Meet the GOP: Lolita’s Story
When Lolita Mancheno-Smoak realized her community wasn’t headed in the right direction, she didn’t complain about it.
She decided to change it.
Mancheno-Smoak is the Fairfax County Republican Committee’s 3rd Vice Chairman, Community Engagement, as a volunteer with the Republican Party of Virginia, she works to connect with all types of voters and get out the vote in Fairfax County. Her goal is simple: introduce Northern Virginia’s diverse communities to the principles of the Republican Party.
“It is hard work. The shocked look in folks who see Latinos, Asians, and Blacks that are Republicans makes it all worth it. They say ‘why are you here?’ and we show them why we are there and share our message,” Mancheno-Smoak said.
Passion for principles and people is what keeps Mancheno-Smoak working, no matter the weather.
“I believe in the principles of the Republican Party and I think that here in Fairfax County especially, there is not enough understanding about what are the fundamental truths and direct differences between the Republican and Democratic Parties especially within the Latino community,” she said.
“I have a passion for making sure that changes and that is what I am involved in now. We need to be present and involved in every community in Fairfax. You have to invest time. You can’t just show up and say vote for me. It takes more than that. It takes respect and valuing enough to build long term relationships.”
As Republicans work to earn votes in every community around the Commonwealth, volunteers like Mancheno-Smoak are carrying the ideas of the Virginia Republican Creed into new communities.
“I enjoy sticking my neck out and being aggressive in engaging with diverse communities to try to earn votes and excite support,” she said. “Representing our local diversity is especially important in Virginia and also on a national level. Having Republicans in places of high visibility and leadership that reflect the richness of our diverse communities is so important.”
Above all, she said, the effort is about commitment — commitment to community, country, and principles. After all, unless Republicans are willing to engage with more communities over the long term, no effort to win votes will succeed.
“Sacrificing a weekend to just meet strangers is hard unless you have a real will,” she said. “People say they are willing to do things, but when it’s time to get the work done, then you really see who is committed.”
FACES OF THE GOP: Alexandria Town Council – Monique Miles & Fernando Torres
Monique Miles brings her business owner experience to the race for Alexandria City Council.
Monique A. Miles is running for an at-large seat on the Alexandria City Council in the upcoming November general election. She also received numerous endorsements including from the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Former First Lady Susan Allen, Former Councilman Frank Fannon, and the Virginia Federation of Republican Women. In her professional role, Miles is a small business owner and lawyer. Miles opened up her own law office two years ago where she advises individuals, small businesses, and low-income clients. She is an alumna of the University of Virginia (B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Philosophy) and Regent University School of Law (Juris Doctor).
Miles proposed a 3-point business plan to strengthen Alexandria’s economy, which involves diversifying revenue sources through business recruitment, reducing the business and professional licensing tax (BPOL tax) to remain competitive in the region, and addressing the current ballooning deficit.
Miles is proud to be a minority female business owner. The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference gave her an Outstanding Service Award in June 2012 for her service as Chair of the Women and Minorities in the Profession Commission. She is especially proud of Alexandria’s recent ranking of 13 out of 406 of the best cities in America for women entrepreneurs to start businesses. “I understand the challenges that small business entrepreneurs face when running their businesses,” said Miles. “I’m proud that Alexandria promotes entrepreneurship in its diverse community. As a member of the City Council, I will work to ensure that Alexandria maintains this pro-growth environment.”
An entrepreneur and community advocate from a young age, Miles has been actively involved in community service for the past 20 years. She has been a reading tutor and mentor to girls from low-income areas. She also served on the Alexandria Towing Advisory Services Board as a Citizen Representative. In that position, she sought revisions to the Alexandria Code to prevent predatory practices by towing companies and worked with City officials, including the police department, parking authority, and representatives from local towing companies. Miles will bring her collaborative and results-based style to the Alexandria City Council.
Miles needs your support to keep her strong momentum leading up to the general election in November! Please volunteer, donate , and spread the word about her campaign, so she can win a seat on council and bring responsible and accountable leadership to Alexandria!
Fernando Torrez born and raised in Bolivia. His family decided to migrate to the Unites States in 1994 to achieve the American Dream.
His family settled in Arlington, Virginia and immediately began taking English classes during summer school. By the time he reached 15 years old, he had finish his private pilot’s training. After graduating from Washington Lee High School he joined the U.S. Air Force.
