Delegate Watts is the 20th 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 Vivian Watts. Delegate Watts has represented the 39th district for nearly two decades, which covers portions of Fairfax County and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee. Ayala’s campaign has been endorsed by the most members of both chambers of any candidate running in the field and the majority of House Leadership, demonstrating her strong leadership in Richmond.
"I am pleased to endorse Delegate Ayala for Lieutenant Governor,” said Delegate Watts. “Delegate Ayala is a principled legislator with a deep understanding of policy and how this can better the lives of Virginians. Hala is the strong and compassionate candidate we need on the ticket to defeat Winsome Sears. I hope you will join me in supporting her."
“I am so honored to be endorsed by Delegate Watts,” said Delegate Ayala. “Delegate Watts has been a champion for education and justice her entire career. She is one of our most accomplished legislators and I am so proud to have served with her in the General Assembly.”
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 has been 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, President pro tempore Louise Lucas, Senator Lionell Spruill, Senator Jeremy McPike, Senator Janet Howell, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, House Caucus Chair Rip Sullivan, House Majority Whip Alfonso Lopez, House Majority Co-Whip Mike Mullin, Appropriations Committee Chair Luke Torian, Transportation Committee Chair Delores McQuinn, Delegates Betsy Carr, Marcus Simon, 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.