As a lifelong Virginia resident, Hala understands where we’ve come from and embodies the diversity of our future.

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“Virginia, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. The results are in, and while they may not be what we had hoped for, this is just the beginning,” said Delegate Hala Ayala. “I want to congratulate my opponent on making history and paving the way for future women leaders who look like us. We may not be able to claim victory today, but we know that the results of this election are simply a minor setback in our larger fight for progress.”


This morning, Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, held an election day press call with Attorney General Mark Herring and DPVA Chair Susan Swecker to lay out the stakes of today’s election and deliver their closing messages to voters.

Access audio of this morning’s press call here


In case you missed it, the Richmond Free Press Editorial Board has endorsed Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia over Winsome Sears and her running mates, who “would do little or nothing to help African-American families and people of color,” and “have expressed little concern about the health and safety of people of color in the pandemic by rejecting vaccination and mask mandates.” 

 

Meet Hala

Born and raised in Virginia, Hala understands our Commonwealth, its history, its challenges, and its many opportunities. As the daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and an Irish and Lebanese mother, Hala reflects the growing diversity of Virginia and the strength that it brings to our future.

Growing up, Hala’s family struggled to make ends meet. And when she was pregnant, her job didn’t offer any health insurance. Thankfully, she qualified for Medicaid, which provided healthcare for her and her son. After he was born, he suffered from asthma and acid reflux and needed urgent medical attention. Medicaid saved his life.

Hala went on to build a career as a single working mom. For over 20 years as a cybersecurity specialist with the Department of Homeland Security, she worked to protect our nation’s information systems and prevent attacks on our national security. And in 2013, Hala completed her college degree online while working full time.

From the local PTA and statewide women’s advocacy groups to serving on the McAuliffe Council of Women, Hala has long worked for progress. In 2017, she helped organize the first Women’s March in Washington. Seeing millions of women stand up against division and hate inspired her to run for office. She ran for Virginia’s 51st House District and won against a four-term Republican incumbent in the diverse and fast-growing suburbs of Prince William County.

A key part of the new Democratic Majority, she made good on her campaign promises – expanding Medicaid for 400,000 Virginians, raising teacher pay, passing the Equal Rights Amendment and expanding background checks to keep guns out of dangerous hands.

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