Congressman Gerry Connolly endorsed Hala Ayala today in her bid for the 51st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, citing her long history of work for Democratic causes in the Commonwealth. Ayala is the former president and founder of the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), vice president of Virginia NOW and serves on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Council on Women.
Lake Ridge resident Hala Ayala has been active in the local political scene for a while. She volunteered for the Obama campaign in 2012 and re-launched Prince William County’s dormant NOW chapter, becoming its president in 2014. Now, Ayala says she’s ready to take it to the next level. The 43-year-old mother of two launched a campaign last week for the 51st District state delegate’s seat, currently held by Del. Rich Anderson, a Republican serving in his fourth term.