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Del. Hala Ayala, D-51st.

Del. Hala Ayala announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor of Virginia Tuesday. If elected, she would be the first woman and first Afro-Latina to hold the position.  

Ayala, D-51st, was first elected in a 2017 wave that carried Virginia Democrats into control of the Virginia House of Delegates – flipping four House seats in Prince William County. Ayala and Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-31st, also elected in 2017, are the first Latinas to serve in the Virginia General Assembly.  

Ayala won her seat in 2017 by defeating former delegate Rich Anderson, a Republican, in one of Prince William County's swing districts. She faced Anderson again in 2019 and was re-elected with about 53% of the vote.

Ayala joins several other Prince William County area Democratic lawmakers who have announced bids for higher office. Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-2nd, is running for governor in 2021. Guzman has said she is exploring a run for lieutenant governor but has not formally announced her bid.  

Ayala, the daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and an Irish and Lebanese mother, went from being a single mom working at a gas station without health insurance to building a career as a cybersecurity specialist with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  

Ayala said she said her life experience “embodies the bridge between Virginia’s past and its future, as well as the bridge between struggle and success that many Virginia families face.” 

“I believe my life experiences enable me to be a bridge builder so we can move Virginia forward into a strong, just, and prosperous future. I think that’s what our families want — someone who understands their experiences and can bring people together to make progress in their day-to-day lives,” Ayala said.  

Ayala has already received the endorsement of several area lawmakers and leaders. Del. Danica Roem, D-13th, announced her endorsement of Ayala Tuesday, as did Prince William County NAACP President Cozy Bailey.  

“Our country and our commonwealth face so much division and divisiveness, and we need leaders who understand that and are actively working to address it,” Bailey said. “Hala is the bridge builder who can bring together our communities and bring about real, lasting, and meaningful change.” 

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zcxnissan

She is a radical Marxist paid for by outside groups. Virginia is going to get worse. Come back in 5 or 10 years you will see. Higher taxes. Poorer medical care. Higher crime. It's just fact.

InsideCommenter

What a smear, and that's rich coming from someone who has praised the KKK.

Omarndc72

My advice, let them build this place up. Prices will shoot way up then you can sell and move out of this liberal run mental institution.

weouchere

Obviously a libtard mouthpiece. Same day voter registration? What a farce. Virginia is going in the wrong direction - register ahead of time so you can be vetted and show up in person with valid id to vote. Otherwise fraud and corruption will come into play and come in fast. Libtards have already proven that.

InsideCommenter

Nonsensical, the vast majority of voter fraud cases have been by Republicans such as Steve Watkins in Kansas, that lady running for Loudoun County CA who was also a Republican, and Mark Harris in NC 09.

In fact the whole point of "voter fraud" is a hoax in order to prevent people who aren't old conservatives from voting. Trump's own voter fraud commission found no major sources of voter fraud whatsoever.

cultured2014

She brings nothing to the table outside of being a "poc" and having helped organize a womans march..yeah, right.

InsideCommenter

Wrong, she is a qualified member of the VA House of Delegates who is also a cyber-security expert.

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