The Democratic Party did not only lose the governor’s seat in the state of Virginia, but it also lost the lieutenant governor’s seat as well. Winsome Sears is a Republican and now Virginia’s Lt. Governor-elect. She praised the opportunities that have been afforded to her by the United States after coming to this country as a six-year-old immigrant from Jamaica. Sears declared that she is living “the American dream.”
Winsome Sears is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps., and by winning the election this past Tuesday night, she became the first black woman to be elected to a statewide office in the state of Virginia.
In accepting the win, she said that she was at a loss for words for the first time in her life. “So, I’m here because of you. I’m here because you voted for me, I’m here because you put your trust in me. That’s the only reason I’m here. Thank you,” Sears said.
The lieutenant governor-elect declared that there were some who wanted to divide people and that they could not let that happen. She said, “They would like us to believe we are back in 1963, when my father came. We can live wherever we want, we can eat where we want, we own the water fountains. We have had a black president elected not once but twice and here I am living proof. In case you haven’t noticed, I am black and I have been black all my life.”
Winsome Sears promised that she was not going to get caught up in the division, but she was going to be about the business of the Commonwealth. She said that there were things to attend to, like making sure that Virginia’s historically black colleges and universities were fully funded.
She promised that the people were going to hear from Glenn Younkin, the new governor-elect. And she said that he had a day-one plan that was already making her tired. Sears questioned how they were going to make it to day two. She said that Governor-elect Younkin was going to make sure that we keep more of the people’s money in their pockets because he is going to get rid of all kinds of taxes.
Sears promised that they were going to have safer neighborhoods and safer communities. And she promised that Virginia’s children were going to get a good education. She noted that it was education that lifted her father out of poverty, it lifted her out of poverty, and it would lift “all of us” out of poverty because the people must have marketable skills so that their children can “not just survive, but they will thrive, and they recreate generational wealth.” She promised that was what their platform was about.
Sears’s father came to this country on August 11th of 1963. He came at the height of the Civil Rights movement from Jamaica. He believed that America was where the jobs and the opportunities were. Her father entered America with only $1.75 to his name. He took any job that he could find, worked his way through school, and started his American dream. He is now comfortably retired.
Sears’s father went back to Jamaica to get Sears when she was only six. She said when she got off of that Pan Am Boeing 737 and landed at JFK, it was like she landed in a new world.
Winsome Sears ended her speech with a rousing promise: “The cavalry has arrived.” They will help Virginians to get the state turned around after being under Democratic leadership for a number of years.
The new lieutenant governor took time to introduce her husband, Terence, who is also a Marine. And she introduced her two daughters, Katia and Janel. With her family beside her, she told the supporters that they were looking at the American dream.