Elected & Labor Leaders: Virginia Workers and Businesses Must Elect Democrats to Continue Building an Inclusive Economy

WOODBRIDGE, VA — 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.

Delegate Hala Ayala, Leader Charniele Herring, SEIU Virginia 512 President David Broder, and Family Friendly Action PAC Representative Kristina Hagen made the following statements. 

“Virginia has come so far in our fight to build a stronger, more prosperous Commonwealth, but we still have more work to do,” said Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor. “It’s time for us to deliver paid family and medical leave, invest in quality and affordable child care, reopen our schools safely, and help women get back in the workforce. While radical Republicans like my opponent Winsome Sears campaign to take Virginia backwards, I remain focused on delivering for our workers and businesses, because I know it’s a false choice to pit one against the other. I’m ready to hit the ground running on day one as Virginia’s next Lieutenant Governor.”

“From building a strong economy, expanding affordable health care, to protecting voting rights and keeping Virginians safe in the face of this pandemic, Democratic leadership has truly moved our commonwealth forward,” said Majority Leader Charniele Herring. “Electing Terry McAuliffe, Hala Ayala, Mark Herring, and keeping our majority in the General Assembly is the key to protecting the progress we’ve made and building a better future for folks all across the Commonwealth. The stakes could not be higher for the Commonwealth this November. There is too much at stake in this election to sit it out.” 

“Thanks to the advocacy of working families and the leadership of Leader Herring, Delegate Ayala and Democrats in Richmond, we have made huge strides for working people: raising wages, expanding the right to bargain a contract, paid sick days, expanding health care access, fighting wage theft, and so much more,” said David Broder, president of SEIU Virginia 512. “But let's be very clear: Glenn Youngkin is running not only to stop the progress that working families have made, but to take us backwards. Working families literally can not afford a Youngkin/Sears administration. Virginia needs Terry McAuliffe, Hala Ayala and Mark Herring — partnering with Speaker Filler-Corn, Majority Leader Herring and working families — to  drive our economy forward.” 

“Building an inclusive economy starts with family-friendly economic priorities like paid family and medical leave,” said Kristina Hagen on behalf of the Family Friendly Action PAC. “Terry McAuliffe, Hala Ayala, and Mark Herring have all been firm in their commitment to fighting for working families and that is why we are proud to stand with them in this election. Virginians need them at the helm in order to uplift Virginia families, Virginia women, the small business community, and our workers.”