“My run for office has always been focused on serving others and representing their priorities.”
WOODBRIDGE, VA — After voting early and casting her ballot for this Tuesday’s elections in Virginia, Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, held a press conference to emphasize the importance of keeping the Lieutenant Governor’s seat blue to protect the progress our Democratic majority has made over the past two years.
Read an excerpt of her remarks below.
My run for office has always been focused on serving others and representing their priorities.
I’m running to plant seeds for the future and to use this platform to tell every child, regardless of their race, economic status, or ZIP code, that they can do this too.
This campaign has been a battle for the very fabric of our Commonwealth.
We’ve seen Trumpian Republicans like my opponent weaponize our bodies, our history, our schools, and even a Pulitzer-prize-winning book.
My opponent was even set to participate in the rally where they pledged allegiance to a flag that was present at the Capitol during the January 6th insurrection.
Once again, the Republican ticket has shown us there’s no line they won’t cross.
But I have faith in Virginia. I have faith in my neighbors and community members, and in the voters that I’ve met crisscrossing the Commonwealth.
They aren’t buying what Republicans are selling.
They know we deserve better than that.
This November, voters have the opportunity to choose progress, inclusion, hope, and truth. And they have the chance to elect a Lieutenant Governor who has walked miles in their shoes.
Our current Lieutenant Governor has cast 52 tie-breaking votes to deliver gun safety reforms, expand Medicaid, and protect workers’ rights.
We need to keep this seat blue.
As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll fight to deliver affordable health care to the 700,000 Virginians that still need access.
Fight to raise teacher pay above the national average.
Be a firewall for reproductive health in the face of extreme Republicans who are attempting to roll back Roe v. Wade.
And keep Virginia #1 for business by also making us #1 for workers.
This is the progress at stake when Virginians go to the ballot box.
We’ve only got five more days, and Virginians get one shot at this election, so we can’t take any chances.
I encourage every Virginian to vote early by Saturday, drop off your ballots, or make a plan to vote on election day.
Your vote and voice matter, so please make it heard.
I’m so grateful for this experience and for every Virginian who has embraced me and supported my campaign.
My name is Hala Ayala, I hope to earn your support and make history as your first ever woman of color Lieutenant Governor.