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, 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.
It’s time to turn the tides of history and start investing in the people who need care and those who provide it. As a nation, we’ve failed to support the women — and, more pointedly, the women of color — who do this work. By taking care workers for granted, we’ve also failed to create a true care infrastructure to support the people who rely on services at home and in their communities. All Virginians who depend on care to go about their daily lives should be able to access the same high-quality, compassionate care Bumbray Graves provides for her sister and niece.
“This NICU Awareness Month, my heart is with all NICU patients and families and the fearless health care workers who support them. When I gave birth to my first child, we both almost lost our lives from complications during delivery. Far too many Black and Brown women in Virginia share my experience, and many have worse outcomes. The fact of the matter is, Black women are nine times more likely to lose their pregnancies in Virginia. This is unacceptable.”
In case you missed it, with a 20-20 tie in the Virginia Senate when it comes to choice and Republicans’ unprecedented attacks against Roe v. Wade, the decision to protect abortion and access to reproductive health care could come down to Virginia’s next Lieutenant Governor.