Tina Ramirez Announces Campaign Finance Committee With Impressive List of Conservative, Business and Grassroots Leaders

Midlothian, Virginia – Republican Tina Ramirez (VA-07) announced a campaign finance committee filled with an all-star cast of business, grassroots and conservative leaders from the Commonwealth and across the nation. The nearly 50-member committee will help guide Ramirez to victory against Spanberger come November.

“I am humbled to have so many great supporters from across the Republican Party on this Committee,” said Ramirez. “Our campaign has been fueled by the conservative grassroots, not DC lobbyists or special interests. This Committee represents the momentum we have been feeling on the ground since we announced a year ago. Virginians are ready for a candidate that can beat Democrat Abigail Spanberger. I’m the only candidate who can do that.”

As a first time candidate for public office, Ramirez has raised over $350,000 and has obtained key endorsements from conservative leaders inside Virginia’s 7th congressional district and across the country.

The Ramirez Finance Committee includes:

National leaders
Gus Bilirakis – Current Florida Congressman (FL 12th district)
Trent Franks – Former Arizona Congressman (AZ 2nd district)
Doug & Jacki Deason – President of the Deason Foundation
Bill Noble – Owner, William Noble Rare Jewels
Orlando Salazar – Member of Latinos for Trump
Loreen Gilbert – President, WealthWise Financial Services
Ron Williams – Retired Secret Service, CEO of Talon Companies
Tatiana Moon – President of Kirov Academy
Deacon Keith Esshaki, Dr. Noori Barka, & Kamal Alsawaf – Members of Chaldean American Community
Darrin Mroz – President of DJM Insurance
Peter & Joy Bohlinger
The Russo Family
Steve & Deb Cleary
Randal & Amy Clark
Ashlee & Kelly Dunagan
Tanveer Ahmed
Guy & Patsy Young
Jim & Peggy Dau

District Delegates
William H. Hurd – Chesterfield Delegate, Former Solicitor General of Virginia
Craig Stariha – Chesterfield Delegate, Retired Altria Executive
Dr. James & Dodie Anderson – Chesterfield Delegates
Jim & Merri Beth Gibson – Chesterfield delegates, Owner of Mypills2go.com
Dr. Ben Howerton – Henrico Delegate, Chair of The First Freedom Council
Mike Mickel – Henrico Delegate
Pat & Catherine Hughes – Henrico Delegates
Tommy Towers – Henrico delegate, Owner of James River Custom Homes
Sidney Gunst – Powhatan Delegate
Pete & Judy DeChat – Spotsylvania Delegates, Author & Philanthropist
Dr. Rich Breeden (ABD) – Spotsylvania Delegate, Ceo Cyber Safari Inc.

Local Supporters
Frank Batten Jr. – Chairman of Landmark Media Enterprises, Virginia supporter
Guadalupe Sigman – Secretary/Treasurer Independent Auto Dealers Association District 4
Virginia, Fredericksburg supporter
Marlon Dance – Virginia Supporter
Bennie & Marcy W. Thomas, M.D. – Chesterfield supporters
Keith Jones – Chesterfield supporter
Wilson Spencer – Chesterfield supporter
Louis C. Smith – E. Alvin Small Funeral Home, Goochland supporter
Elizabeth S. Middleton – Goochland supporter
Kadita & Priscilla Tshibaka – Spotsylvania supporters

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Tina Ramirez grew up in rural Powhatan County, Virginia. Tina has 20 years of experience as a public school teacher, foreign policy expert, and authority on international human rights law and religious freedom. Tina is the founder and President of Hardwired Global, an organization that defends religious freedom globally. Previously, Tina worked for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Becket Law, and the U.S. Congress, where she founded the bi-partisan International Religious Freedom Caucus. Tina has traveled to over 30 countries in the course of her work and has written and spoken extensively, including before the United Nations and the African Union, and testified before the U.S. Congress. Tina and her 5-year-old daughter, Abigail, live in Chesterfield County.

We Need to Come Together as Republicans

Friend – Please look at the letter that I have signed with fellow congressional candidates about the nomination process. We need to come together as Republicans. Read below:

Delegates of the 7th District:

As candidates for Congress competing with each other for the nomination in the 7th District, we have taken this extraordinary step of writing you together to express our concerns and enlist your help.  Make no mistake about it, the Republican nominee in our district can beat Abigail Spanberger.  But to do that, we must all work to ensure the process to nominate our candidate is done with a goal of helping the eventual nominee come out of the process as strong as possible to help us win in November.

Months ago, the 7th district committee voted to nominate our candidate by convention, a vote we all supported.  Originally the Committee selected April 25 as the convention date to ensure the nominee had as much time as possible to build their campaign infrastructure for the general election.  COVID-19 changed a lot of those plans.

