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Delegate Hala Ayala Officially Files for Lieutenant Governor’s Race

“I’m so grateful for the dozens of volunteers who circulated thousands of petitions across the Commonwealth in support of our campaign for a strong future for Virginia families,” said Delegate Hala Ayala. “This is a people-powered campaign, and we are so lucky to have the support of so many incredible grassroots volunteers who believe in our vision. I’d also like to thank the thousands of voters who signed our petition and have given me the opportunity to make my case to voters. This election will be about selecting a Lieutenant Governor who understands what Virginians are facing and can build bridges and lead our Commonwealth into the future, and I am that candidate.” 

ICYMI: Del. Hala Ayala Recognizes Struggle of Black Women in Black History Month Floor Speech

Delegate Hala Ayala spoke on the House floor in observance of Black History Month on Friday afternoon honoring Black women who are facing a national emergency in the midst of COVID-19. Ayala, who is an Afro-Latina running for Lieutenant Governor and would be the first woman of color elected statewide in Virginia, was endorsed last week by Higher Heights, the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more Black women.

Higher Heights for America PAC Endorses Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor

Higher Heights for America PAC is the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more progressive Black women at the federal and statewide levels and as mayors in the 100 most populated U.S. cities. With the support of their rapidly growing network of members, activists, volunteers and supporters, Higher Heights PAC has helped Black women grow their political leadership and representation.  You can read more about their electoral successes here.

ICYMI: Delegate Hala Ayala Joins Senator Warner in Observance of Black History Month

"For our Commonwealth to heal and move forward into an equitable just future, we need to understand our past and its pain. We need to know and uplift the story of the more than 300,000 African-Americans who were sold into slavery, tortured, and killed at Lumpkin’s Jail. I’d also like to thank Governor Northam for including $9 million in this year’s historic budget to build a memorial in remembrance of these souls." 

Ayala Outdoor Refreshments Area Bill to Help Small Businesses and Localities Unanimously Passes Senate

“More than 1 in 4 small businesses have closed in our Commonwealth during COVID-19, and many more are struggling,” said Ayala. “HB 2266 will help our small businesses and localities recover from COVID-19 and come out of this crisis even stronger. Thank you to my colleagues--Delegate Lamont Bagby, Delegate Jeff Bourne, Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, and Delegate Martha Mugler--for working with me to pass this important legislation.” 

Ayala Welcomes House Budget, Which Includes Her Provisions to Support Commonwealth Families

Our House’s historic budget shows that we are focused on providing our Commonwealth the support that is needed for Virginians during this crisis. It ensures that more families have the economic security they need as we look to recover from the pandemic. I know the struggles that a lot of our families are facing throughout COVID-19 because I’ve lived them. Our budget will help our families and small businesses weather this crisis and move Virginia forward.

Ayala Public Health Training Bill to Help Keep Commonwealth Employees Safe Unanimously Passes Senate

HB 1891, to require public health training by state employees unanimously passed out of the Senate today. This bill will require the Department of Human Resource Management, alongside the Department of Health and Human Resources, to develop public health online training, including a pandemic and communicable disease preparedness, as a part of the safety and disaster awareness training already mandated for Commonwealth employees.

Delegate Hala Ayala’s Bipartisan Bills to Help Working Families and Small Businesses Pass the House

Delegate Hala Ayala announced today that 5 of her bills to help working families and small businesses passed out of the House of Delegates and will now be considered by the Senate. Ayala’s bills will support the Commonwealth’s workers, women, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic and will move Virginia forward to a strong future as we recover from this crisis.