Fernando Torrez fits the profile of such a leader. Since early in his life, Fernando has always put others’ needs before his own. He is a natural born leader who proudly and honorably served in the United States Air Force for almost nine years. During his service, Fernando gained a myriad of knowledge in the areas of DOD standards and logistical infrastructure while on worldwide deployments.
Fernando is the proud small business owner of NanoTech, an IT company which supports small and mid-size companies in Alexandria, Virginia and can thoroughly relate to the hurdles and joys of starting and owning a small business. Fernando is also aware of how local government policies affect business owners.
Fernando serves as a Board Member on various organizations such as the United Way, Alexandria Sheriff’s Office Correctional Services Advisory Board, and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a City Commissioner on the Alexandria Commission on Employment, Department of Community and Human Services and Center Economic Support.
Fernando’s campaign has focused on the “Business mindset” – to improve the quality of life for Alexandrians by strengthening our city’s infrastructure, creating jobs, improving our education system, and most importantly restoring the voter’s trust in City Council. Through the value and impact of a business mindset, our city will be able to achieve great success.
Fernando, a proud family man, resides in the heart of Old Town with his lovely wife, Kamila and recently born baby named Alexandra, after the city. Fernando loves his city and therefore, has decided to undertake his civic duty and run for office. As a business-minded and socially forward resident of Alexandria, Fernando is very outspoken about the well-being of his beloved city and if granted the opportunity, he will always put his best foot forward to represent the best interests of the residents, businesses and the city.
“We need an economy which appreciates small-businesses, provides the opportunity to work in scalable jobs, and residents can afford and retire in their home”
Fernando Torrez and his team are doing an outstanding job and need your support. Please contact the campaign to volunteer firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information about Fernando and his campaign, visit www.fernandotorrez.com
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FACES OF THE GOP: John Guevara, Candidate Sully District, Fairfax County
The son of immigrants, John Guevara is proof that the American Dream still exists. John is dedicated to making sure that dream continues to be possible for his children and future generations.
From an early age John’s father, taught him that “education, hard work, and faith,” were the keys to success. After growing up in poverty, John joined the Army Reserves at 17, eventually becoming a commissioned officer. John proudly served his country for 15 years before transitioning to the private sector.
As an executive at AT&T, John oversees budgets in excess of $120 million to ensure they come in on time and under budget. As Sully District Supervisor, John will use that same experience and dedication to improve our county government, making it more efficient, effective, and responsive.
John’s actions are driven by the belief that service to others and service to your community is the highest calling. As a Sunday school teacher, baseball coach, soccer coach, PTO board member and homeowners association President, John strives to improve our community every day. Ever working to improve his community, John has also created SullyStreets.com which empowers Sully Resident’s to report dangerous intersection and roads that need repair. Each pothole that is filled is proof that John Guevara is the kind of candidate that doesn’t need to win an election before making a difference in his community.
In the past few months a coalition of community leaders, including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, have rallied together to support John’s candidacy. He was recently endorsed by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce’s NOVABizPAC, the Virginia Police Benevolent Association, the League of Conservation Voters, Latinos con Terry Steering Committee Member Carlos Castro as well as current Sully District Supervisor Michael Frey who has held the position since it was created 24 years ago. Guevara also has the support of Supervisors Cook and Herrity as well as the support of Delegates Jim LeMunyon and Tim Hugo.
John is a dedicated husband and father. He lives with his wife and high-school sweetheart, Marilyn in the Fair Woods neighborhood of the Navy Precinct where they raise their two sons, Peter and Nathan.
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FACES OF THE GOP: Sang Yi, Candidate 37th District House of Delegates
Sang Yi’s life story is an example of the American Dream.
Sang Yi immigrated to the United States from South Korea in the 1980’s. With humble beginnings in their new lives in America, Sang’s parents sought out success to improve their family’s station in life. Sang’s parents worked hard and were able to start their first small business, a neighborhood market.
Witnessing firsthand how the American Dream can become a reality, Sang developed a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunities our great nation had to offer. With a sense of pride and desire to give back to the country that has given his family so much, Sang enrolled in the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Upon graduation, he received his commission in the U.S. Navy Reserve and he currently serves as a Lieutenant Commander. He continued his education at the U.S. Naval War College for graduate school, and received his law degree from George Washington University Law School.
