Aspires to serve on Hunter Mills District School Board in Fairfax County
By Santiago Távara
Laura Ramirez-Drain, of Mexican origin, is seeking to make a difference in education in Virginia and has therefore launched her candidacy to serve on the Hunter Mills District School Board in Fairfax County.
“I want to be the voice of the voiceless and represent all immigrants who have not received the help they need,’ Ramírez-Drain told Political Hispanic.
“My priorities are the success of all students. I don’t think they should be helped because of skin color or race. We must help all students succeed. Mentoring programs are very important to Latinos,” she emphasized.
The candidate for the School Board considers herself a conservative. “I don’t believe in abortion. All my values are those of the Republican Party. Since 2010 when I became a U.S. citizen, I decided to be a Mexican-American conservative,” she said.
“My parents taught me that I could do whatever I wanted, but that I should always respect the laws. My mother and my family are very religious,” Ramírez-Drain said.
The most challenging problem today is the lack of objectivity of the Hispanic television networks Univision and Telemundo, according to the candidate.
“Hispanics are Republicans, but they don’t know it,” President Ronald Reagan used to say. The current president of the United States is a Republican and has done more to help Hispanics than the previous president,” she added.
Ramirez Drain is an engineer, businesswoman and mother of two children who attended Fairfax County public schools from elementary through high school. As a mother, she has advocated for students as a Parent Teacher Association volunteer.
“I have launched my candidacy to be the voice of the children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and families of the Hunter Mills and Fairfax County Districts. I believe in the importance of a high quality education for all students,” she said.
The candidate rejected proposals to change school boundaries because it would separate students from their neighborhoods and communities.
Ramirez-Drain holds a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Marketing. She began her professional career as an engineer at Hewlett-Packard Corporation. In 2006, she created Fundación Alcanzando Metas to improve academic performance.
In addition, she produced and hosted Café Latino on radio and television, established the Latina Professional Women’s Association in 2005, and participates in “1 Million Cups Fairfax” that brings together entrepreneurs and members of the Fairfax community.