Common questions Fairfax GOP members are asking
While I haven't been around Fairfax GOP for years, I have done a lot for Fairfax GOP over the past year. I ran as a candidate for FCPS School Board in the Providence District. As my job allows, I attend Fairfax GOP monthly meetings as a voting member. I supported Fairfax GOP endorsed candidates at their events and invited them to join me on my podcast. Furthermore, I have worked on identifying key minority leaders who are supportive of the conservative movement in Fairfax County, but have a lack of trust in the Republican Party based on unfulfilled promises by prior candidates. My mission will be to restore their trust and bring them into the fold of the Fairfax GOP and give them a seat at the table for future elections.
Institutional knowledge is important to any organization. I have invited key volunteers to continue serving in important offices within Fairfax GOP to ensure continuity and maintain institutional knowledge.
This is a common question I hear from various people who have been part of FCRC for a while. Plans fail for a number of reasons. In recent years there hasn't been a clear mission or vision to unite, to inspire, and to create teamwork. There has also been a lack of proper execution that stems from the leadership's inability to inspire others to believe in what they are trying to accomplish. What I have found working with dynamic teams (in the government and private sector) is they need to see what the return on investment will be for their hard work. Without that, they lose faith and interest in the plan. The key ingredient to my plan is the team. I have recruited fellow candidates that poured their hearts, their time, and their reputation into representing conservative values while seeking office. They are ready to work together toward a common goal of winning elections in Fairfax County. As FCRC Chair, it is my place to inspire the team and remind them of our overall mission and the consequences of failing.
Ever since I came onto the scene as a candidate I have been questioned from the far Left and the far Right on where I stood. The far Left would say I was a MAGA while the far Right said I am not enough of a conservative. This comes from a lack of understanding of the true nature of my political ideology. I am a constitutional conservative who aligns with a Reaganism approach to conservative values. Although both Trump and Reagan are similar in the conservative policies they produced, their styles of conveying their messages are different. Just like President Reagan I believe in a sense of optimism that better times are ahead, but to get there requires a unity among all Americans and a tolerance toward those who disagreed. While this could be perceived as pandering, this style allows me to gain the respect of the opposition by listening to their position and collaborating on beneficial solutions for our community. As a constitutional conservative who served overseas defending the Constitution, I supported all of President Trump's policies in defending our nation and bringing power back to the people. I will continue defending your rights as an American and a community member of the county I call home.
Fairfax County is 51% Caucasian and 49% minority. As the November 2023 election showed, the Republican base is not coming out to vote. We need to find passionate voters who will come out to support our candidates during an election season. As a former School Board candidate, I know that Hispanic and Asian families share my concerns about the decline in the education of our children and the safety of their children in public schools.
These values align with those of Fairfax GOP. Having cultivated relationships with key minority leaders, my goal is to leverage my rapport to bring them into the fold of Fairfax GOP so they can have a seat at the table.
Being of Hispanic and Asian descent, I have the ability to connect with them. This is the stark difference between me and my opponents (Katie Gorka and Brian Murphy). Neither of my opponents has the ability to engage and recruit from the minority community the same way that I can.
Another area of recruitment is our young conservatives. These individuals need to have a connection with their leaders. We see a generational gap between our seasoned and up-and-coming conservatives. As a community leader and current foster parent, I work with many young adults and have mentored them to promising careers. I will use this same approach to inspire our young conservatives to take the mantle to preserve our values.
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