Winsome Sears graduated from Regent University with a Master of Arts in organizational leadership. Sears is a former Marine veteran, member of the Virginia State House of Delegates, Vice President of the Virginia State Board of Education, and co-chair of the US Census Bureau’s African American Committee. Sears became the first black female Republican to hold a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. She also leads a men’s prison ministry and directs a women’s homeless shelter for The Salvation Army.
Sears supports the 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms. She believes gun control laws limit the right to self-defense, and is an advocate for increased gun ownership.
Sears wants to strengthen the integrity of Virginia’s elections. She supports updating voter rolls, tightening vote by mail requirements, and mandating Virginian voting machines be manufactured in America by American companies. Sears also believes in issuing paper receipts to voters validating their ballot.
Sears pledges to help small businesses recover in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. She supports health guidelines in the workplace, and desires to reopen Virginia. She believes that inflation and rising prices are responsible for businesses shutting down.
Sears is pro-life and rejects abortion, and pledges to do “everything in her power” to prevent abortions from taking place in Virginia. In the past, she has stated for later abortions “where there may be a fetus that’s non viable”, the decision should be up to parents and medical professionals.
Octavia L. Johnson, former Roanoke City Sherriff; Amanda Chase, Virginia State Senator; Virginia Police Benevolent Association (VAPBA)