WSears’ uncertain journey from her home country to Jamaica to pursue her version of the American Dream has led her to run for lieutenant governor of Virginia in this year’s election.
Sears wore many hats throughout this time, starting as an electrician in the United States Marine Corps, working at a women’s shelter, and working at the state level as a delegate for the 90th District of Virginia. , becoming the first black immigrant Republican to be elected. to this post. Sears believes these experiences will guide her if she is elected lieutenant governor.
âIn many ways my life experiences have uniquely prepared me to serve the entire fabric of our state as I uniquely connect and identify with so many Virginians,â said Sears.
For this reason, Sears wants to guarantee Virginians the possibility of pursuing their version of the American dream.
“I firmly believe in the power of the American dream and I want to make sure that all Virginians have fair and equal access to it by creating an environment for better paying jobs and reducing costs for families,” she said. declared.
According to Sears, one of those key elements in being able to pursue this dream is education, a topic Sears is familiar with having served as vice chairman of the Virginia State Board of Education. Sears wants to focus a lot of effort on improving the education system for Virginians. She cites the damage caused by students’ loss of learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, she also advocates for innovation and high teacher pay as part of her school improvement goals public.
âOur students have fallen behind due to prolonged school closures and lower school standards. We will empower parents and restore excellence by keeping our schools open and safe on a regular weekly schedule. We will continue to maintain high standards and support our students with their resources to achieve them, âSears said. âTeachers must be paid more, and the facilities and resources to teach our children will be improved and provided. Innovation is needed, and I would advocate for a significant investment in all of our educational institutions.
It’s a similar goal to that of her opponent, Democratic candidate Hala Ayala, who on her website calls schools the building blocks of the future. Having also worked as a delegate in the 51st District, Ayala touts her accomplishments in this area, such as increasing budgets for special education and increasing teachers’ salaries in Virginia by 2%.
Ayala is reportedly looking to expand Governor Ralph Northam’s G3 plan that offers two years of free community college for students training in high-demand occupations. Sears looks to his running mate Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin and his day one plan as the answer to the issues facing Virginia’s education problems.
Youngkin’s plan also includes increasing teacher compensation and investments in special education, as well as restoring expectations in preparing students for colleges and careers.
“What’s not appealing about our next Governor’s Day 1 shot?” Sears asked. “Reducing costs for Virginians, keeping our communities safe, reinvigorating job growth, restoring excellence in education and making government work for the people rather than politicians are the changes we are making. must see in Virginia. “
Sears also stressed the need to embark on these goals not only to revive Virginia’s education system, but also other issues made worse by the state’s response to the pandemic.
âSadly, our recovery from the pandemic ranks in the bottom 10 among states. Our students are late for school, violent crime has peaked in 20 years and much of our government is broken, âSears said. âAs a result, people vote with their feet and leave the Commonwealth. All aspects of this plan will need to be implemented to turn Virginia back on its feet and point in the right direction. “
As a business owner, Sears also sees the state of economic affairs in Virginia as something that should be addressed as well. She addresses issues such as the rising cost of living for the middle class and corporate tax increases that she says have stifled economic growth and state prosperity.
âAll of Virginia, not just the Northern Corridor, deserves to be economically competitive,â Sears said. Sadly, Virginia has lost Fortune 500 companies and the talents of college graduates and military retirees to other states under this current administration. This shouldn’t be the case, especially when the southern part of our state has the best and most natural deep-water harbors in the country. “
Ayala, on the other hand, according to her website, wants to focus on worker protection and wants to introduce a bill imposing a risk premium on essential workers to help rebuild the local economy due to the pandemic.
âAs a mother, community servant, former vice president of the Virginia State Board of Education, and business owner, I also understand the economic challenges that many Virginians face,â Sears said. âMy life has allowed me to understand the needs of our children and the pressures felt by everyday Virginians doing their best to provide for the needs and prepare their families for a hopeful future. “
Sears and Ayala will run for lieutenant governor in the general election on November 2.