Mayor of Richmond Levar Stoney Endorses Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s endorsement shows growing momentum and broad support for the Ayala campaign 

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Delegate Hala Ayala’s campaign for Virginia Lieutenant Governor today announced the endorsement of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. Prior to being elected, Mayor Stoney served as the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Terry McAuliffe. 

“I am proud to support Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor,” said Mayor Stoney.  “I’ve seen Delegate Ayala’s work first hand, and she is exactly the type of leader we need here in Richmond. Her unique perspective and passion has served the Democratic Majority well in the General Assembly, and she has been a voice for our Black and Brown communities. She has been a leader within the General Assembly as it has been able to pass some of the most progressive legislation our Commonwealth has ever seen, and this has directly bettered the city of Richmond and it’s people. Hala consistently leads with justice and equity in mind, and I know she will continue this as Lieutenant Governor. I hope you will join me in supporting her.” 

“I am so honored and grateful to have Mayor Stoney’s support,” said Delegate Ayala. “Levar’s time in office has transformed the city of Richmond forever, and his impact extends greatly beyond the city limits. He is a great leader in our Commonwealth, and I look forward to working with him as Lieutenant Governor. We need more leaders like Levar who are willing to step up and step out to support women of color in positions of leadership.” 

Delegate 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 was also endorsed yesterday by House Majority Whip Alfonzo Lopez and Delegate Kathleen Murphy. They join 60 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, Appropriations Committee Chair Luke Torian, Transportation Committee Chair Delores McQuinn, Delegates Danica Roem, Josh Cole, and Clinton Jenkins, and Higher Heights for America, which is dedicated to electing more Black women. 

Ayala’s other endorsements include: 

  • 314 Action Fund 
  • NOW PAC 
  • Feminist Majority PAC
  • John Milliken, Former Virginia Secretary of Transportation 
  • Mayor Derrick Wood, Dumfries
  • Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger, Manassas
  • Vice Mayor Monae Nickerson, Dumfries
  • Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch, Richmond
  • Councilman Mike Jones, Richmond
  • Councilwoman Amy Jackson, Alexandria
  • Councilman Mark Wolfe, Manassas City 
  • Supervisor Andrea Bailey, Prince William County 
  • Supervisor Victor Angry, Prince William County 
  • Councilwoman Cyndy Neville, Dumfries 
  • Councilwoman Selonia Miles, Dumfries 
  • Councilman Brian Fields, Dumfries 
  • Councilman Darryl Moore, Manassas City 
  • Vice Chair Barbara Kanninen, Arlington 
  • School Board Member Loree Williams, Prince William County 
  • School Board Member Lillie Jessie, Prince William County 
  • Commonwealth Attorney Bryan Porter, Alexandria 
  • Clerk of Court Greg Parks, Alexandria 
  • Sheriff Alisa Gregory, Henrico 
  • Treasurer Patricia Ritchie Folks, Manassas 
  • Councilman Haseeb Javed, Manassa City Park 
  • Stacey Sher, Executive Producers of FX’s Ms. America and women’s right’s activist 
  • Kim Howard, Former candidate for Senate District 7 
  • Steven Burkarth, Former candidate for Henrico County Board of Supervisors 
  • Marques Jones, Former candidate for Henrico County Board of Supervisors
  • Richard Jessie, Prince William County Community Leader
  • Cozy Bailey, Prince William County NAACP Chapter President 
  • Amanda Linton, Women for Biden State Leader and 11th Congressional District Biden Delegate
  • Cragg Hines, Biden-Harris Elector
  • Jalmeen Soni,  AAPI Community Leader and Biden State Delegate 
  • Dewita Soeharjono,  AAPI Community Leader and Biden State Delegate  
  • Charley Conrad, Community Activist and Biden State Delegate 
  • Carter Turner,  9th Congressional District Biden National Delegate 
  • Gary Schatz, 7th Congressional District Biden National Delegate 
  • Jeffery Person, At Large Biden National Delegate.  
  • Paul Ruiz, 8th Congressional District Biden Delegate
  • Carole Lieber, Community Activist, 8th Congressional District Biden National Delegate, and Biden VA Co-Chair of Coalitions for Veterans and Military Families
  • Terron Sims, Vice Chair for DNC Veterans and Military Families Council 
  • Mike Velasquez, Regional Coordinator of DNC Veterans and Military Families Council
  • Lisa Sales, Women's Rights Advocate and At-Large Biden National Delegate
  • Monica Hutchinson, Henrico County Community Leader and At Large Biden Delegate 
  • Ernestine Jenkins, Prince William County Community Leader 
  • Al Brooks, Prince William County Community Leader 
  • Frank Callahan, Henrico County Community Leader 
  • Sara Townsend, Prince William County Leader
  • Jennifer Jessie, Prince William County Leader