Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Mission Statement: N/A
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1051
P.O. Box 7434
Woodbridge, VA 22195
Phone: (703) 232-7248
Legislative Assistant: Betsy J. Cramsey, Session LA Marlene F. Paradee
Administrative Assistant During Session: Connie Mason
Email Links: DelHAyala@house.virginia.gov
From Campaign Website
As a member of Prince William County community for over 35 years, Hala Ayala is running to give a new, needed voice for the 51st House District of Virginia.
AN ADVOCATE FOR WORKING FAMILIES
Hala has personally experienced the challenges of single motherhood and lack of access to affordable health insurance. She understands the concerns of working families today. She has fought for raising the minimum wage, equal pay and affordable access to health care as the founder and former president of the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).
A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT
Hala worked her way up from a service job without health insurance to become a cybersecurity specialist with the Department of Homeland Security. For over 17 years, she worked to protect our nation’s information systems, enforce security measures, and prevent attacks by safeguarding computers, networks and data from criminal intrusion and security breaches. She’s ready to use that same determination and work ethic to ensure that Prince William County families can flourish.
A CHAMPION FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN VIRGINIA
Hala helped organize Virginia for the Women’s March on Washington in January. She helped organize buses to transport people to DC and raised money to help with the expenses for those who may not otherwise be able to participate. As former president of the Prince William County chapter of NOW, she fought for equal pay for equal work so that women get paid equally for the same work. Hala also currently serves on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Council on Women.
Only 17 of Virginia’s 100 state delegates are women. Hala believes that that number should be higher to make sure that all voices are heard, in order to create a better future for all Virginians.
Birth Year: 1973
Place of Birth: Alexandria, VA
Race(s): African American, Caucaasian, Hispanic, Other
Children: Chedrick Proshe IV and Amber Pointer-Ayala
Membership & Affiliation:
St. Georges Church
Prince William County NOW
Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William
Virginia Council on Women
NOVA Community College (1992-93)
University of Phoenix (A.S., 2013)
She formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a cybersecurity specialist. Ayala also formerly led the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women, serving as chapter president in 2014. She also served on the Virginia Council on Women as an appointee of Governor Terry McAuliffe for a term expiring on June 30, 2016.
Ayala cites the documentary Miss Representation as inspiration for her to become involved in politics, and was a volunteer for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012. In 2017, Ayala was an organizer of the Women’s March against Donald Trump.
Ayala ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2017 elections for the 51st district, which covers much of Prince William County. The district specifically stretches “from just northwest of Occoquan, in eastern Prince William, to Nokesville on the county’s western border.” District 51 was a key pickup target for Virginia Democrats because it was one of 17 House of Delegates districts that voted for Hillary Clinton in the preceding year’s presidential election, but was held by a Republican state house delegate. In June 2017, Ayala won the Democratic nomination for the 51st district of the Virginia House of Delegates, defeating Ken Boddye in the primary election. In the general election, Ayala defeated four-term Republican incumbent Richard L. Anderson. Ayala, Kelly Fowler and Elizabeth Guzman became the first Hispanic women elected to the House. The victories were part of a Democratic sweep in the 2017 Virginia elections, which saw major gains for the party.
Science and Technology
Finance – Subcommittee #2
House Science & Technology
From Campaign website
HEALTHCARE – NOT A CHOICE, BUT A RIGHT
Hala believes that all Virginians deserve access to affordable, quality healthcare.
When Hala’s son was born, he was born with complications that required urgent medical attention. Her job, at the time, offered no health insurance. Thankfully, she qualified for Medicaid and her son was able to get the help he needed. Hala wants that affordable access to healthcare for all Virginians.
However, President Trump and Richmond Republicans want to deny accessible healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Virginians. As Delegate, Hala will fight for quality, affordable healthcare by:
- Expanding Medicaid in Virginia to more than 400,000 people, including more than 12,000 people in Prince William County
- Opposing President Trump’s Obamacare repeal and protecting all Virginians’ access to healthcare, including those with preexisting conditions
- Fighting extremist politicians in Richmond to protect Planned Parenthood funding and access to lifesaving preventive care.
EDUCATION – STRENGTHENING OUR SCHOOL FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Hala believes that schools are the building blocks to success for Virginia’s future.
Hala is former PTO president and grew up attending Prince William public schools. She graduated from Woodbridge High, where her kids also attended.
As Delegate, she will strengthen our schools and help our teachers and administrators to ensure our children are getting the best education possible. Her priorities include:
- Expanding Pre-K
- Reducing overcrowding in classrooms and in schools
- Investing more in school infrastructure and construction
- Retaining and recruiting the best teachers
- Helping our schools be safe places, free from discrimination and bullying
- Working to keep the costs of Virginia’s great colleges and universities affordable
- Making sure our local community colleges and vocational programs have the resources to educate Virginia’s young people
TRANSPORTATION – GETTING VIRGINIANS WHERE THEY NEED TO BE
Hala believes that Prince William County workers should get home sooner rather than later to their families.
Despite Metro’s problems of late, the Prince William County community is losing out on business and federal contracts to our neighboring counties because of metro-accessibility. As a commuter herself, she is eager for ways to lessen drive time and allow Prince William residents to spend more time with their families, rather than being stuck on the road. Public transportation has steadily become a necessity, and there is a serious impetus to figure out if it can work for our community.
As Delegate, she will fight for:
- Investing in the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) so commuters will have viable alternative transportation options.
- Supporting legislation to study the prospect of extending Metro lines into Prince William County.
- Incentivizing carpooling and public transportation usage to become reliable options for those residents who choose not to have a car.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS – STANDING UP FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES
Hala marched for our rights in Washington and will stand up for our rights in Richmond.
Endorsed by EMILY’s List, Hala is a passionate advocate for women and families. As a single, working mother, she knows the challenges families face every day. Hala helped organize Virginia for the Women’s March and founded the Prince William chapter of the National Organization for Women.
As a member of Governor McAuliffe’s Council on Women, Hala has been a strong voice for women’s issues and Virginia families. As Delegate, she will:
- Fight for women’s health care to make sure access to birth control is available.
- Protect Planned Parenthood and defending a woman’s ability to make her own health decisions.
- Champion policies that help working families like paid family leave, paid sick leave and increasing the minimum wage.
- Stand up for equal pay for equal work, so women who work the same job as men can earn the same living.
June 22, 2017