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Crashing the boys’ club: Women candidates find winning elections is only half the battle

Lisa Belkin Chief National Correspondent

Yahoo News

“For Tara Gaston, it was being repeatedly told “that’s not the way things have been done” on the Saratoga County, N.Y., board of supervisors, to which she had just been elected.

For Hala Ayala, it was watching her bill calling for pay parity get “killed before it could get anywhere near the floor” of the Virginia House of Delegates, which she joined as one of an influx of newcomers last year.

And for Deborah Gonzalez, it was taking her first meeting with the other candidate who had flipped a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives during a special election last fall and realizing that “he got a big office; I got a little office. He was given his first choice of committee requests; I didn’t get any of my committee requests. He was a white man; I was a Latina.”

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Delegate Hala Ayala Receives Virginia Chamber OF Commerce Endorsement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2018 CONTACT: Betsy Cramsey, 703-233-7248 DELEGATE HALA S. AYALA RECEIVES Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Free Enterprise Award” for Work to Improve Virginia’s Economic Competitiveness  RICHMOND, Va.—On May 15, 2018; Virginia Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the “Free Enterprise Award” which recognizes legislators for their support of pro-business policies… Read More

Va. Legislature to welcome a dozen new women

Author: Peggy Fox Published: 8:34 AM EST January 10, 2018   “The title wave of Democrats who won in Virginia’s November election take office tomorrow, and they include a dozen women.   And the biggest change for Virginia’s General Assembly is coming from Prince William County.  There are eight delegates who represent Prince William County. Half… Read More

Sisters Who SOAR: Hala Ayala, a Mom and Conscientious Advocate By Ramunda LarkYoung

This column is a series created by entrepreneur and community leader Ramunda Lark Young and is poised to connect you to extraordinary women of color in Prince William County who’ve surpassed obstacles and rose to great success. “I am thrilled to introduce my audience to Ms. Hala Ayala.  Hala worked for the government as a… Read More

In this year’s ‘pink wave,’ women are helping other women run for office -ABC News

Amid the sea of signs and rose-colored hats at the New Jersey Women’s March in Morristown, Mikie Sherrill, there with her daughter, is one of the latest women to throw her hat into the political ring. She’s a Democrat running for New Jersey’s 11th District Congressional seat. “Right now we are taking on a fight… Read More

Virginia House Democrats stand for workers’ rights

“Delegate Hala Ayala spoke on Delegate Krizek’s bill that would repeal the prohibition on state agencies from entering into Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) with multiple organizations working on the same project. Delegate Ayala stressed that “Project Labor Agreements are good for business and good for workers. PLAs create career paths for women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented populations.” Read more….

Washington Post – In a changing Virginia suburb, a slate of diverse Democrats hopes to show path back to power

Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Hala Ayala, a Democrat vying to represent Prince William County in the state legislature, heard the usual gripes when she approached Susan Frederick outside the voter’s tidy suburban townhouse: low teacher pay, congested commutes to federal jobs. Then their chat turned intense. Frederick, a 38-year-old naturalized citizen… Read More

The Guardian US – Year of the woman: the Democrats inspired by Trump to run for office

Lauren Gambino, The Guardian US Like so many women, she marched and now she’s running. Hala Ayala has been active in Democratic politics for more than a decade, but it wasn’t until after she helped organize a contingent of Virginia women of the Women’s March on Washington that she saw her name on the ballot.… Read More

ELLE.com – How Hala Ayala Is Running for the Virginia House of Delegates after Charlottesville

As told to Mattie Kahn, originally published on ELLE.com Hala Ayala is a candidate to represent the 51st District in the Virginia House of Delegates in the upcoming election. A single mom, Ayala decided to leave behind a 17-year career in cyber security to run for office. She’s the founder and current president of the… Read More

WUSA – Record number of women run for office in Virginia

Peggy Fox, WUSA Video found HERE WOODBRIDGE – It’s been six months after the largest national protest in United States history. The Women’s March made big promises. Now, in Virginia, it turns out lots of women are keeping those promises and running for office. During the primary, 51 women—a record number—ran for seats in Virginia’s… Read More