The committee chose a convention in large part to ensure that the party’s nominee would have to be selected by a majority vote (50% plus 1) to emerge with the majority of Republican support.  A primary or party canvas allows plurality voting, but a convention –  with multi-voting and multiple ballots – does not.  If it did, it would not in fact, be a convention.  Because of COVID-19, the Committee is entertaining a drive through convention, where voters drive to the Kings Dominion area , cast their ballots, and leave.  I think we can all agree that despite the late date of July 18, the likelihood of a convened normal convention is highly unlikely.

Which means the committee has to seriously start planning for a process of drive through voting.

We as candidates competing for this important nomination, believe that it is within the Republican Party’s interest that the nominee be chosen by a majority vote of the delegates eligible to participate in the convention.  That can only happen with ranked choice voting.  It doesn’t add any time or effort to the balloting process, it just allows for a process that ensures the strongest possible candidate emerges as the nominee and ensures the Republican party remains unified ahead of a very challenging election.  Without that unity, without that majority, winning in the fall becomes extraordinarily difficult.

We ask that as voting delegates, you join us in communicating with your local party leadership, either through email or phone call, and ask them to support a system that provides unity and the most broad level of support for the eventual Republican Nominee.  Click here to find your 7th District Committee representative and contact them now!  Tell them to support a majority vote with ranked choice voting, and help our nominee win in November!

Sincerely,

Tina Ramirez

John McGuire

Andrew Knaggs

7th District GOP Candidate Tina Ramirez Highlights Work On Religious Freedom In Iraq

This week, 7th District GOP candidate Tina Ramirez sat down with the The Daily Caller to talk about her work in Iraq to obtain religious freedom for all people. I wanted to show this video because it shows something that I think is not highlighted enough as Republicans.

Something you don’t see every day in the Republican Party of Virginia is ideas and innovations. People can say “buzzwords” like “Liberty” and “Freedom,” they can do a lot of things to talk about it, but how many people have actually put boots on the ground for the cause they believe in?

How many congressional candidates would leave their lofty perches of the elite to go to Iraq or the Sudan to actually attempt to make a difference about the things that they see in the world.

Tina Ramirez could be our catalyst to start winning elections in Virginia. She represents the fact that Republicans have to be FOR SOMETHING, so much so that they would risk life and limb to obtain the freedom we so desperately desire.

Hundreds Of Christians Are Brainwashed In The Middle East, Congressional Candidate Tina Ramirez Says

Hundreds of Christians are brainwashed in the Middle East, said Republican congressional candidate Tina Ramirez.

The Virginia congressional candidate said hundreds of Christians were murdered, raped and brainwashed into becoming Islamic terrorists when the Iraqi people relied on their government for protection. Ramirez, who is running to unseat Democratic Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger, explained her first-hand understanding of the importance of religious freedom.

Tina Ramirez Announces First Round of Local Endorsements

Midlothian, Virginia – Today, Tina Ramirez announces her first round of local endorsements from inside Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. These local elected officials, community leaders, and conservative activists represent the grassroots momentum that Tina Ramirez has experienced since announcing her run for Congress.

Endorsements:

Neil Spoonhower – Goochland County Board of Supervisors
Chris Winslow – Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
Debbie Bailey – Chairman, Chesterfield County School Board
Kirk Twigg – Spotsylvania School Board
Carey Allen – Chesterfield Soil and Water District Director and Vice-Chair of the Chesterfield County Republican Committee
Chuck Fadus – Midlothian Magisterial District Chairman
Patrick Regan – Former Treasurer, Chesterfield County Republican Committee
Phil Scott – Candidate for Spotsylvania School Board
Jerry Baldwin – Former Past Chairman, Chesterfield County Republican Committee
Tammy Ridout – Former Candidate for Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
Thomas Glessner – Spotsylvania County – President of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates
Dr. Ben Howerton – Henrico County – Chair of First Freedom Council

“I’m humbled and honored to have large local support from leaders across the district. Since the beginning of this race, I have made it a priority to run a campaign fueled by local resources and conservative activists inside the 7th Congressional District, not DC politicians and lobbyists,” said Tina Ramirez. “These endorsements show grassroots momentum that will ultimately lead to victory against Abigail Spanberger in the fall.”

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Tina Ramirez grew up in rural Powhatan County, Virginia. Tina has 20 years of experience as a public school teacher, foreign policy expert, and authority on international human rights law and religious freedom. Before starting Hardwired Global, Tina worked for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where she developed policy recommendations to protect persecuted communities in Sudan, Iraq, Turkey, Georgia, and Cuba. While working for the U.S. Congress, she founded the bi-partisan International Religious Freedom Caucus. Her intent and major accomplishment was re-directing U.S. policy so that religious freedom was prioritized when dealing with foreign governments. Tina has traveled to over 30 countries in the course of her work and has written and spoken extensively, including before the United Nations and the African Union, and testified before the U.S. Congress. Tina and her 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, live in the Richmond suburbs.

