Since November, we’ve been forced to fight Trump on his turf and terms. From special elections in gerrymandered districts to protesting the threats that he has imposed on our basic freedoms and rights, we’ve been kept busy playing defense. To build power, we need to win in the voting booths, and the good news is we don’t have to wait until 2018 to get started. This year, Virginia is one of only two states holding statewide elections, and the outcome could be a precursor for what’s to come in next years mid-terms.
We all know that women have been leading the resistance, and now, an unprecedented number of women are building local power and are actively working to flip the State of Virginia from red to blue. A total of 51 Democratic women competed in this year’s primaries, a record and up from 26 women who filed in 2015. Democrats need 17 seats to take control of the legislature, and 10 of the Democratic challengers in those races are women, many of whom would make history if they win. They include:
- Elizabeth Guzman who emigrated from Peru as a single mom looking for a better future for her oldest daughter;
- Kathy Tran who fled Vietnam with her parents as boat refugees when she was just seven months old;
- Danica Roem, the first transgender person to run for the Virginia General Assembly;
- Jennifer Carroll Foy a public defender and foster parent, and one of the first women of color to graduate from Virginia Military Institute.
Today we are going to focus on Hala Ayala. As a single mother of two, who worked her way up through the service industry to a cybersecurity role with homeland security, Hala understands how Trump’s policies on equal pay for equal work and healthcare make it harder for people like her to get ahead. She was one of the key organizers of the Women’s March, and now is answering the call to take the ideals we marched for and turn them into policies that will better the lives of Virginians. All-of-us must join her team and help Hala charge for the win.
- We’re partnering with Mobilize America to drive support for Hala’s campaign. If you live nearby you can sign up to knock on doors, or you can sign up to make calls or host a phone bank from anywhere in the country.