Hala Ayala

Virginia House of Delegates District 51

2017 Race Update: Hala won 52.98% to 46.84%

As the founder of the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Hala helped organize Virginia for the Women’s March on Washington a day after Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“I woke up the day after the election and just felt depressed,” said Hala. “But then I went to the Women’s March, and the experience of marching with those other women energized me and inspired me. I left the March feeling that I needed to do more.”

Hala, a single mother of two, is of Lebanese and Salvadoran descent. She worked her way up from a service job at a local gas station to become a cyber security specialist with the Department of Homeland Security. For over 17 years, she worked to protect American information systems, enforce security measures, and prevent attacks by safeguarding computers, networks, and data from criminal intrusion and security breaches.

Hala first got involved in her community by joining the local PTO and the county chapter of the Literacy Volunteers of America. She is a super volunteer with local campaigns and serves on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Council on Women.

Hala is a strong proponent of Medicaid expansion. For her, the issue is personal. Her son was born with complications that required urgent medical attention. She qualified for Medicaid, and her son was able to get the treatment he needed. Hala believes that all Virginians deserve access to affordable, quality health care, and she’ll fight for Medicaid expansion that will allow more than 400,000 Virginians, including more than 12,000 people in Prince William County, to have access to health care.

Hala will be an advocate for working families and women. She understands the concerns of working families today. She has fought for raising the minimum wage and equal pay through her work with NOW, and she’ll take that fight to Richmond. She’ll also fight for women’s health care to make sure access to birth control is available, protect Planned Parenthood and defend a woman’s ability to make her own health decisions, and champion policies that help working families like paid family leave and paid sick leave.

Hala will be an advocate for public schools, supporting retaining and recruiting the best teachers, expanding Pre-K, working to keep the costs of Virginia’s great colleges and universities affordable, and making sure Virginia’s local community colleges and vocational programs have the resources to educate Virginia’s young people. Hala will also be an advocate for better transit options for Prince William County residents, to get people where they need to be in less time.

“I’m running to represent the 51st District because I don’t think our voices are being heard in Richmond. I’m passionate about the families in our community and I want them to be represented equally and fairly,” said Hala.