Sunday, October 31, 2021

Two Women Could Become First Female Lt-Gov. In VA History

Hala Ayala and Winsome Sears are running to become Virginia's Next Lieutenant Governor. The Election of either Candidate would be Historic, a Woman has never Served in this Role.

Ayala carved out a Career as a Cybersecurity Specialist, while Sears is a Businesswoman.

For months, Virginia Voters have watched former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Glenn Youngkin (R) slug it out, in the State's highly-competitive Gubernatorial Election.

But there's also a Race just as fascinating on the same Ballot.

State Del. Hala Ayala (D), and former State Del. Winsome Sears (R) are the Nominees for their Parties in the Lieutenant Governor's Race, that is separate from the Governor's Race.

The Election of either Woman would represent a huge Milestone in the Commonwealth, whoever is Elected, and will be the First Woman of Color Elected to Statewide Office.

Ayala, a Longtime Federal Cybersecurity Specialist who identifies as Afro-Latina, Lebanese, and Irish, first Ran for Office in 2017. She was Elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, alongside a wave of Democrats who were concerned about the Conservative bent of the Legislature and the Direction of the Country under Trump.

Sears, a Businesswoman and Marine Corps Veteran, is seeking a return to Politics, having served One Term in the House of Delegates, from 2002 to 2004, and running Unsuccessfully for a US House Seat in 2004.

While Ayala has allied herself with her Democratic Ticketmates, including former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and Two-Term State Attorney, General Mark Herring, Sears has Campaigned extensively with her Ticket, which features Gubernatorial Nominee Glenn Youngkin (R) and State Del. Jason Miyares (R), the Nominee for State Attorney General.

If elected, Ayala hopes to work with Legislators to Expand access to Health Care, enact Climate Change Initiatives, and Increase Funding for Apprenticeship and Internship Programs, among other Proposals.

Sears would like to focus on the Economy, mplementing a Small-Business Tax Holiday, Cutting what she sees as Burdensome Regulations by 25%, and Eliminating the State's Grocery Tax.

The Close nature of the Gubernatorial Election has also trickled down to the Lieutenant Governor's Race. In the latest Washington Post-Schar School Poll, Ayala led Sears by a 50%-46% Margin among likely Voters, the Survey had a Margin of Error of 4%.

Whoever wins the Race will have a highly Consequential Role presiding over the State Senate, which is composed of 21 Democrats, 18 Republicans, and 1 Conservative-leaning Independent.

After Regaining Full Control of State Government, for the First Time in a Generation, after the 2019 Midterm Elections, Democrats are angling to continue Wielding the Gavel in the Upper Chamber.

Meanwhile, Republicans, who haven't won a Statewide Race, in Virginia since 2009, are hoping that their Losing Streak will End on Nov. 2nd.

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