Candidate for State Delegate, Virginia's 51st District
- The daughter of an Salvadoran immigrant, Hala Ayala worked her way up from a service job with no health coverage to becoming a cybersecurity specialist with the Department of Homeland Security.
- She became politically involved as the founder and president of her local county chapter of the National Organization for Women and serves on the Governor McAuliffe’s Council on Women. After helping to organize Virginia for the Women’s March on Washington in January, Hala decided that she had to step up and make a bigger difference for her community and state by running for office herself.
- Hala is running for the Virginia House of Delegates in one of the top targeted districts, where Hillary Clinton won by seven percent in 2016. The off-year elections in Virginia are often seen as a bellwether for the upcoming congressional midterms and a win here would demonstrate the Democrats ability to win in 2018.
- Hala’s opponent, Republican Del. Rich Anderson was swept into office as the Tea Party wave began. During his tenure in state government, Anderson sided with oil companies and has been vocal in his opposition to Former President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.