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

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As early voting begins, Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, is 100% focused on connecting with voters across the Commonwealth. As the only candidate with the lived and legislative leadership experience necessary to move Virginia forward, Hala will amplify every Virginian’s voice in Richmond.

Go to iwillvote.com to make a plan to vote. Virginians can also call the Virginia Voter Hotline with any questions, concerns, or problems at (844) 4VA-VOTE or (844-482-8683).


“Our current Lieutenant Governor has cast 52 tie-breaking votes in the state Senate on critical issues including health care, choice, workers’ rights, criminal justice reform, and more. It is absolutely critical that Democrats hold this seat to protect the progress we have made in our Commonwealth. As early voting begins, I encourage every Virginian to make their voices heard, whether they’re voting by mail, in-person, or dropping off their ballots. Democracy is not a spectator sport, so get off the sidelines and vote!”


In case you missed it, the Washington Post editorial board endorsed Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor, championing her as a “levelheaded [progressive] aligned with Virginia,” in contrast to her extreme opponent, who “publicly backed Texas’s draconian antiabortion law, then fired most of her campaign staff.”

 

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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