Hala Ayala

Hala Ayala 1

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Hala Ayala

Source: Campaign page

As a member of Prince William County community for over 35 years and elected as Delegate in 2017, Hala Ayala gives 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 would 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 served on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Council on Women.

Only 17 of Virginia’s 100 state delegates are women. Hala believes that the number should be higher to make sure that all voices are heard, in order to create a better future for all Virginians.

 

Experience

Work Experience

  • Cybersecurity specialist
    Department of Homeland Security
    2002 to present

    For over 17 years, Ayala 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.

Education

  • AS
    University of Phoenix
    2019 to present

Personal

Birth Year: 1973
Place of Birth: Alexandria, VA
Gender: Female
Race(s): African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Other
Religion: Christian
Children: Chedrick Proshe IV and Amber Pointer-Ayala

Membership & Affiliation: St. Georges Church
Prince William County NOW
Virginia NOW
Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William
Virginia Council on Women

Awards: USCG, Certificate of Performance (2003)
USCG, Outstanding Performance Letter (2003)
USCG, Performance Award (2003)
USCG, Certification & Accreditation Deepwater Support Performance Award (2003)
USCG, Meritorious Deepwater Team Commendation-Rear Admiral Hewitt (2005)
USCG, Meritorious Team Commendation Award (2005)
USCG, Recognition Memorandum CG-6-Rear Admiral Hewitt (2006)
USCG, Recognition of Service (2013)
Delores Hampton 11th Congressional District Grassroots Award (2016)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Betsy J. Cramsey, Session LA Marlene F. Paradee
Administrative Assistant During Session: Connie Mason

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1051

District Office
P.O. Box 7434
Woodbridge, VA 22195
Phone: (703) 232-7248

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Hala Ayala 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  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.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Hala Ayala (D)15,50854.58%
Richard Lee Anderson (R)12,88245.34%
Write In (Write-in)240.08%
TOTAL28,414

Finances

AYALA, HALA S has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $758,438.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Finance

Subcommittees

Finance – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

House Finance
House Science & Technology

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Civil Rights

STANDING UP FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES

  • 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.

Education

Strengthening our schools for future generations

  • 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

Health Care

NOT A CHOICE, BUT A RIGHT

  • 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.

Hala’s son 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 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.

Infrastructure

GETTING VIRGINIANS WHERE THEY NEED TO BE

  • 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.

News

In the News

Del. Hala Ayala re-elected in 51st District House seat
Prince William Times – November 5, 2019

Del. Hala Ayala, D-51st, has been re-elected, beating former GOP Del. Richard Anderson.

With 86.36% percent of the vote reported, Ayala garnered 52.82 percent of the vote compared with Anderson’s 47.18 percent, according to unofficial election results.

Ayala and Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-31st, were the first Latinas ever elected to the Virginia General Assembly and two of 10 new Democratic women elected in a 2017 wave year for Democrats.

Corey Stewart’s county no more: Virginia county aims to become liberal model
By: Antonio Olivo
The Washington Post – November 15, 2019

With a new Democratic majority, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors will shift its priorities next year by revisiting a cooperation agreement with federal immigration authorities and approaching funding for schools, transportation and other services through a lens of social and racial equity.

Their [voter] enthusiasm helped Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), the nation’s first openly transgender state lawmaker, easily win a second term. Fellow freshmen Dels. Hala Ayala (D-Prince William), Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Prince William) and Elizabeth Guzman (D-Prince William) — all women of color — also were reelected, reflecting the changing demographics of a county that was overwhelmingly white 30 years ago — and since then has nearly doubled in size.

100 years after women earned right to vote, will Virginia legislators pass Equal Rights Amendment?
By: Capital News Service
WTKR – December 11, 2019

Del. Hala Ayala, D-Prince William, one of two Latinas elected to the General Assembly in 2017, said in a recent interview with Capital News Service that she doesn’t understand why some members of the Republican party would “argue the moral obligation that we have to not only look towards our constituents, who overwhelmingly supported this, but also women, who wanted their voices to be heard.”

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Candidate Hala Ayala
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Published on June 22, 2017
By: Network NoVA

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