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More Republican women than ever are planning to run for office By Sarah Fitzpatrick, Kristen Welker

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From left, Emily Pelphrey of Ohio, Valerie Mukherjee of Illinois, Anne Smith of Virginia, Angela Woods of Pennsylvania and Laura Ramirez Drain of Virginia.Kenzi Abou-Sabe / NBC News


Republican women open up about the party’s future


A record number of women hold seats in Congress, but they are mostly Democrats. Now, new contenders are hoping to shift the imbalance in D.C. and beyond.

The 2018 midterm elections were record-breaking for women, but that progress was mostly limited to one side of the aisle. As the 2020 race heats, up a surge of Republican women are preparing to tackle that challenge head one. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports for TODAY.

The 2018 midterm elections paved the way for a record-breaking number of women to hold seats in Congress. But the gains were limited to one side of the aisle: out of the 127 women on Capitol Hill, only 21 are Republicans.

A new crop of contenders is hoping to shift the imbalance in Washington and beyond.

More Republican women than ever are planning to run for office By Angela Woolsey

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The seeds of Laura Ramirez-Drain’s campaign to represent Hunter Mill District on the Fairfax County School Board took root after her son was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Ramirez-Drain, whose two sons have now both graduated from Fairfax County Public Schools, says that she noticed her younger son had a slight delay in his learning development when he was in elementary and middle school, but she did not have a name for his challenges until he reached high school.

Armed with a diagnosis, she met with a counselor at her son’s school in the hopes of getting him on an individualized education plan so that he could receive special education services, such as the ability to have more time to take standardized tests.. Read more 

FCPS School Board Election: Meet Laura Ramirez Drain

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My name is Laura Ramirez-Drain and I am a unique political candidate running in my first election. I am an engineer, a small-business entrepreneur and a parent of two sons who attended FCPS from elementary to high school. I have been advocating for students for many years as an active PTA volunteer. As a busy, working mother I had never given any thought to running for office.

But as my children went through school, I realized that while FCPS has some of the strongest schools in the country too many children were able to fall through the cracks of that system. Furthermore, it became clear that the schools were veering away from teaching academic fundamentals and allowing a political agenda to permeate the curriculum at all levels. I felt that I could no longer sit on the sidelines and that the time had come for me to stand up and advocate for the policies that will ensure our students thrive.



Read more https://www.restonnow.com/2019/09/11/fcps-school-board-election-meet-laura-ramirez-drain/?mc_cid=5b0c39a1fc&mc_eid=a03bc39025

Laura Ramirez-Drain in the news

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The Fairfax County Republican Committee officially endorsed nine candidates for the Fairfax County Board of Education by acclamation last night in Falls Church, Virginia.

 Hunter Mill District: Laura Ramirez Drain

“I am thrilled to endorse our fantastic slate of candidates for school board,” Fairfax GOP Chairman Tim Hannigan said today. “All of our candidates are well-qualified, and they are running for the right reasons.  Read more

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Good news for the GOP in Fairfax – Laura Drain for School Board in Fairfax.

Laura Ramirez Drain announced a few days ago that she is running for the Hunter Mill School Board District Seat in Fairfax County.  Laura, who came to this country in the late 90’s from Mexico, came here to earn her share of the American dream. Laura is very active in her community and Fairfax, something which is sorely needed.  Laura is running against Melanie Meren a hyper PC liberal employee of DOE. Current incumbent  Pat Hynes is not seeking re-election.  Read more

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Two Candidates Enter Race for Hunter Mill District School Board Seat. 

With the incumbent stepping down, two candidates are running for the Hunter Mill District seat on the Fairfax County School Board.

Earlier in January, Hunter Mill District Representative Pat Hynes said that she won’t seek re-election. Her term expires at the end of 2019.

Laura Ramirez Drain’s campaign is focused on the Family Life Education curriculum, school boundaries and the FCPS budget.  Read More  

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The Larry O'Connor Show on WMAL in Washington, D.C. 

 School board candidate Laura Ramirez Drain (R-Hunter Mill) was on WMAL’s Larry O’Connor Show to discuss comments she made — en español — during a recent meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Education.

Since the majority of board members never really listen, Ms. Ramirez Drain figured she might as well address them in Spanish, her mother tongue. Ms. Ramirez Drain, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born and raised in Mexico.

During her WMAL interview, Ms. Ramirez Drain lamented the school board’s lack of focus on core educational issues. “We should invest in a better curriculum,” she noted.

Mr. O’Connor thanked Ms. Ramirez Drain for running, before concluding his interview with a rhetorical question: “Come on Fairfax County — are you happy with your leadership right now?”


