WOODBRIDGE, VA — Delegate Hala Ayala released the following statement on Winsome Sears, the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor:
“It’s no surprise that Republican insiders nominated a right-wing extremist like Winsome Sears. The Republican Party of Virginia is out of touch with the needs of regular Virginians, and they continue to elevate conspiracy theorists and Trump extremists like Winsome Sears. She has repeatedly advocated to strip Virginians of their voting rights, defund our public school system, and gut affordable healthcare for more than half-million Virginians, including stripping protections for pre-existing conditions. Sears will roll back the progress we have made in our Commonwealth, especially when it comes to voting rights, gun safety, and reproductive freedom. Virginia families simply cannot afford to have an anti-democracy, pro-Trump Lieutenant Governor."
“Virginians need a Lieutenant Governor who can build bridges instead of barriers to progress. They need a Lieutenant Governor who will protect and expand reproductive rights, not attack them. They need a Lieutenant Governor who will make it easier to vote, not harder. Virginians need a Lieutenant Governor who understands their struggles and who can build on the progress we’ve made to make real change in people's lives. I am that candidate, and as Lieutenant Governor, I will be a leader for all Virginians, no matter their political party.”
Ayala — the first Afro-Latina elected to the General Assembly — serves in leadership of the House Democratic majority as Chief Deputy Whip, where she has helped usher in transformational progress for Virginia, including expanding Medicaid, passing historic criminal justice reforms, and raising teacher pay. Delegate Ayala has also worked for over 20 years as a cyber security specialist with the Department of Homeland Security to protect our nation’s information systems. She would make history as the first woman elected Lieutenant Governor and the first woman of color elected statewide in Virginia history.