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“I am impressed with Hala's willingness to listen and learn and to work hard on behalf of the entire Commonwealth,” Said Mr. Milliken. “In her time in the General Assembly she has shown herself to be a real leader and I am proud to endorse her for Lieutenant Governor.”

“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.”

“I am so honored to receive the endorsement of the Virginia Chapter of the National Organization for Women," said Delegate Hala Ayala. "As the Founder and former President of the Prince William Chapter, NOW has been a central to my career as a women’s rights advocate. They welcomed me into their movement and have been there for me throughout my political career. With their help, I will continue to advocate for women and girls across the Commonwealth and beyond.” 

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. 

“As the mother to a Black son and a Black daughter, I know the visceral fear that our Black mothers have when our sons and daughters drive to work, or go for a walk around the block. My children are one of the main reasons that I fight for criminal justice reform, and legalization is a critical part of that fight,” said Delegate Hala Ayala.

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.