The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced today they are giving $80,000 to four minority candidates and one woman, all of whom are running for the House of delegates. They will give another $20,000 by Labor Day. Former Chairman of RSLC, Ed Gillespie said,
“The strength and diversity of Virginia’s Republican candidates this year is reflective of what we are seeing around the country, with outstanding Republican candidates who more closely reflect the electorate we seek to serve,
“Their victories in November — combined with victories in the state Senate — will go a long way in demonstrating that our Republican nominee for president will carry Virginia next year,”
Former Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño and current RSLC board member added,
“While the Democrats run mostly white men in key Virginia races this year, the Republicans’ impressive slate of qualified, conservative and diverse men and women running for the House of Delegates is reflective of where our party is today,”
The five Delegates are :
Sang Yi, who immigrated to the US from South Korea with his parents in the 1980’s, is running against Del. David L. Bulova (D-Fairfax).
Danny Vargas is a Puerto Rican who grew up on the mean streets of New York, raised by a single mom, and went on to become a successful businessman and community leader. He is running to replace the retiring Delegate Tom Rust (R-Fairfax).
Chuong Nguyen is running for the delegate seat being vacated by Del. David Ramadan (R-Loudoun). Nguyen and his family left Vietnam in a fishing boat and spent time in a Malaysian refugee camp before finally making it to the US. He went on to graduate from Harvard. He has been a teacher, a counselor, and is now a practicing attorney.
Jason Miyares is the son of a Cuban immigrant who grew up in Virginia Beach and served there as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney. He is running for the seat given up by Del. William R. DeSteph Jr. (R-Virginia Beach) who is running for Senate.
Lara Overy grew up in Newport News and was at one time a single mother. She later graduated from William and Mary and is now enrolled there in an MBA program.
Yesterday Republican Party Chairman John Whitbeck mentioned other excellent Republican minority candidates in his op-ed in the Richmond-Times.
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