Some Republicans See Momentum In Gun Sanctuary Movement. Will It Work?

Democrats in Virginia now hold unified control of state government for the first time since 1993 after making big gains in the 2017 and 2019 elections. Part of that success they attribute to promising to deliver what they call common-sense gun legislation.

Polls released after the 2019 legislative elections, in which Democrats captured the House of Delegates and Senate, showed that gun violence prevention was in fact the top issue for voters.

However, the Republican losses, along with Democrats filing the actual bills that will tighten gun laws, has motivated gun activists to mobilize. These efforts are being spearheaded by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a group that says it is “dedicated to advancing the rights of Virginians to keep and bear arms pursuant to the Second Amendment.”

They have enacted a sweeping campaign to pressure elected officials in localities across Virginia to declare themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries.”

Scores of localities have passed some form of the measure, according to the VCDL. Gun rights supporters haven’t been shy, showing up at local government meetings by the hundreds to try influence local officials.

Meetings in Virginia Beach and Prince George and Prince William counties were a testament to the ability of the gun groups to mobilize, with crowds filling up the overflow rooms and spilling outside. Seeing the movement unfold, some Republicans are beginning to feel flickers of optimism that they finally have a message to rally around and counter Democratic momentum heading into 2020.

“Finally the Democrats have touched on an issue where Republicans are entirely unwilling to compromise,” said Shaun Kenney, former executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia. “If Virginia wasn’t in play for Trump before, it is now.”

Not everyone sees it that way. Virginia has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 2004, and a Republican has not won a statewide election in Virginia since 2009 when Bob McDonnell beat Creigh Deeds in the race for governor.

Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, says it’s a reach to claim that gun control could reshape the 2020 elections in Virginia, with races for president, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on the ballot. Farnsworth says that the two biggest factors that will influence the presidential race will be the shape of the economy and who the Democrats nominate.

“It is important to remember that people tend to blame politicians who vote for a particular measure,” said Farnsworth. “(U.S. Rep. Abigail) Spanberger is not going to be voting on gun control measures at the state level. Individual lawmakers who vote for or against certain measures may be vulnerable in their own re-elections, two years from now.”

Some Democratic operatives and potential candidates who spoke on the condition of anonymity said they are concerned that leadership might overreach on guns, creating a backlash that will be hard to combat on the campaign trail in the years to come.

In meantime, groups who have been advocating for gun safety are urging legislators to move forward effectively by using evidence-based ideas.

“We need to be sure all Virginians have a seat at the table and that all voices are heard,” said Robyn Sordelett, a local lead for Moms Demand Action, a group founded after the Sandy Hook massacre. “In particular, that means engaging with rural Dems and their constituents. This isn’t about moderation — the people spoke loud and clear about their commitment to gun safety in the election. It’s about looking at what legislation has the best outcomes in other states so that we can enact evidence-based gun safety measures.”

‘We are not the problem’

With a presidential and congressional election coming in November, U.S. Reps. Elaine Luria of Norfolk and Abigail Spanberger of Henrico — both Democrats elected to their first term in 2017 by narrow margins in swing districts — could feel the first effects of the electorate’s response to gun control legislation.

Spanberger, the former CIA operative who upset Republican Dave Brat in 2018, represents a largely rural district that also includes Richmond’s suburbs and was formerly reliably Republican. Spanberger ran up the score in Henrico and Chesterfield to make up for the rural parts of the district that voted almost entirely for Brat.

Henrico, the heaviest Democratic stronghold of her district, voted to approve a sanctuary-like resolution after the board originally stated it was not going to address the issue at a previous meeting. However, pressure from pro-gun groups convinced Republican Pat O’Bannon to introduce the resolution asking all members of the board to swear to uphold the Constitution.

Activists from a group called Together We Will-Henrico, quickly responded with a petition stating the move by O’Bannon was an “act of political theater to placate a push by the  (VCDL) to make Henrico a 2A sanctuary city. TWWH would like to remind Ms. O’Bannon that all counties in Virginia must uphold all state and federal laws, not only the ones they personally agree with.”

Philip Van Cleave, the VCDL president, has vowed to oppose any new gun measures. “Other than bills that only affect criminals, any gun control the Democrats pass, they will own. Any Republicans that help them, are going to own that gun control, too. It matters not if the person voting to enslave us is a Democrat or a Republican.”

“We consider this a war on gun runners,” said Van Cleave in Chesterfield earlier this month. “We are not the problem, but they’re aimed at us.”

