WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, The Collective PAC, the nation’s largest political action committee dedicated to increasing Black political engagement, representation and power across all levels of government, endorsed Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor. If elected in November, Ayala will become the Commonwealth’s first woman and first Afro-Latina Lieutenant Governor. Founders of The Collective PAC, Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, released the following statement:
“The Collective PAC is proud to endorse Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, Delegate Ayala has delivered on her campaign promises by working to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, expand Medicaid and raise teacher salaries across the Commonwealth. If elected in November, Delegate Ayala will become the first woman and first Afro-Latina to hold this position in the Commonwealth. We are excited to support Delegate Ayala on her mission to improve the lives of all Virginians and look forward to helping her win on Election Day.”
Hala Ayala is a single mother and lifelong Virginian who went from working at a gas station for minimum wage to a successful career as a cybersecurity specialist for the Department of Homeland Security. In 2017, Delegate Ayala beat a four-term Republican incumbent and made history as the first Afro-Latina to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly. The daughter of an immigrant raised in a family that struggled to make ends meet, Delegate Ayala has a deep understanding of the Commonwealth’s history, challenges, opportunities and as the Lieutenant Governor, will continue to push for progress that benefits all Virginians.
ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE PAC
The Collective PAC is working to create an America where Black people are equally represented at every level of government. The Collective PAC is strategically focused on creating a truly equitable democracy where our nation’s local, state and federal governments have diverse and talented elected leadership and Black people are fully represented in positions of power to create the policies necessary to progress our communities forward.