Ayala, of Prince William, gets key endorsement from governor


Delegate Hala Ayala got the endorsement of multiple Democratic leaders in Virginia, including Gov. Ralph Northam.

Speaker of the House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) and House Majority Leader Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) joined the governor in endorsing Ayala in her run for Lt. Governor. She is currently serving her second two-year term representing the 52nd House District in Prince William County.

Ayala is in a crowded field of 12 candidates (six Democrats and six Republicans0 all vying to replace Justin Fairfax (D), who faced accusations of sexual assault in 2019 but did not resign.

Voters will head to the polls on June 8 for a Primary Election to choose a governor and lieutenant governor for both political parties.

Ayala will not run to keep her seat in the 52nd District. Democrat Brianna Sewell is running to replace her. Meanwhile, multiple Republicans, including Tim Cox, and Jeffery Dove, are running in the June 8 primary to be the GOP candidate to fill the seat in November.

Delegate Elizabeth Guzman (D-Prince William, Fauquier) last week dropped out of the race for lieutenant governor to focus on her reelection campaign for her delegate seat. When it comes to fundraising, Guzman is trailing front-runner Democrat Rod Hall, who has raked in the nearly $130,000.

Democrats Kara Pietek and Idris O’Connor round out the Democratic contenders in the 31st District race. Republican Ben Baldwin has already clinched the GOP nomination to run for the seat in November.

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