“Virginia, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. The results are in, and while they may not be what we had hoped for, this is just the beginning,” said Delegate Hala Ayala. “I want to congratulate my opponent on making history and paving the way for future women leaders who look like us. We may not be able to claim victory today, but we know that the results of this election are simply a minor setback in our larger fight for progress.”
This morning, Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, held an election day press call with Attorney General Mark Herring and DPVA Chair Susan Swecker to lay out the stakes of today’s election and deliver their closing messages to voters.
Access audio of this morning’s press call here.
After voting early and casting her ballot for this Tuesday’s elections in Virginia, Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, held a press conference to emphasize the importance of keeping the Lieutenant Governor’s seat blue to protect the progress our Democratic majority has made over the past two years.
“I’ve been a waitress off of Route 1, a gas station attendant, and a school administrative assistant. Never in a million years did I envision myself as a candidate for statewide office. I am immensely proud of the movement for equity and progress we have built together here in Virginia. With just 17 days left of this campaign, I’ll continue to connect with every voter. I look forward to uplifting their voices in Richmond as the next Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth.”
“Today, I’m proud to honor Native American and Indigenous Virginians and their immeasurable contributions to our Commonwealth. As we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we must also recognize the losses and persecution Indigenous people and Native Americans have suffered, and commit to working in partnership with Virginia’s federal and state-recognized tribes, who were the first inhabitants of our land. As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll ensure that Native American and Indigenous Virginians always have a seat at the table.”
“As we honor the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, we remember the devastating loss of nearly 3,000 innocent people, those who were injured, and the impact that day has had on our nation. Today, my heart is with the families and friends of those who lost loved ones 20 years ago. As we continue to heal, we recognize the bravery and service of the first responders who ran towards the wreckage to save their fellow Americans. We will continue to honor their legacy and the legacy of those we lost and fight for an inclusive and welcoming Commonwealth.”
In response to her extreme opponent who pledged her support for a Texas-like abortion ban in Virginia, Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, joined the Democratic statewide ticket and Senator Jennifer McClellan for a press conference. Delegate Ayala emphasized the importance of protecting reproductive health care in the Commonwealth.