CLICK HERE TO LISTEN THE INTERVIEW



https://omny.fm/shows/the-larry-o-connor-show/laura-ramirez-drain-on-the-larry-oconnor-show-05-1

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Laura Present a address the Fairfax County School Board On Regular Meeting Thursday, April 25, 2019  


As the world becomes more digital, more paperless, many people feel that classrooms should do the same. Many educators today support the use of tablets and other smart devices to replace textbooks. The current thinking is that the classroom should mirror the world: if everybody reads information from screens, so should students in classrooms. 

But this thinking has flaws that leave students without critical reading skills. If we are to prepare today’s students to become the workers of the future, we must enable them to solve problems, practice innovation, and make good decisions. Consider:

1. The question of print versus digital is not an either-or question; students today need to be biliterate: good readers of printed material and good consumers of digital media. 

2. People read screens differently from printed material. People tend to skim and scan through digital text; they often skim through screens with their eyes moving in an F or Z pattern.  


You can Listen click here and go the time: 1:04:30 to 1:05:05

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Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee Endorses Meren for School Board

"Andy Sigle, former president of Reston Association’s Board of Directors, and Laura Ramirez Drain

whose campaign focuses on Family Life Education and the budget, were also running for the board seat. The seat was vacated by longtime Hunter Mill District Representative Pat Hynes in January. Meren’s endorsement bumps other candidates out of the race."

Read More Reston Now 


Colin Mills  @colinmills

Correction to this article: Laura Ramirez Drain is the Republican-endorsed candidate for this position, so the HMDDC's endorsement isn't going to cause her to drop out of the race. She will be on the ballot against Melanie Meren in the fall.

Laura Ramirez-Drain was interviewed by Matthew Truong

Laura Ramirez-Drain is a unique political candidate running in her first election. She is a parent of two sons who attended FCPS schools, one of whom graduated from South Lakes High School on June 5. She has been advocating for students for many years as an active PTA volunteer. In 2006, she founded Alcanzando Metas Foundation. The developed the foundation to foster the academic excellence of minority youth and provide scholarships so they could attend college. 

About Matt Truong, he is First Vice Chair, firstvicechair@fairfaxgop.org.  

Laura Ramirez Drain @suvgop video

Check out this great video

Exactly how many Republican women have stepped up to run for office in Northern Virginia this year? Watch the video and find out. And if you think you know the Republican Party, think again.

Laura Drain interviewed Elizabeth Schultz

Elizabeth Schultz is the Springfield District representative on the Fairfax County School Board in Virginia. Schultz sought another term in the general election on November 3, 2015.[1] Elizabeth Schultz won the general election on November 3, 2015.  Schultz earned a B.S. in political science and history from James Madison University. She worked as a senior contract manager for federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses. Schultz has four children who have attended district schools.

http://schultzforschoolboard.com/

Laura Drain interviewed Priscilla DeStefano & Amanda Morris

Priscilla DeStefano is a married mother of two who lives in Fairfax County.

She is a proud first generation American. Priscilla, along with her two older siblings, went to school and grew up in Fairfax County in the Burke community. She was raised by her mother and grandmother, who both immigrated to the United States from El Salvador and later became naturalized citizens. 

Amanda Morris is the Vice Chairman for Operations and Party Development at Fairfax County Republican Committee. Read more https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-morris-586b35171/



Laura Drain interviewed Khaseem Davis and Martha Macdonald

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. 

More info https://eip.gmu.edu/ and

https://www.fcps.edu/get-involved/be-mentor


LAURA R DRAIN INTERVIEWED TOM WILSON, WHO IS HER MENTOR

Thomas Wilson  is a Sully District member of the Fairfax County School Board in Virginia. 

more info Tom grew up all over the country and world (6th of 7 children) as a military brat and graduated from Lake Braddock High School in 1984, Cornell University in 1988, and Northwestern School of Law in 1995. After working for big law firms for several years, Tom opened his solo law practice in 2007, which he continues to run. In 2015, Tom ran for the Sully District Representative of the Fairfax County School Board and won. Chantilly.https://www.tomwilson4schoolboard.com/

Laura Ramirez Drain Interviewed Chef Melie Velez

Mellie  is the Culinary Program Coordinator at Ana G. Méndez University Ana G. Méndez University System

She Researches for hire and supervises all staff additions to the Culinary Arts Campus

She Markets to and retains potential students for the educational program

She Conducts large purchases on behalf of the University

She acts as a liaison for the Food Service Industry https://www.linkedin.com/in/chefmillie/Check out this great video