Some of Spanberger’s potential Republican opponents saw an opportunity at a meeting of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors meeting earlier this month, when pro-gun attendees unsuccessfully pushed for a sanctuary declaration. Among them: Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, Del. John McGuire R-Goochland and state Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield.

Chase, speaking in front of the building on the steps before the event told the crowd “this is all about sending a message to a governor.”

Freitas, who recently announced his run for Spanberger’s 7th Congressional District seat, was front and center in the auditorium as the Chesterfield Board was chastised by the crowd for not allowing a vote on the resolution.

“We are seeing thousands of Virginians across the commonwealth packing into board of supervisors meetings and standing out in the cold to fight for their constitutional rights,” Freitas said, calling out Spanberger and implying she has not spoken in support of the Second Amendment.

“Conservatives organizing like this is definitely good for conservative candidates’ chances in the future in Virginia and the silence from Democrats like Abigail Spanberger on these fundamental issues is deafening. The voters won’t forget about their silence come Election Day in 2020.”

However, at a recent town hall, Spanberger affirmed her support of the Second Amendment: “I fully support the Second Amendment,” she said. “It is a fundamental constitutional right.”

During the Chesterfield meeting, supporters of gun violence prevention legislation tried to speak over boos and yelling from the crowd. Supervisor Leslie Haley, a Republican, tried to maintain order but she was also shouted down, with members of the crowd referring to her as Nancy Pelosi.

Emily Hartman, a Midlothian resident who spoke before the board noted the risk of a loss of state funding if they enacted the sanctuary resolution. “Chesterfield receives $141 million dollars of state tax revenues annually. These millions are our share of taxes we paid into state coffers. These tax dollars make up 17% of our county’s overall revenue. Does our board risk losing our own tax dollars to fund our schools, to build roads, to produce agriculture and to protect citizens from gun violence?“

A 63-year-old Chesterfield resident who attended said he felt he had to stand up for his rights. “Extreme-risk laws and confiscation are not the answer,” said the man, who identified himself only as Dave. He was sure the gun backlash will help Republicans in Virginia in 2020. “Are you kidding me?” he said. “This just goes to show what happens to the world when Democrats have power.”

‘This why Republicans continue to lose’ 

In Virginia Beach, former GOP Congressman Scott Taylor, who was running against Democratic Sen. Mark Warner but may instead seek to reclaim his old seat from Luria this fall, didn’t miss the chance to get in front of the pro-gun crowd trying to pressure Virginia Beach into adopting a sanctuary measure.

“I guarantee you there are Republicans, independents, Democrats, people who aren’t politically active but want to protect their families and their property, and that is why they are here and you are seeing this across the commonwealth,” Taylor said, according to WTKR.

Farnsworth, however, says the polls aren’t with Republicans. “20 years ago, Democrats said almost nothing about guns because it was a political loser for a Democrat to talk about gun control. In today’s Virginia, polls show that talking about gun control is an asset to a Democratic candidate, not a detriment.”

One GOP consultant said on the condition of anonymity that the sanctuary push will be the end of the gun movement in Virginia. “This is why Republicans continue to lose middle class and suburban voters.”

The Wason for Public Policy released a poll earlier this month showing that 86% of Virginians support background checks on all gun sales while 73% supports red-flag laws. However, the numbers did drop significantly to 54% in support of an assault weapon ban.

“Republicans tried to make the state elections in 2019 a referendum on gun control, at least in some key swing districts,” said Farnsworth. “By shutting down the special session in less than two hours, they created at least as much of a target on their backs as the did on the backs of Democrats.”

Democrats flipped three seats in the House of Representatives in 2017. But Spanberger and Elaine Luria each won by less than 2 points. Luria and Spanberger are not involved in the gun control legislation at the state level whatsoever, but as partisan politics in D.C. continues to heat up over impeachment proceedings, Virginia’s Democratic delegation can expect to hear it on both fronts from their Republican counterparts on the campaign trail this year.

Tina Ramirez, one of the many Republican candidates looking to unseat Spanberger in November attended a meeting in Goochland earlier this month. “Tina supports 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Cities and spoke last week in favor of them at the Goochland County board of supervisor’s meeting.” Said Cindy Horne, a spokesperson for Ramirez. “Tina believes that we have the Second Amendment for a very important reason, to protect ourselves and our families, and that’s a right the government should never take away from us.”

Despite the backlash across the state from the gun activists, Democrats say they are going to continue to forge ahead with their plans for gun control legislation, noting that the majority of the commonwealth voted for them to do this exact thing.

“Virginians across the commonwealth on Nov. 5 voted for Democrats who ran on a gun violence prevention platform.” said Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg, D-Henrico. “I’m confident that we will enact the responsible, common sense policies most Virginians have demanded and that will make our schools and public spaces safer.”