Sang is also active in his community, having served as the President of his Homeowners Association, Second Vice Commander of American Legion Post 177 in the City of Fairfax, and as a member of the Lions Club and Freemasons. He is an appointed policy board member for the Fairfax Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) and is a member of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Sang’s dedication to better his community will make him the best possible Delegate to represent the 37th District.
Having worked in the executive branch at a Defense Department intelligence agency as well as in the legislative branch on Capitol Hill, Sang has the experience and qualifications to represent the 37th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates. We need people with Sang’s experience who are devoted to serving their communities.
Sang’s dedication to his family, the Commonwealth, and to the nation has led him to seek public office. He has the courage to take on an entrenched incumbent and I know that he has the work ethic, community ties, and background to win in November. I am excited and proud to support Sang, and I ask that everyone else do the same.
For more information, you can visit Sang Yi’s website, www.SangYiForDelegate.com or you can contact his campaign at Andrew@SangYiForDelegate.com. To get recent updates on the campaign, LIKE us on Facebook, follow us Twitter, and Instagram. Also, visit our YouTube page to learn more about why Sang is running.
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Amanda Chase, candidate for the 11th State Senate District
Amanda Freeman Chase, Republican candidate for the Virginia State Senate for District 11, grew up in Chesterfield County, is married to her high school sweetheart, and is a mother to four teenagers.
She is a small business owner and has worked in both the private and public sectors. Chase is a graduate of Monacan High School and of Virginia Tech, graduating in the top ten percent of her class, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, double majoring in Corporate Finance and Business Management.
After graduation, Chase married her husband of 22 years, and began a career in the banking, credit, and finance industry. During this time Chase worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Circuit City and Capital One, as well as in state government under Gov. George Allen. Chase was serving in a management position at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, when she made the decision to stay home with her children while they were young. She then embarked on a new chapter of her life and began homeschooling her four children for the next 9 years. All of her children are now teenagers and currently attend or have graduated from Chesterfield County public schools. Her oldest currently attends, and is on the President’s List, at James Madison University. Her family worships at Clover Hill Assembly of God.
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FACES OF THE GOP: Tony Pham, candidate Commonwealth’s Attorney, Henrico County
Many people today talk about “the American Dream” in passing. However, for Tony Pham the Dream is a reality because he’s known what it is like to live without freedom and opportunity.
His family fled Vietnam in 1975 as it fell to communist control. They lived in a refugee camp in Arkansas before relocating and beginning their new lives in Henrico County, Virginia. Tony’s family always concentrated on bettering their situation through education – a lesson Tony took to heart. He completed his undergraduate work at the College of William and Mary in 1995, then went on to graduate from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1999.
After law school, Tony secured a judicial clerkship in Henrico County Circuit Court. Desiring to advocate and fight for victims of crimes, Tony then went on to serve as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City of Richmond – before being chosen to serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. While in this position, Tony focused on issues of public safety, including prosecuting illegal weapons charges and narcotics trafficking.
Tony’s experience and dedication led him to managing the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Manchester (Southside Richmond), supervising other attorneys and support staff. Additionally, he served as the lead attorney on numerous homicide cases in the area. Due to his success in this post, Tony was asked to lead Richmond’s first ever gang unit task force, charged with prosecuting and dismantling area gangs. After his time as a gang prosecutor, Tony transitioned to the City Attorney’s office as their Public Safety Attorney. In 2010, Tony became the only serving counsel to a constitutionally-elected law enforcement officer when he became the General Counsel for the Sheriff of the City of Richmond; he is still serving in this capacity today.
Tony possesses an impeccable work ethic, strength of conviction, and passion for bettering his community. His professional and personal accomplishments have earned him recognition by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly as a “Leader in the Law,” in addition to a spot on Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40.” Recognizing his professionalism and fairness, the Virginia Supreme Court also appointed Tony to serve on the Virginia State Bar’s Disciplinary Board.
More important than his professional accomplishments, however, are Tony’s roles as a husband and father. He has been married to his lovely wife, Tara, for fourteen years, and they have two bright young children. His race has truly been a “Phamily affair,” as his children are often out with Tony – walking neighborhoods and visiting with voters.
