ICYMI: Former Delegate and Democratic Leader David Toscano Endorses Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor

Former Minority Leader in the House of Delegates joins Governor Ralph Northam, Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, and House Majority Leader Charniele Herring in supporting Delegate Ayala's historic candidacy. 

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Delegate Hala Ayala’s campaign for Virginia Lieutenant Governor announced the endorsement of Former Delegate David Toscano. David Toscano served 14 years (2006-20) in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 57th District, which includes all of Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County. He was the Democratic leader in the House of Delegates from 2011 to 2018. Prior to serving in the state legislature, he served 12 years on Charlottesville’s City Council, including a stint as Mayor.

“I support Hala Ayala For Lieutenant Governor,” said Toscano. “She is a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and cyber security expert. Hala understands the role of the Lieutenant Governor. She is collaborative in her approach, a quality that we in need in that job. When you work closely with people in elective office, you learn who has the temperament, skills and integrity to do the job. Hala is that person.”

“I am so honored to be endorsed by my friend and former Delegate David Toscano,” said Delegate Ayala. “I learned so much from David during my first term in the General Assembly and I have carried these lessons with me as Chief Deputy Whip. We would not have been able to create the transformative change we have today without David’s leadership and his decades of service have made a lasting impact on our Commonwealth. I hope to carry his legacy of progressive change 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.

Last week, Delegate Ayala was 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, and Kathleen Murphy, and Higher Heights for America, which is dedicated to electing more Black women. Read Hala’s full list of endorsers here.