Posted by on August 20, 2008 in Blog

David-Imad Ramadan has been a Republican activist at both a grassroots and national level since he moved to Washington, DC in 1989.  Over the last twenty years, he has worked on every presidential campaign on the Republican side and has been involved in several gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns.  He is currently the Precinct Captain and Outreach Chair for Loudoun County Republicans, and is involved with the Republican Party of Virginia, the Arab American Coalition for McCain, and the Lebanese American Coalition for McCain.

“This is a very important election for me because of its implications in the Middle East, and the implications for the U.S. economy." says Ramadan, who wholeheartedly supports Senator McCain.  

Ramadan has many roles in his busy life, which he balances between politics and business, domestic and international.  For the past eighteen years, he has managed companies as diverse as jewelry retail, food manufacturing, immigration consulting, management & marketing consulting, and import/export both in the U.S.  and the Middle East.  He founded Rama International Inc., a management and marketing company in 2001, and in 2007 he co-founded Expand to America, a legal and business consulting company.  Since he was appointed as an ad junct professor at George Mason University in 2004, he has continued to teach and volunteer in that capacity.  

With such an extensive background in business, Ramadan feels at ease with his role on doing outreach.  "As a small business owner and operator, it makes it easier for me to approach people that I don’t know, and talk to them about the party, and bring them into the folds of the party." explains Ramadan, "I'm someone who is used to cold-calling and going into business meetings and talking politics, and I'm able to at least agree to disagree."

When asked about the upcoming presidential election, Ramadan thinks Lebanese-Americans are leaning toward McCain because he is clear on his stance supporting a stable government in Lebanon and his support to Lebanon in general.  "Arab Americans in general have disagreed with Republicans and Bush on the Iraq situation for the past several years, and that’s affecting their support for McCain..." says Ramadan, "I argue that should not be the case because no Arab wants Iraq to fail…so we should focus on McCain's stances and not Bush's policies."

Don't forget - “Every vote counts!” emphasizes Ramadan.  "And everyone should be involved; we have a civic duty to be involved in politics and we have a social and cultural duty to our ancestry to vote.  Arab Americans can talk to both sides of the aisles about issues that are 100% local or that affect us nationally.  If we sit at home on election day, we can blame nobody but ourselves.”

His final words?  “Go GOP!”