TownHall: This Mom is Running to Defeat the Highest House Earner of Teachers Union Donations in Battleground VA

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans are only a few seats away from gaining the majority. One closely watched race that could help flip the House would be a win in Virginia’s 7th district, currently represented by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA). Tina Ramirez, a mom and small business owner who also runs a human rights organization, thinks she has what it takes.

Ramirez, who announced her candidacy less than a month ago, is part of a record amount number of Republican women who are running for House seats. A piece highlighting this historic number happened to coincide with Ramirez’s campaign announcement from July 1.

Fox News covered Ramirez’s entry into the race and was referenced in Rep. Spanberger’s fundraising email.

In an interview with Townhall, she shared that “across the country, especially in these tough districts, GOP women are really a formidable force.” Ramirez pointed out “we’ve seen that in my own district,” citing her role as a single mom and a small business owner. She runs an international organization called Hard Wired and is the Virginia Chair of Maggie’s List. “The issues that have affected us in the past year,” she offered, “have been motivating a lot of women to get involved in politics in a way we really haven’t seen in a long time.”

Ramirez has herself written about GOP women, in an op-ed for The Washington Times, “GOP women show their strength. It’s time to stand with them.”

Speaking on a personal level, Ramirez shared that she entered the race because “I don’t see that this country is headed in the right direction, or that it’s really going in the direction that I want my daughter to grow up in.” She listed “progressive liberal policies… which motivates me every day to fight” such as concerns over freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, being able to attend religious services, business closures, social media posts being canceled, and “indoctrin[rating]” children at school.

Ramirez would later refer to “what’s happening in our schools” as “the most glaring example of the disaster of progressive liberal policies.”

Concerns with the influence of the teacher’s unions when it comes to schools reopening, K-12 mask mandates, and the role of Critical Race Theory (CRT), is occurring on a national level.

They’re especially pertinent in the 7th district though. Rep. Spanberger raked in the most amount of money from teacher’s unions of any House member. According to OpenSecrets.org, she took in $27,641, followed by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), with $25,175. All top 20 House members are Democrats.

Spanberger’s donation amount also places her in the Top 20 in other recipient categories when it comes to this industry. For example, she is the 8th highest member of Congress, the third-highest House candidate, and the 15th highest of all recipients.

Ramirez said Spanberger “stands behind the groups that are preventing us from having our school choice, whether it’s private or public, and are literally indoctrinating our kids and shoving Critical Race Theory down our throats.”

When it comes to experiencing issues with school closures, Ramirez put her 6-year old daughter into a private school, even though she thought the district would be “great for her to go to school in. “Ramirez was firmly against forcing her daughter to learn via remote learning, though, especially since she is a single, working mom.

She called it “unconscionable that people we have elected to serve us did not have our best interests in mind.” Ramirez also framed it as how “my school choice was taken away from me,” since she had to “scramble” to ensure her daughter had an education, though she also pointed out “that was the position a lot of women were put in last year.”

Ramirez went on to discuss CRT as an “insult to injury” when it comes to “being forced to sit by and watch as they were indoctrinating children in our public schools.”

The concerns with such “indoctrinating” are also personal for Ramirez, whose daughter is biracial. Ramirez is Hispanic and her daughter’s father is from Africa. She already has “global conversations about race” with her daughter, Ramirez shared, and so “these conversations are so much harder when the public conversation… has become about public indoctrination” so that Ramirez is considered “an oppressor,” which Ramirez called “deeply disturbing.”

This is not unique to Ramirez’s family. Other biracial families have also rejected CRT.

Ramirez cites such personal reasons as to why she has been fighting against equity policies and CRT across Virginia, calling them “racist, discriminatory, and they are teaching our children to hate their parents, to be divisive in their own families” and as “a way to divide our families and our communities.”

Critical Race Theory has been at the center of the Virginia gubernatorial race as well. Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin assuring voters he would ban CRT from being taught in the commonwealth, as he has been promising since the primary. His opponent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, has meanwhile called it a “right-wing conspiracy,” while also accepting donations and endorsements from teacher’s unions. Ramirez shared she is involved with the Youngkin campaign.