Tony’s campaign has focused on the principles of “Leadership, Commitment, and Courage” – the principles he has followed in both his personal and professional interactions. For Tony, it isn’t just about leading – it’s about leading by example. As a long-time member of the Henrico County Republican Committee, Tony has worked tirelessly to help elect Republican candidates throughout Virginia. His example proves that he is the right person to fight for all of Henrico County – including the next generation. Tony regularly works with the Rule of Law Program in Richmond and Henrico, teaching students about law and order in our society. He also volunteers with Coaches in the Classroom , in order to help children build a stronger foundation to make better life choices. As the next Commonwealth’s Attorney, he has a vision for continuing to build networks that focus on holistic community involvement, nurturing mutual trust and respect between officials and their communities, and early intervention.
Henrico has been identified as the county that will dictate whether or not Virginia will “go Red”. We need a new, energetic Republican leader in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office who can help guide Henrico in 2016 and beyond. Please donate $5, $10, $25 or $50 now to help the GOP succeed in Henrico County.
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FACES OF THE GOP: Dr. Siobhan Dunnavant, candidate for State Senate
Dr. Siobhan Dunnavant, candidate for the Virginia State Senate, is the daughter of a Navy Commander who was raised in Hampton Roads since second grade.
Dr. Siobhan (Shah-VON) Dunnavant earned undergraduate degrees from both Randolph–Macon Woman’s College and the University of Virginia. After practicing nursing for four years, she decided to attend medical school. She started medical school with a 10 month-old and had two more children before graduation. Dr. Dunnavant and her husband Lloyd, who runs a health-care business, have four children who were educated in Henrico’s public schools.
Dr. Dunnavant is a small business owner who not only started her OB/GYN practice 15 years ago, but is also deeply involved in the practice management as Chief Operating Officer. In addition, in 2007 she started an innovative health care small business with her husband and her brother, Virginia Delegate Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach).
Her time in health care has given her first-hand experience about the dangers of the overreach of government, given her the opportunity to meet and serve thousands of patients in the 12th District and has allowed her the privilege of delivering thousands of new Virginians.
Inspired by her parents’ example and expectation of duty and service to country and community, Dr. Dunnavant is best known for her work ethic and for offering creative solutions to challenges she encounters.
- A long-time pro-life advocate, Dr. Dunnavant has testified before the General Assembly on pro-life legislation, and supports the East End Pregnancy Test and Help Center. Her mother helped to start Virginia Society for Human Life.
- In collaboration with Hospital Corporation of America, she launched “Patriot Babies,” a program that allows deployed military dads to be present via a secure video link during the birth of their children.
- She envisioned and started “Thrifty Sisters” a volunteer-run thrift store that financially benefits the Little Sisters of the Poor Home.
Dr. Dunnavant has been actively supporting Republican candidates since college when she and her husband met through their involvement in the College Republicans. She regularly walks door-to-door and works the polls for candidates who are limited government conservatives. She has worked on coalitions of Women, Physicians and Catholics to help get out the vote.
Dr. Dunnavant is the only actively practicing physician on the Virginia Center for Health Innovation, a partnership of the major community partners engaged in health reform working to accelerate the adoption of value-driven models of wellness and health care in both the private and public sectors. From 2005 to 2006, Dr. Dunnavant served as chairman of the OB-GYN department at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, the first woman to hold that position. Since 2013 she has also served on the Virginia Board of Medicine enforcing standards of practice to ensure safe and competent patient care.
She is a free-market, limited-government conservative who will bring a reasonable tone and approach and common sense to the Virginia Senate.
Please donate $5, $10, $25 or $50 now to help the GOP succeed in Henrico and Hanover Counties.
For more information on Dr. Dunnavant and her campaign, visit her website at http://www.dunnavantdelivers.gop/ or contact Siobhan’s campaign at email@example.com to learn about how you can help.
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FACES OF THE GOP: Chuong Nguyen Candidate 87th House of Delegates
Chuong Nguyen brings an impressive professional background to local politics in Virginia as he aims to represent the 87th District of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Chuong, along with his parents and three older brothers escaped communist Vietnam in 1978. After being tossed about at sea, avoiding pirates and staving off dehydration, their small fishing boat carried them to safety on Pulau Bidong, Malaysia. Surviving nearly 6 months on the island, Chuong and his family sought asylum to the United States and eventually settled in Northern Virginia.
Watching his family seek the American Dream to in their new country, Chuong embraced a work ethic that allowed him to pursue his education to the highest level. Attending Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University and the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, Chuong knows intimately the opportunities this country can provide with hard work and perseverance.
