July 22, 2021, Virginia — The board of Latino and immigrant electoral powerhouse CASA in Action has voted to endorse Hala Ayala for Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor. With two terms of proven progressive progress in the Virginia House of Delegates, Ayala will be the first Latina in history elected statewide not only in the Commonwealth but all its surrounding states.
“Hala Ayala has been a leader in shifting Virginia toward a more welcoming state for immigrants and working families; supporting issues like the right to drive and earning a living wage,” said Gustavo Torres, President of CASA in Action. “Having deeply invested in the transformation of Prince William County from the most activist rightwing jurisdiction to one represented by the most diverse and progressive elected officials in the state, our CASA in Action relationship with Hala starts at the beginning of her political career and continues to today. All of Virginia deserves to be represented by Ayala whose commitment to justice is unwavering and we look forward to playing a part in her election as lieutenant governor.”
Virginia’s off-year elections have outside influence on the national debate as the first major election after a new president has entered the White House. Republicans have invested nationally in lifting up controversial issues and the race for lieutenant governor, featuring a rightwing 2A Republican, will be no different.
“As the proud daughter of an immigrant, raised in a family that struggled to make ends meet, the fight for a more equitable, more just Virginia is a personal one. Raising my two children as a single mother, I know how thin the line can be between struggle and success – but I also know the good that our Commonwealth’s resources can do for Virginians like me,” said Del. Hala Ayala. “As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll fight to ensure that everyone, regardless of their race, income, or ZIP code, has the opportunity to thrive. I’m honored to receive the endorsement of CASA in Action, a tireless champion in the fight for immigrant rights, and I look forward to working with them to make every community’s voice heard.”
To support Hala, CASA in Action will mobilize thousands to knock on doors of low-propensity voters and voters of color, augmented by an organic and paid communications campaign.
After conducting an electoral program in Virginia, where CASA in Action made over 200,000 outreach attempts and mobilized nearly 15,000 Black and Latino voters, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris won the state and the presidency.