In her hometown of Powhatan, they have removed themselves from the Virginia Inquiry Collaborative training teachers to teach CRT, Ramirez shared the board of supervisors and school board there since it was so “divisive” and the “uproar,” which came from African American families as well.

Readers may remember Spanberger for her passionate tone during a November 5 Democratic House members call in which she used profanities to express her concerns.

“If we run this race again we will get f*cking torn apart again in 2022,” Cortney reported her also saying. She also raised objections about rhetoric to do with defunding the police.

Rep. Spanberger was elected to her second term in 2020, beating State Del. Nick Freitas with 50.8 percent to Freitas’ 49.0 percent. She won the seat in 2018 with 50.4 percent after defeating the incumbent, Republican Dave Brat, who received 48.4 percent of the vote.

The race has attracted multiple female candidates. As Reagan covered earlier this month, Taylor Keeny, who runs the non-profit organization Little Hands Virginia, also declared her intention to run this month.

Press Release: Maggie’s List Announces Endorsement of Tina Ramirez for Congress

Chesterfield, VA – Maggie’s List, a Federal PAC which was founded in 2010 to raise awareness and funds to increase the number of conservative women elected to federal public office, has officially endorsed Tina Ramirez for Congress in Virginia’s 7th District (VA-07). This further builds on the momentum that Tina has been building since the first week of announcing, during which she announced that she had raised over $100,000. As the first Republican to receive a national endorsement in VA-07, Tina has further cemented her standing as the frontrunner to take on incumbent Abigail Spanberger in 2022. This comes on the heels of the release of her first round of endorsements from public officials; Tina is the only candidate to demonstrate such a wide range of broad support.

The following quote is all attributable to Tina Ramirez: “It’s an honor to be endorsed by Maggie’s List, which is an amazing organization that I have been proud to work with and support. This is a strong group of Conservative women and I am humbled to be counted among them. Together, we will take back the House and Senate in 2022 and restore our shared American values.”

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Whether crafting legislation, securing the release of imprisoned victims, or engaging foreign dignitaries, Tina Ramirez has worked diligently to bring greater freedom and dignity to people around the world. From her early days as a high school teacher, through recent years in charge of an international non-profit organization, she has committed her entire life to service and to the preservation of human rights for all people.

In 2013, she used her experience to create Hardwired Global, an organization that addresses the root causes of religious conflict and works to defend the rights of the oppressed. She has since worked in more than 30 countries and trained hundreds of journalists, lawyers, religious leaders, and teachers. She has testified before the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, and the African Union, and has published several articles and books related to her work on human rights and religious freedom.

Tina was raised in Powhatan County, Virginia where her father founded a medical practice and her mother ran a midwifery practice. Tina now lives in Richmond with her daughter, Abigail.

Tina Ramirez Raised Over $100k in Less Than One Week After Announcing Her Congressional Candidacy

Chesterfield, VA – Tina Ramirez has raised over $100k in less than a week after announcing her candidacy for Congress in Virginia’s 7th District. This tremendous fundraising effort and widespread grassroots support solidifies Tina as the front-runner for the Republican nomination in the 7th District and demonstrates that she is far and away the best candidate to take on Abigail Spanberger in November 2022.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support from throughout Virginia’s 7th district. People are ready for a change and the progressive, liberal policies we’ve seen from Abigail Spanberger are not reflective of the district’s values and priorities. And this wave of grassroots support, which has already led to over $100k raised, sends a message that the people of the 7th District understand that I am the most qualified and most funded to beat Spanberger next fall.”

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Whether crafting legislation, securing the release of imprisoned victims, or engaging foreign dignitaries, Tina Ramirez has worked diligently to bring greater freedom and dignity to people around the world. From her early days as a high school teacher, through recent years in charge of an international non-profit organization, she has committed her entire life to service and to the preservation of human rights for all people.

While working for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, she developed policies to improve religious freedom in several countries. As a Foreign Policy Advisor for numerous members of Congress, she helped start and direct the bi-partisan Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus.

In 2013, she used her experience to create Hardwired Global, an organization that addresses the root causes of religious conflict and works to defend the rights of the oppressed. She has since worked in more than 30 countries and trained hundreds of journalists, lawyers, religious leaders, and teachers. She has testified before the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, and the African Union, and has published several articles and books related to her work on human rights and religious freedom.