Since completing his education, Chuong has served as an educator, prosecutor and even a lacrosse coach. He believes that each community begins with its children and that we must ensure these young individuals receive the best education possible.
Chuong is running to protect and expand opportunities not only to the people in his district, but to everyone striving for their dreams in Virginia.
“I have been blessed to live the American Dream- escaping communist Vietnam as a child, graduating from Harvard and becoming a successful attorney in Loudoun. But I feel that those opportunities are beginning to dwindle for our future generations. I am looking to serve Virginia by bringing common sense solutions and conservative principles to Richmond on behalf of the people of Loudoun and Prince William Counties and of the Commonwealth.”
With Delegate David Ramadan retiring from office, the 87th District is a battleground between the Republicans and the Democrats. Chuong and his team are doing an excellent job leading the fight but they need our support! Donate $5, $10, $25 or $50 now. Or, contact the campaign at Info@ChuongForDelegate.com to volunteer today.
For more information about Chuong and his campaign, visit www.ChuongForDelegate.com.
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FACES OF THE GOP: Keith Flanagan and Buddy Bishop in Goochland Co.
Four years ago, the voters in Goochland County elected conservative reformers to change how the County was being run. Now two activists are running to build on previous successes:
Keith Flannagan, Republican candidate for Clerk of Court
In 2011, Goochland County selected a new slate of Supervisors, Treasurer and School Board with real private sector expereince. Using the application of new thinking and modern business principles the reformers improved government services, cut debt and dramatically improved the County’s bond rating. Keith Flannagan is now running to help complete the work that started four years ago.
Keith is an Air Force veteran and small business owner. He has lived in Virginia for over 20 years, earned his Masters Degree at Virginia Commonweatlh University and is actively involved in local politics and civic activities. Keith is proudest of his fiancee, Sandy, three daughters, and two grandsons.
Keith wants to bring his private sector expereince to government. If elected as Clerk of Court, Keith wants to promote and build a strong team environment by evaluating the staff induvidually on each person’s abilities, training and outlook. His main goal is to bring increased transparency and efficiency to the Clerk of Court’s office and looks forward to working with the rest of the Goochland County elected officials to make its government smaller and more efficient.
Keith Flannagan, Congressman Dave Brat, Buddy Bishop
Buddy Bishop, Republican candidate for Commissioner of Revenue
Buddy Bishop is a life long Virginia resident. He has been active in politics for over a decade, fighting for lower taxes and limited government. For nearly twenty years, Billy has worked in the private sector in the field of information technology. He lives in Gum Spring, VA with his wife, Colleen and two dogs.
Buddy’s main goals are to bring the Commissioner’s office into the 21st century by upgrading the technology and focusing on improved customer service. He looks forward to the opportunity to work with the conservative majority governing Goochland County to create synergy and promote a culture of transparency in government.
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FACES OF THE GOP: Jason Miyares, Candidate House of Delegates – 82nd District
Jason Miyares and his family are an example of how American is truly the land of opportunity.
Jason’s story begins with his mother Miriam Maria Miyares, who fled communist Cuba in 1965 with only the clothes on her back. She legally immigrated to the United States and instilled in her three sons a passionate love of freedom and democracy. Jason Miyares grew up in Virginia Beach, attended local public schools through high school, received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University and attended law school at the College of William & Mary.
Jason proudly served the people of Virginia Beach as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. He worked to keep violent offenders off our street – he successfully prosecuted over six hundred criminals and had a conviction rate of ninety percent. After his tenure in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, Jason worked with Congress Scott Rigell as a senior advisor and counselor for the last five years.
Jason Miyares is the Republican nominee for the House of Delegates in the 82nd District in Virginia Beach. His primary goal is to make Hampton Roads the number one place in the nation for entrepreneurs to create jobs and expand their businesses. Jason will pursue policies that support our local job creators instead of punishing them, promote a leaner, more effective regulatory climate, and shield our business owners from frivolous lawsuits.
As a former prosecutor, Jason is passionate about keeping our neighborhoods safe. Virginia’s law enforcement professionals are among the best in the country. If elected, Jason will continuously fight to ensure the police have the tools and training they need to do their jobs.
Jason and his wife, Page Atkinson Miyares, reside in the Great Neck area of Virginia Beach. Together with their three beautiful daughters, Gabriella, Elaina and Sophia, they attend Galilee Episcopal Church, where Jason is involved in men’s ministry.
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