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

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“Anyone who attempts to undermine faith in our democracy has absolutely no place leading it. It’s hard to think of anything as irresponsible as using fear and misinformation around our elections as a fundraising opportunity. I’m disappointed and disturbed to see my opponent continuing to peddle such a dangerous myth that has cost Americans their lives. I’m calling on her to drop out of this event and finally disavow this conspiracy theory.”


“The word grateful doesn’t begin to cover it. Never could I have imagined two decades ago when I worked at a gas station without health insurance, pregnant with my first child, that I would be here today. Thank you to the countless volunteers and advocates who have put their heart and soul into our campaign for a more prosperous, more equal Virginia. With Virginians by my side, I know we’ll take our Commonwealth to the next level when I'm elected Lieutenant Governor.” 


“This November, Virginians have yet another opportunity to choose progress by supporting our Democratic ticket,” said Del. Ayala. “Just like President Biden, Terry, Mark, and I are ready to hit the ground running on day one. Together, we’ll build on the success of Governor Northam and our Democratic majority. We’ll never lose sight of the workers, families, and communities we’re fighting for here in Virginia. As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll continue fighting to expand access to affordable health care, support our teachers and students, invest in broadband, and grow our economy.”

 

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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