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“From passing her bill to expand broadband access to successfully working to expand Medicaid for 400,000 Virginians, Hala Ayala has proven herself a tenacious advocate for policymaking rooted in science,” said Shaughnessy Naughton, President of 314 Action. “Hala will continue to fight for the people of Virginia as the state’s lieutenant governor, promoting facts and evidence-based solutions to the most pressing issues facing Virginians.”


“Virginia played a crucial role in delivering the Presidency to Joe Biden and rebuking the hate and bigotry of Trump,” said Delegate Hala Ayala.  These activists worked tirelessly to make this happen and I am so honored to have their support. They understand that we need leaders who will build bridges and unite our Commonwealth and I can’t wait to work with them on issues that matter most to Virginians.” 


Delegate Hala Ayala spoke on the House floor in observance of Black History Month on Friday afternoon honoring Black women who are facing a national emergency in the midst of COVID-19. Ayala, who is an Afro-Latina running for Lieutenant Governor and would be the first woman of color elected statewide in Virginia, was endorsed last week by Higher Heights, the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more Black women.


"I am proud to endorse Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Hala is exactly the type of leader we need in Richmond." Said Senator Lionell Spruill. "I've seen firsthand the crucial role that the Lieutenant Governor plays in the Senate and we need someone like Hala who can work to build coalitions and get things done. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor.”


I hope you are staying safe and healthy! We made some terrific progress for our Commonwealth during this first week of special session. I am happy to report that nearly all of my bills have already passed the Senate unanimously and are heading to Governor Northam’s desk. I am thrilled to see that all of my bills have earned overwhelming bipartisan support.


Higher Heights for America PAC is the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more progressive Black women at the federal and statewide levels and as mayors in the 100 most populated U.S. cities. With the support of their rapidly growing network of members, activists, volunteers and supporters, Higher Heights PAC has helped Black women grow their political leadership and representation.  You can read more about their electoral successes here.