EMILY’s List Endorses Delegate Hala Ayala’s Campaign for Lieutenant Governor

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorses Delegate Ayala’s Historic Campaign.

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Today, Delegate Hala Ayala’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor announced the endorsement of EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics. Delegate Ayala would be the first woman and first Afro-latina elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor in Virginia. 

“The daughter of an immigrant, a single mom, and a dedicated Virginian invested in the wellbeing of her community, EMILY’s List is confident Hala Ayala is the right person to advocate for Virginia families as lieutenant governor,” said Emily Cain, EMILY’s List Executive Director. “After becoming the first Afro-Latina to be elected to the Virginia House, Hala led the way to expanding Medicaid — which she attributes to saving her son’s life — for 400,000 Virginians. She has also worked tirelessly to protect reproductive freedom, raise teacher pay, and expand gun safety measures. As a dedicated fighter for women’s rights with nearly a decade of experience advocating for equality, Hala founded the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women, helped organize Virginia’s involvement in the Women’s March, and served as chief co-patron on the bill that made Virginia the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Hala is a champion for women and families and the EMILY’s List community is proud to endorse her run to become the first woman lieutenant governor of Virginia.” 

“I am so honored to be endorsed by EMILY’s List,” said Delegate Ayala. “EMILY’s List has been with me from my first campaign for the House of Delegates in 2017, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support. Advocating on behalf of women and families, especially in regards to reproductive rights, has been a cornerstone of my political career. I will continue to fight for equal pay, access to reproductive health care and equality under the law 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. 

On Monday, Delegate Ayala was endorsed by Governor Ralph Northam, Speaker of the House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn, and House Majority Leader Charniele Herring. Yesterday she was also endorsed by Latino Victory Fund. They join dozens of organizations, elected officials, and community leaders from across Virginia in supporting Ayala’s bid for Lieutenant Governor, including former Congressman Jim Moran, State Senator Lionell Spruill, 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 Danica Roem, Josh Cole, Dawn Adams, Clinton Jenkins, and Kathleen Murphy, and Higher Heights for America, which is dedicated to electing more Black women. Read Hala’s full list of endorsers here.