Lolita Mancheno-Smoak

Virginia House of Delegates District 42 Firehouse Primary


Candidate for Virginia House of Delegates District 42

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Lolita immigrated with her parents to the United States and became a naturalized US citizen via her parents, as a child. She spent her childhood growing up in New York City’s Washington Heights, where she graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Lolita started her engineering career at Hoechst-Roussel Pharmaceuticals and progressed to executive leadership positions in for profit, non-profit, and government organizations. She has traveled the world and worked with foreign governments and businesses in Panama, Mexico, and Spain on a diverse portfolio of management consulting services. She has worked in quality management/lean 6-sigma consulting, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, strategic planning, policy deployment, process re-engineering, and organizational transformation both domestically and internationally.

Her life passion for volunteerism started at age 14 as a candy striper at the children’s ward of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where she read books to children and engaged in various other services to help make childrens' lives better. In keeping with this tradition, Lolita has established a long history of advocacy in Northern Virginia on child abuse prevention, closing the achievement gap, and Latino community engagement. She has served with Hispanics Against Child Abuse & Neglect (H.A.C.A.N.) since 2005 and has held the position of Board President. She currently serves on the boards of Childhelp, ReadyNation and SafeSpot; she is Honorary Chairman of Casa Hispana De Virginia; and was Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Coalition of the Silence.

Since taking her views into the political sphere, Lolita has been elected Board Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, elected 3rd Vice Chairman of the Community Engagement for the Fairfax County Republican Committee in 2013, and currently serves on the RNC’s Virginia Hispanic Advisory Council.

She campaigned in 2011 for Fairfax County School Board as candidate At-Large, and is an alumni of the Fairfax County Citizens Police Academy 31st session and the Fairfax County Neighborhood College.

Lolita currently serves on faculty at the University of Phoenix School of Business graduate business program. She holds a M.S. in Engineering from the University of Miami, as well as a doctorate in Business Administration with a Human Resources concentration from Nova Southeastern University.              

Lolita is married to Larry Smoak “Wooden Wizard” of Wooden Wizard Guitars, has four adult stepchildren, and is a proud grandmother.


​​Dr. Smoak is pleased to announce the following individuals as endorsers in her campaign for Virginia House Delegate.

Puneet Ahluwalia                          1st Vice Chairman Fairfax County Republican Committee
Linda Bartlett                      VFRW Past President
Fredy Burgos                        Virginia Republican State Central Committee                                          
Alice Butler-Short                          Founder and President of Virginia Women for Trump.
Mary Campbell                   10th Congressional District Representative
Julio Castro                            Precinct Captain Hunt Valley
Asad Chaudhry                   President-Elect Pakistani American Congress
Toan Dang                              FCRC Chair Vietnamese-American Engagement
Charles Hernick                Congressional 2016 Republican nominee for Virginia’s 8th District 
John Guevara                       2015 Republican nominee for Sully District Supervisor
Jay McConville                   Past Chairman Fairfax County Republican Committee
Laura Murphy                    Precinct Captain South Run
Harold Pyon                         FCRC Chair Asian Engagement
Bryce Reeves                         Virginia State Senator 17th District
Suzanne Spikes                   Precinct Co-Captain Colchester
Sang Yi                                      VA House of Delegates 2015 Republican nominee for 37th District

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Firehouse Primary Process

A Firehouse Primary is a primary to select candidates that is run by a political party, rather than the state.
Similar to a party canvas, a firehouse primary allows the party to keep control of the nominating process while allowing more participation than a party caucus. Participants generally arrive at multiple polling places anytime during announced polling hours, cast a secret ballot, and then leave.1 The voting is party specific, so in this case, all candidates appearing on the ballot, including Dr. Lolita, will be Republicans.

Your specific polling place may change depending on the rules set by the party. Your polling place may not be the same location as your regular polling place.

Date and Location

The firehouse primary will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at
South County Middle School
8700 Laurel Crest Drive
Lorton, VA 22079.
Qualified voters may cast their vote anytime between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

No Registration Fee
There will be no registration fee to participate in this canvass.

Qualifications for Participation

All legal and qualified voters under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, regardless of race, religion, national origin or sex, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party, and who, if requested, express in open meeting either orally or in writing as may be required their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election may participate as members of the Republican Party of Virginia in its mass meetings, party canvasses, conventions, or primaries encompassing their respective election districts.
A voter who, subsequent to making a statement of intent, publicly supports a candidate in opposition to a Republican nominee shall not be qualified for participation in party actions as defined in Article I of the State Party Plan for a period of four (4) years.
Paragraphs 4 and 5 shall cease having any effect at such time as the Election Laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall provide for party registration, at which time only those registered as Republicans may be deemed to be in accord with the principles of the Republican Party, unless otherwise stipulated by the appropriate Official Committee.
In addition to the foregoing, to be in accord with the principles of the Republican Party, unless otherwise stipulated by the appropriate Official Committee, a person otherwise qualified hereunder shall not have participated in Virginia in the nomination process of a party other than the Republican Party with in the last five years.
A single exception to Paragraph 4 shall be approved for a voter that renounces affiliation with any other party in writing, and who expresses in writing that he/she is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and intends, at the time of the writing, to support the nominees of the Republican Party in the future. Any voter that utilizes the foregoing exception, and thereafter participates in the nomination process of a party other than the Republican Party, shall not have the benefit of the exception identified in this paragraph thereafter. Within 30 days of receipt, the Official Committee shall provide a copy of this signed renunciation statement to the Republican Party of Virginia, to be maintained for a period of 5 years.

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