PRESS RELEASE: Tina Ramirez announced her campaign for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District

Chesterfield, VA Tina Ramirez announced today that she is running for the Republican Nomination for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Tina is a Hispanic-American, single mom, and the Founder and President of Hardwired Global, an international human rights organization.

Tina brings years of proven leadership, international experience, and a background as small business owner, and is poised to shake up Washington.

The following statement can be attributed to U.S. Congressional Candidate Tina Ramirez (VA-07):

“I am running for Congress because I have spent my life defending freedom around the world, only to watch our freedoms come under attack at home. I want my daughter to grow up in the free and prosperous America that I grew up in. I know how to fix the problems we face and defend our rights and liberties, because I’ve done it. I will fight to undo the damage done by progressive, liberal policies that have decimated our economy, destroyed our education system, and made American families less safe and less prosperous.”

“Abigail Spanberger is voting lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden for policies that are creating burdensome regulations for small businesses who are already hurting from COVID, politicizing and downgrading our education system, and making our elections less secure. Spanberger has worked only for herself, the lobbyists that fund her, and her boss, Nancy Pelosi. Virginia’s 7th District deserves real leadership; someone who will serve them and work for their interests, not special interests. That’s what I have done my whole life and that is what I will do in Congress.”

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Whether crafting legislation, securing the release of imprisoned victims, or engaging foreign dignitaries, Tina Ramirez has worked diligently to bring greater freedom and dignity to people around the world. From her early days as a high school teacher, through recent years in charge of an international non-profit organization, she has committed her entire life to service and to the preservation of human rights for all people.

While working for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, she developed policies to improve religious freedom in several countries. As a Foreign Policy Advisor for numerous members of Congress, she helped start and direct the bi-partisan Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus.

In 2013, she used her experience to create Hardwired Global, an organization that addresses the root causes of religious conflict and works to defend the rights of the oppressed. She has since worked in more than 30 countries and trained hundreds of journalists, lawyers, religious leaders, and teachers. She has testified before the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, and the African Union, and has published several articles and books related to her work on human rights and religious freedom.

Tina was raised near her mother’s large, extended family in Powhatan County, Virginia where her father founded a medical practice and her mother ran a midwifery practice. Her parents, both second-generation descendants of Mexican and Czech immigrants and both Air Force Veterans, influenced Tina’s passion for service, freedom, and work with people worldwide. For Tina, Richmond is more than home: as the birthplace of religious freedom in America, it embodies her life-long work and calling. Tina now lives in Richmond with her daughter, Abigail.

Washington Times: Religious Freedom Advocate Seeks Republican Nod to Challenge Rep. Abigail Spanberger

An advocate for greater religious freedom has announced a repeat bid to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) in what is likely to once again be among the most closely watched races in Virginia and nationally.

Tina Ramirez, the founder of the nonprofit Hardwired Global, entered the race for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District on Thursday after losing last year in a Republican nominating convention to state Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper). Freitas ultimately lost to Spanberger in November by less than two percentage points.

The seat has been a top target for national Republicans since Spanberger, a former CIA officer, ousted Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) during the 2018 blue wave. Although the district went for Donald Trump in 2016, voters narrowly chose President Biden in 2020.

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Spanberger, a moderate Blue Dog Democrat, saw frequent Republican attacks last year seeking to link her with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and on Thursday Ramirez did the same.

“Abigail Spanberger is voting lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden for policies that are creating burdensome regulations for small businesses who are already hurting from COVID, politicizing and downgrading our education system, and making our elections less secure,” Ramirez wrote in a statement.

A spokesman for the Spanberger campaign declined to respond.

Ramirez, a Richmond native and a former high school teacher, has worked for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and advised members of Congress on the issue as well. Her nonprofit offers training on navigating religious intolerance and discrimination around the world.

“I have spent my life defending freedom around the world, only to watch our freedoms come under attack at home,” Ramirez said in her statement. “I want my daughter to grow up in the free and prosperous America that I grew up in.”

Two other Republicans, Gary Barve and John Castorani, have also filed to run for the Republican nomination in the 7th District.