‘Squad’ Quiet Over Winsome Sears’s Historic Virginia Electoral Victory

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And Pressley’s Twitter account praised the Boston election of Michelle Wu, who will be the city’s first woman and first person of color to be elected mayor, “Activist, advocate, sister-in-service, partner-in-good, Boston City Councilor, mother, MAYOR OF BOSTON. Congratulations @wutrain. Boston is ready for you,” Pressley tweeted of Wu, who is the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants.

On Wednesday, Omar tweeted support for Aisha Chughtai, who became the first Asian American Muslim elected to Minneapolis City Council. “Historic night for American Muslims across the country. Mabruuk!” she wrote.

Sears gave a powerful, patriotic speech after her win.

“In case you haven’t noticed, I am black. And I have been black all my life, but that’s not what this is about,” she said.

“What we are going to do now is be about the business of the Commonwealth,” Sears said. “We have things to tend to. We are going to fully fund our historically black colleges and universities. We’re going to have safer neighborhoods, safer communities, and our children are going to get a good education.”

Sears immigrated to the United States from Jamaica as a child. When she grew up, she served as director of a Salvation Army homeless shelter before entering politics. She served a single term in Virginia’s House of Delegates from 2002 to 2004 before opening an appliance and plumbing repair store in Virginia. Sears also previously served as vice president of the Virginia Board of Education.

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