professional accountant and mailing a check to the Department of Taxation.
The City of Waynesboro has adopted a change to their governing Charter, so I will carry the bill for the General Assembly to recognize the changes made by local elected officials.
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