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Virginia lawmaker calls for study into blockchain-backed state elections

By MIKE MCSWEENEY, Yahoo Finance

A lawmaker in Virginia has submitted a resolution that calls on the state government to study the use of blockchain in elections. The bill, pre-filed just before the end of the year by State Delegate Hala S. Ayala, calls for the state's Department of Education to "study the use of blockchain technology to protect voter records and election results."

VaNews January 8, 2020

Ayala, Guzman win re-election as 'blue wave' continues

Inside NOVA

Virginia’s first two Latinas in the state legislature will be heading back together after each won re-election Tuesday.

VaNews November 6, 2019

51st rematch all about constituent service


In the 51st District race two years ago, Democrat Hala Ayala defeated four-term incumbent Republican Rich Anderson by 1,768 votes, 53% to 47%. Voters will see the same two names on the ballot Nov. 5 in one of the few rematches statewide.

VaNews November 2, 2019

Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar campaigns for Del. Hala Ayala in mid-county area

By JILL PALERMO, Prince William Times

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar became the third 2020 presidential candidate to visit Prince William County Sunday when she rallied a group of about 50 Democratic candidates and supporters during an afternoon canvass launch in the mid-county area.

VaNews October 28, 2019

Guns, minimum wage, right-to-work law at issue in delegate forum

By DANIEL BERTI, Prince William Times

Candidates running for state delegate in the 31st and 51st districts faced off on gun reform, increasing the minimum wage and Virginia’s right-to-work laws during a recent forum at Dar Al-Noor mosque.

VaNews October 16, 2019

Va. Republicans target freshman Democrats in hopes of keeping House majority

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

An intensifying front in the battle for control of Virginia’s General Assembly lies in several exurban House districts held by first-term Democrats whom Republicans consider vulnerable. With the Nov. 5 elections approaching, state GOP leaders are working to defeat four Northern Virginia delegates: Wendy Gooditis (Clarke), Hala S. Ayala (Prince William), Lee J. Carter (Manassas) and Elizabeth R. Guzman (Prince William).

VaNews October 7, 2019

Cory Booker campaigns for Del. Hala Ayala in 51st District

By EMILY SIDES, Prince William Times

Sen. Cory Booker, one of more than a dozen candidates in the crowded 2020 presidential primary, talked Saturday about the importance of getting involved with elections at the largest canvass event for Del. Hala Ayala.

VaNews September 30, 2019

Former delegate Rich Anderson announces bid for Virginia’s 51st District

By JILL PALERMO, Prince William Times

Rich Anderson, a four-term Republican Virginia delegate who lost his seat in 2017 to Del. Hala Ayala, a Democrat, has announced he’ll run again this November. Anderson, 63, is the husband of Prince William County Supervisor Ruth Anderson, R-Occoquan.

VaNews March 1, 2019

Delegate elections smashed fundraising records in Prince William


Prince William recorded the most expensive races for the House of Delegates in the county’s history in 2017, with candidates in each of the six contested races for the General Assembly’s lower chamber smashing records for previous fundraising efforts in those districts.

VaNews January 29, 2018

Hurst and Ayala: Why I support America’s Goals

By CHRIS HURST AND HALA AYALA, published in Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Politics should be about making a difference in people’s lives. Instead, it seems like politicians are deadlocked, squabbling and being influenced by special interests. We decided to run for the Virginia House of Delegates because we believe things can be different. Here in Virginia, we can and must change how we govern: by putting people first, rising above the ugly partisan battles and standing independent of special interest influence.

Hurst was elected Nov. 7 to represent District 12 in the New River Valley in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Ayala to represent District 51 in Northern Virginia.

VaNews November 28, 2017