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Candidates in Virginia’s Historic Race for Lt. Governor Speak on Education, Abortion, COVID – NBC4 Washington

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History can be made in every week irrespective of the results of the race for Virginia’s lieutenant governor. Two girls — each girls of of colour — are competing to be the one that presides over the Virginia Senate, and the one that casts the tie-breaking vote.

Democrat Hala Ayala and Republican Winsome Sears instructed News4 they every have a unique take on presumably changing into “the first.”

“When we discuss making historical past and electing a girl of colour we should elect the fitting lady of colour to this seat. It is so essential,” Ayala stated.

“The solely factor I might need for this historical past factor is for kids to see me and say, ‘Oh, Winsome is there. If Winsome can do it, I can do it,” Sears stated.

Sears, born in Jamaica, turned a Marine. Two many years in the past, an upset victory gained her a General Assembly seat for one time period. She later served on the State Board of Education.

This marketing campaign poster serving to to gas her newest run for workplace. Her motivation: the necessity to enhance Virginia’s public schooling system.

“Eighty-four % of black kids can not do math by the point they’re in the eighth grade,” Sears stated. “Without the youngsters having a great schooling, they don’t have any future. There are not any doorways open to them.”

Ayala — who identifies as Afro-Latina, Lebanese and Irish — says her involvement as a college PTO president to advocate for her son with autism propelled her towards activism.

She was first elected in 2017 to signify a Prince William County district, a part of
the wave of ladies ushered in that 12 months.

Ayala stated she’s working for Lt. Governor to proceed to push for what she calls “democratic successes.”

“I wish to be the final lady in the room with the Governor. I wish to discuss these points … paid household medical go away, we’re speaking about Medicaid enlargement, instructor pay raises,” Ayala stated.

The situation of abortion is a pointy distinction between the ladies.

“I can be a firewall for girls and households and people and their reproductive well being care,” Ayala stated.

Sears declined to say whether or not she’d push for new abortion restrictions, however recommended the process ought to hardly ever be permitted.

“I’m saying to you for the life and the well being of the mom, rape and incest,” Sears stated.

COVID-19 vaccination standing is one other space in which the candidates differ. Ayala makes positive voters know she’s vaccinated.

“We are working for the second-highest workplace in the commonwealth and it’s incumbent on us to steer by instance,” she stated.

Sears stated she needs individuals to get vaccinated, however refuses to say whether or not she’s gotten the shot.

“I’m main by instance in saying I’m additionally representing individuals who wish to guarantee their privateness since you don’t need the federal government in your corporation,” she stated.