CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT STAFF
Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears captivated a large crowd at the 10th annual Ronald Reagan Legacy Dinner Saturday night at Valhalla Farm in Culpeper County, according to a statement from the sponsoring Culpeper County Republican Committee. of the event.
A highlight of Sears’ “no frills” approach to government has been its call for fellow Republicans to visit small stores and businesses to listen to citizens, the statement said. Additionally, she has advocated for the protection of parents’ educational choices for their children and for the safety of Supreme Court justices living in Virginia.
Sears, a former US Marine, answered a wide range of questions from the audience at the event, which was held on Armed Forces Day.
Steve Myers, speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, introduced Sears. Myers added his own colorful commentary from years of experience.
Another highlight of the evening was a resolution from the Virginia Legislature honoring William “Bill” Halevy, Chief Warrant Officer 5, for his continued service.
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Halevy, who was wounded in action while in the military, further distinguished himself by assisting other veterans in the area as a veterans health and benefits manager. Of the. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, presented a printed copy of the official resolution at Saturday night’s event.
Steve Mouring, recently elected chairman of the Culpeper GOP committee, was emcee with Freitas, a former chairman of the local committee.
Al Aitken, founder of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Dinner and former chair of the committee, read an original letter from Nancy Reagan enjoying the dinner at the start of the event.
Councilman Erick Kalenga, a local pastor, opened the meeting with prayer.
Dinner guests included primary candidates in the 7th District Congressional election in June as well as elected officials from Culpeper and surrounding counties. The applause was loud and frequent with standing ovations despite the blistering heat of the day, the statement said.
Sears is the Commonwealth’s first female lieutenant governor and the first black woman elected to statewide office. Previously, she worked as a leader in a men’s prison ministry and as the director of a homeless women’s shelter.
Sears thanked the local GOP committee for the invitation to speak, in a post Sunday.
“What a good night!” she says.
Congressional candidate Crystal Vanuch said it was an impressive crowd with plenty of energy to fill Virginia’s 7th District, in a post.
Congressman candidate Dave Ross was there with his wife. He thanked Sears, saying she spoke about education and the importance of school choice.
Congressional candidate Derrick Anderson also posted about the event saying it was great to see Sears, another veteran, on Armed Forces Day. Congress candidate Yesli Vega was also present.
“One thing is clear. People on 7th are ready for a change and tired of big government politicians,” she posted, along with photos from the Reagan Legacy dinner.