By ALEX KOMA, Inside NOVA
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
By CHRIS HURST AND HALA AYALA, Published in the Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 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
By JACK MOORE, WTOP
In addition to the high-profile race for governor and other statewide races, Virginia voters will be asked to weigh in on a flurry of competitive races farther down the ballot: House of Delegate seats are also up for grabs Tuesday. This election features more competitive House races than at any time in the past two decades, and analysts say the usually local, low-key races are shaping up to be an early barometer of the national political climate nearly a year into Donald Trump’s presidency.
VaNews November 4, 2017
By TRIP GABRIEL, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)
The voting for Virginia governor on Tuesday, traditionally a referendum on the party in the White House one year into a new administration, is the big political show of 2017. But the real weather vane for the country may be many rungs down the ballot in obscure races for the House of Delegates.
VaNews November 3, 2017
By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF
Companies that offer high-interest loans are fighting back against efforts to reform their industry, and part of that effort involves writing checks to political campaigns.
VaNews November 1, 2017
By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press
On Election Day last year, Julie Copeland, who leads a training program for Democratic women who want to run for office in Virginia, began to worry she might soon be out of a job. “I was so thrilled to find out I was completely wrong,” Copeland said
VaNews October 31, 2017
By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)
Democratic state House candidate Hala Ayala said she was shocked recently to see what her opponent said about her in campaign mailers. The mailers read: “Hala Ayala: Restore rights to felons: thugs, violent criminals, gang members, and child predators.”
VaNews October 20, 2017
By KATHY STEWART, WTOP
The Veterans Treatment Court, a drug and mental health court that helps veterans stay out of jail, will expand to Prince William County, Virginia, next month. The veterans courts will start on Nov. 1, according to Virginia Del. Rich Anderson, who is from Prince William County.
VaNews October 16, 2017
By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette
Six candidates for Prince William-area seats in the House of Delegates clashed over a whole host of issues in a Dale City forum on Oct. 6, but they could all agree on one point: Lawmakers in Richmond need to get to work on reforming the state’s criminal justice system.
VaNews October 10, 2017
By ALEX KOMA, Inside NOVA
All but one of the six Democrats running in contested House of Delegates races in Prince William County managed to out-raise their Republican opponents over the last two months, as local Democrats continue to record massive fundraising hauls ahead of the November elections. From July 1 to Aug. 31, county Democrats in Districts 2, 13, 31, 40, 50 and 51 combined to raise nearly $772,000, according to data compiled by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project. Their GOP opponents, including five incumbent delegates, managed about $407,000 over the same time period.
VaNews September 19, 2017