Delegate Simon is the 17th member of the Senate and House of Delegates to endorse Delegate Ayala’s historic campaign.
WOODBRIDGE, VA — Delegate Hala Ayala’s campaign for Virginia Lieutenant Governor announced the endorsement of Delegate Marcus Simon. Del. Simon serves the 53rd district, which includes Falls Church and parts of Fairfax County. There he sits on the Courts of Justice, General Laws, and Rules committees, and is Chair of the Privileges and Elections committee and Vice-Chair of the Housing and Consumer Protections Subcommittee of General Laws. He also serves as Parliamentarian and Secretary for the House Democratic Caucus. Ayala’s campaign has been endorsed by the most members of both chambers of any candidate running in the field, demonstrating her strong leadership in Richmond.
“I am so excited to endorse my colleague Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor,” said Delegate Simon. “Hala has been a trusted partner in the General Assembly and we have been able to pass transformative legislation that impacts real Virginians with her help. I know she will bring her legislative expertise and principled leadership to the Lieutenant Governor's office and I hope you’ll join me in supporting her."
“I am so honored to be endorsed by Delegate Simon,” said Delegate Ayala. “Marcus and I have worked closely together during our time in House Leadership and I have learned so much from him and his wonderful leadership style. While I will miss working with him each day in the House of Delegates, I know we will continue our good work during my term as Lieutenant Governor.”
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. She would make history as the first woman elected Lieutenant Governor and the first woman of color elected statewide in Virginia history.
Delegate Ayala is endorsed by Governor Ralph Northam, Speaker of the House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn, House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, EMILY’s List, and Latino Victory Fund. They join over 80 dozens organizations, elected officials, and community leaders from across Virginia in supporting Ayala’s bid for Lieutenant Governor, including former Congressman Jim Moran, Senator Lionell Spruill, Senator Jeremy McPike, Senator Janet Howell, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, House Majority Whip Alfonso Lopez, House Majority Co-Whip Mike Mullin, Appropriations Committee Chair Luke Torian, Transportation Committee Chair Delores McQuinn, Delegates Besty Carr, Danica Roem, Josh Cole, Dawn Adams, Clinton Jenkins, Paul Krizek, and Kathleen Murphy, and Higher Heights for America, which is dedicated to electing more Black women. Read Hala’s full list of endorsers here.