Latino Victory Fund Endorses Delegate Hala Ayala’s Campaign for Lieutenant Governor

Delegate Ayala’s Campaign continues to show strong momentum after the endorsement of Governor Ralph Northam, and now Latino Victory Fund

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Today, Delegate Hala Ayala’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor announced the endorsement of Latino Victory Fund, a progressive political action committee with the mission of growing Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government. Delegate Ayala would be the first woman and first Afro-Latina elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor in Virginia. 

“We’re proud to support Delegate Ayala in her historic candidacy for lieutenant governor because she is a proven leader who embodies the type of leadership that makes government work for the people. She has been an effective leader in the House of Delegates, and if elected lieutenant governor, she’ll expand her bold vision for a prosperous Virginia centered on creating opportunities for all,” said Nathalie Rayes, Latino Victory Fund president & CEO. “As Virginia grapples with the disparities exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, Delegate Ayala is focusing on priority issues that aim to root out these inequities, such as expanding access to affordable health care and creating an economy that works for all Virginians. Her election to the lieutenant governor will strengthen Virginia’s executive branch and expand Latina representation at the state level.”

“I am so honored to have the support of Latino Victory Fund,” said Delegate Hala Ayala. “The work that Latino Victory Fund has done for Latino candidates has transformed our Commonwealth. Their work is so important to increase representation and elect Latinos who understand the issues facing our communities and how to solve them. In 2017, they stood with me as I was elected  the first Afro-Latina elected to the House of Delegates. I would not have been able to achieve such a historic victory without their help and I am so grateful for their support for my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor.” 

Ayala — the first Afro-Latina elected to the General Assembly — serves in leadership of the House Democratic majority as Chief Deputy Whip, where she has helped usher in transformational progress for Virginia, including expanding Medicaid, passing historic criminal justice reforms, and raising teacher pay. She would make history as the first woman elected Lieutenant Governor and the first woman of color elected statewide in Virginia history. 

On Monday, Delegate Ayala was endorsed by Governor Ralph Northam, Speaker of the House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn, and House Majority Leader Charniele Herring. They join dozens of organizations, elected officials, and community leaders from across Virginia in supporting Ayala’s bid for Lieutenant Governor, including former Congressman Jim Moran, State Senator Lionell Spruill, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, House Majority Whip Alfonso Lopez, House Majority Co-Whip Mike Mullin, Appropriations Committee Chair Luke Torian, Transportation Committee Chair Delores McQuinn, Delegates Danica Roem, Josh Cole, Dawn Adams, Clinton Jenkins, and Kathleen Murphy, and Higher Heights for America, which is dedicated to electing more Black women. Read Hala’s full list of endorsers here.