WOODBRIDGE (April 16, 2019) - In the first campaign finance deadline of the year, Delegate Hala Ayala kicked off her re-election campaign with some of the strongest fundraising numbers in the VA House of Delegates, raising in the top 10th percentile of delegates running for re-election to the House. Reporting $61,590, Delegate Ayala also set the record for most money raised by an incumbent in the first quarter in HD-51 in the past decade.
"I'm so proud of and grateful for the incredible support our campaign has received," said Delegate Ayala. "Our fundraising report isn't about dollars raised; it's about the people who believe enough in our campaign to contribute their hard-earned money, and it's about every conversation it enables us to have with the people of the 51st district."
Of the contributions that Delegate Ayala received, 79 percent were less than $100, and the average online contribution was $42.
"It's important to me and our communities in Prince William that this campaign is truly powered by real people, not by corporations or special interest groups," Ayala continued.
Delegate Ayala was one of the historic 15 Democrats to flip a Republican-held in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017, and she is one of the first Latina women ever elected to the Virginia House. During her 2017 campaign, she promised to bring Medicaid expansion to Virginia, which she helped to deliver in her first session in Richmond. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the only organization in the country dedicated to supporting Democrats in state legislatures, named Delegate Ayala's re-election one of its "spotlight races" in 2019.