~ PVN staff report
LURAY, Aug. 18 — Two Republican candidates vying for Virginia’s top two offices will visit Downtown Luray this Friday and highlight the opening of the new election headquarters for the Page County Republican Committee.
The grand opening of the Republican headquarters at 43 E. Main St. (formerly Uncle Buck’s) will kick off at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts. At 9:15 a.m., Del. Todd Gilbert will introduce Winsome Sears, the GOP candidate for Lieutenant Governor, who will speak at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Sears was a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2002–2004, and ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives from Virginia’s 3rd congressional district in 2004. In September 2018, she entered the race for U.S. Senate as a Republican write-in alternative to Corey Stewart.
Friday’s festivities continue with pizza and soft drinks starting at 11 a.m. Virginia Senator Mark Obenshain will address the crowd at 11:30 a.m. and introduce the Republican candidate for governor, Glenn Youngkin, who will speak at approximately 11:40 a.m.
Prior to entering politics, Youngkin spent 25 years at the private-equity firm The Carlyle Group, rising to become its CEO in January 2018. He stepped down from the Carlyle Group in 2020, and in January 2021 he announced his candidacy for the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election, and won the Republican nomination on May 10, 2021.