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.
But perhaps the contest that has exposed the most gapping divide between Democrats and Republicans in Virginia on Covid is the lieutenant governor race between Democrat Hala Ayala, a member of the commonwealth's House of Delegates, and Republican Winsome Sears, a former member of the legislative body. While Youngkin has at times tried to moderate his position on vaccines, telling audiences he is vaccinated and urging people to get the shot even has he refuses to back mandates, his Republican running mate has said it was time to "leave people be" on vaccines and, in an interview with CNN, declined to say whether she is vaccinated.
“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.”
“The Supreme Court’s shameful refusal to step in on behalf of Roe v. Wade, the law of the land, is further proof that protecting the right to choose will come down to our state legislatures. Here in Virginia, the state Senate is at a 20-20 tie on the issue of choice, meaning the next Lieutenant Governor will be the last line of defense for Virginians’ reproductive rights. As Lieutenant Governor, I will always protect our fundamental rights, which includes the right to make decisions about our own bodies."
“Four years ago we watched as white supremacists marched to Nazi chants on our streets, sparking violence that took the lives of three Virginians and left many others injured. Our community is still working to heal. Today and every day, my heart is with the families of those we lost, with the first responders on the ground, and with the Charlottesville community.”
Today, Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor, voted to pass the Governor’s budget, which allocates over $3 billion in critical funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan to help Virginians rebuild from COVID-19.
One week after Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor, called on extreme Republican candidate Winsome Sears to disavow dangerous "election integrity" myths, Sears joined an “Audit the Vote” protest outside of the State Capitol. In response, Veronica Ingham, Hala for Virginia campaign manager, released a statement. Click here to read.
Today, Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor, will return to Richmond for the General Assembly Special Session. As Chief Deputy Whip in the House of Delegates, Hala is the only candidate in the race with the legislative leadership experience to effectively preside over the state Senate and advance Virginia’s priorities.
“Anyone who attempts to undermine faith in our democracy has absolutely no place leading it. It’s hard to think of anything as irresponsible as using fear and misinformation around our elections as a fundraising opportunity. I’m disappointed and disturbed to see my opponent continuing to peddle such a dangerous myth that has cost Americans their lives. I’m calling on her to drop out of this event and finally disavow this conspiracy theory.”
“This November, Virginians have yet another opportunity to choose progress by supporting our Democratic ticket,” said Del. Ayala. “Just like President Biden, Terry, Mark, and I are ready to hit the ground running on day one. Together, we’ll build on the success of Governor Northam and our Democratic majority. We’ll never lose sight of the workers, families, and communities we’re fighting for here in Virginia. As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll continue fighting to expand access to affordable health care, support our teachers and students, invest in broadband, and grow our economy.”