WOODBRIDGE, VA — Today marks one year since Delegate Hala Ayala declared her candidacy for lieutenant governor of Virginia. In response, Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Del. Ayala released the following statement:
“In the year since I first announced my candidacy for lieutenant governor, I have been honored with the opportunity to connect with Virginians across the state who have trusted me with their stories and struggles, and that is who I'm fighting for,” said Delegate Hala Ayala. “ I am immensely proud of the work we've done in the House of Delegates to build a stronger, more prosperous Virginia — but there’s still much more to do. We need to expand access to affordable health care, invest in quality schools and child care, and support our small businesses, which is exactly what I’ll do as Virginia’s next lieutenant governor.”
Ayala — the first Afro-Latina elected to the General Assembly — serves in leadership as Chief Deputy Whip in the House of Delegates. She has helped usher in transformational progress for Virginia, including expanding Medicaid, passing historic criminal justice reforms, and raising teacher pay. A lifelong Virginia resident, Ayala went from working at a gas station for minimum wage while pregnant with her son to a career in cyber security. She would make history as the first woman elected Virginia Lieutenant Governor and the first woman of color elected statewide in Virginia history.