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In case you missed it, Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, joined MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss what’s at stake for Virginia this November 2. There’s only one candidate in the race for Lieutenant Governor with the lived experience and leadership capabilities to move Virginia forward, and Delegate Hala Ayala is ready to hit the ground running on day one.

“Today, I’m proud to honor Native American and Indigenous Virginians and their immeasurable contributions to our Commonwealth. As we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we must also recognize the losses and persecution Indigenous people and Native Americans have suffered, and commit to working in partnership with Virginia’s federal and state-recognized tribes, who were the first inhabitants of our land. As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll ensure that Native American and Indigenous Virginians always have a seat at the table.”

“Real leadership is about leading by example. Real leadership is not being evasive and hiding from Virginians at a time when they need to hear from you most. Make no mistake: This election is a life or death matter. It’s the deciding factor between whether we move forward and build back better from this pandemic, or if we backslide and the lives and rights of Virginians suffer as a result. Virginians need real leaders like Terry, Mark, and I who will show up and prioritize the health, safety, and success of all Virginians.”

But perhaps the contest that has exposed the most gapping divide between Democrats and Republicans in Virginia on Covid is the lieutenant governor race between Democrat Hala Ayala, a member of the commonwealth's House of Delegates, and Republican Winsome Sears, a former member of the legislative body. While Youngkin has at times tried to moderate his position on vaccines, telling audiences he is vaccinated and urging people to get the shot even has he refuses to back mandates, his Republican running mate has said it was time to "leave people be" on vaccines and, in an interview with CNN, declined to say whether she is vaccinated. 

Today, Democratic leaders held a press conference to highlight the importance of keeping Virginia blue in order to continue building a strong, inclusive economy. From raising the minimum wage and expanding paid family and medical leave, to protecting and expanding health care for all Virginians, Democrats have a track record of fighting to lift people up all across the commonwealth.

Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor and Everytown for Gun Safety today announced a new $200,000+ campaign highlighting Del. Ayala’s record and commitment to gun violence prevention. The ad will run on TV, digital and radio throughout the state and features Delegate Ayala’s own story as a gun violence survivor - as her father was shot and killed when she was just two years old.