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STATE OF THE RACE: Ayala Campaign Outlines Clear Path to Victory Heading into Final Month of Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor

“I am so proud of the work our grassroots campaign has accomplished as we head into the final month of the campaign,” said Delegate Hala Ayala. “Virginians are looking for someone who understands their experiences and challenges and can bring people together to make progress in their day-to-day lives. I have demonstrated I am that person.” 

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Delegate Hala Ayala’s Statement on Governor Northam Signing Marijuana Legalization into Law

“Today Virginia officially became the first state in the South to legalize marijuana. Yet again, our Commonwealth is leading the way to break down the legacy of Jim Crow and systematic racism. I am the mother to 2 Black children, and my greatest fear is that when they drive to work or walk around the block that they will not return home. Yesterday we were once again reminded of this painful reality with the verdict in the murder of George Floyd. We have a great deal of work to do to heal generations of trauma and begin to create an equitable justice system. 

Del. Hala Ayala’s Statement on the Verdict in the Trial for the Murder of George Floyd

“Although today’s decision is a step in the right direction, we have so much work to do to heal our nation and ensure everyone can feel safe in our neighborhoods and hold our police accountable. There is so much implicit bias and inequity within our institutions of justice and we must be willing to do the hard work and root out these racist policies. I look forward to continuing to build on the reforms our Commonwealth has passed and create a more just society here in Virginia.”

Ayala Releases Plan to Tackle the Gun Violence Epidemic on 14th Anniversary of Virginia Tech Shooting

Ayala knows the pain and trauma of gun violence personally. When she was 2 years old, her father was shot and murdered. She saw her mother suffer from severe PTSD as a result. That is why she has been a gun sense champion in the General Assembly since being elected in 2017.  Ayala will continue to honor her father and all of the victims of gun violence through action as Lieutenant Governor. 

Governor Ralph Northam Signs Delegate Hala Ayala’s Legislation to Support Virginia Working Families

Governor Ralph Northam signed Delegate Hala Ayala’s legislative agenda supporting Virginia working families passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Her agenda focused on supporting the Commonwealth’s workers, women, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic and moving Virginia forward to a strong future as we recover from this crisis. 

Delegate Hala Ayala’s Statement on Equal Pay Day

"We know that women in our Commonwealth make just 82 cents on the dollar compared to their male, and that gap is even wider for a woman of color like myself. As we commemorate Equal Pay Day--the day that the average women must work in order to earn what the average man earns in the previous year--it is a stark reminder that our fight for gender equality and equity is far from over."

Delegate Hala Ayala’s Statement on International Women’s Day

Today’s celebration of the women’s movement is particularly poignant. During COVID-19, women--especially women of color--have been disproportionately furloughed, have had their hours reduced, and have lost their jobs. Women are more likely to be infected, hospitalized, and die from COVID-19 than their male counterparts, and women are more likely to be our frontline workers throughout the pandemic. COVID-19 has exacerbated existing inequities and has devastated Virginia women.

Delegate Hala Ayala Officially Files for Lieutenant Governor’s Race

“I’m so grateful for the dozens of volunteers who circulated thousands of petitions across the Commonwealth in support of our campaign for a strong future for Virginia families,” said Delegate Hala Ayala. “This is a people-powered campaign, and we are so lucky to have the support of so many incredible grassroots volunteers who believe in our vision. I’d also like to thank the thousands of voters who signed our petition and have given me the opportunity to make my case to voters. This election will be about selecting a Lieutenant Governor who understands what Virginians are facing and can build bridges and lead our Commonwealth into the future, and I am that candidate.”