Virginia has spoken at the polls and elected Republican candidate Winsome Sears as Lieutenant Governor and Republican Glenn Youngkin as Governor. Sears, 57, will become the first Black woman to win a statewide office in Virginia.
Sears beat Democratic candidate Hala Ayala with over 51% of the vote as of late Tuesday. Ayala is a native Virginian in the House of Delegates, and identifies as Afro-Latina, with roots in North Africa, El Salvador, Lebanon, and Ireland. Sears ran her campaign on creating more jobs, lowering taxes and strengthening state schools. Ayala focused on affordable healthcare.
A former Marine, Sears emigrated to the United States when she was a child from Jamaica. Her resume includes being the director of a Salvation Army homeless shelter, served a single term in Virginia’s House of Delegates from 2002 to 2004, was vice president of the Virginia Board of Education, and owns an appliance and plumbing repair store in Virginia.
Sears was the first Black Republican, first female military veteran, and the first naturalized US citizen to serve in the legislative body. She also beat out the 20-year Democratic incumbent of Virginia’s 90th District, William Robinson. Instead of seeking re-election in her seat, she unsuccessfully ran for Virginia’s 3rd congressional district in Congress against longtime Democratic representative Bobby Scott.
Sears also served as the national chairperson for the Black Americans to Re-Elect President Trump; a position that may have helped her in her win as she touted it often on the campaign trail.
Business Insider reports “Sears ran alongside Glenn Youngkin, Virginia’s new governor-elect, and Republican Del. Jason Miyares, the state’s new attorney general-elect. Ayala was on a ticket with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring.”
“These three statewide races posed the most significant electoral test yet of the Democratic party’s strength in the commonwealth since President Joe Biden took office in January.”
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“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”
The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.
The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.
Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”
Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed into law the most restive abortion ban in the United States. pic.twitter.com/nDjCQcG7UI
— Storme Jones (@StormeJones) May 25, 2022
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