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Virginia House District 51

The Virginia General Assembly consists of two chambers. The House is the lower chamber and is composed of 100 Delegates. Delegates serve 2-year terms, represent over 80,000 Virginians, and receive a yearly salary of $17,740.

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  • Richard Anderson
    (Rep)

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    Hala Ayala
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you believe is the top legislative priority for your district, and what is your plan to address it?

What measures would you support to ensure the right to vote and election integrity?

Regarding fair redistricting, (1) Do you support the proposal for a Virginia Redistricting Commission and why? (2) If the Constitutional Amendment is adopted, what legislation would you support to implement the commission?

What solutions would you support to reduce the current level of gun violence in Virginia?

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education/Degrees Woodbridge Senior High School, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Associates of Arts and Sciences, Phoenix University
experience I worked my way up from a service job without health insurance to become a cybersecurity specialist, which I have been for nearly 17 years.
hometown Born in Alexandria, raised in Woodbridge
The cornerstone of my candidacy is affordable access to healthcare for all Virginians. It is a basic human right. However, President Trump and Richmond Republicans want to deny accessible healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Virginians. As Delegate, I will continue to fight for quality, affordable healthcare by, improving on the expansion of Medicaid, opposing President Trump’s Obamacare repeal and protecting all Virginians’ access to healthcare, including those with preexisting conditions.
Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. I support a Constitutional amendment to establish a constitutional right to vote and I support securing more funding for the Dept of Elections. Additionally, I support no-excuse absentee voting, same day voter registration, and the restoration of voting rights for ex-offenders who've served their time. Additionally, last session I supported a hybrid redistricting commission of both citizens and legislators that could weigh in.
Yes, I did support SJ 306, to create a hybrid commission of both citizens and legislators that could weigh in and have their voices contribute to the redistricting process. It is not a perfect solution to our state’s gerrymandering, but it is a good start. Additionally, I support establishing criteria that includes protections for communities of interest, including racial and language minorities and that prohibits political gerrymandering.
Having lost my father to gun violence, I'm determined to work across the aisle to pass common sense solutions, including keeping guns off of school campuses, expanding background checks, preventing criminally convicted domestic abusers and stalkers from legally purchasing and possessing firearms, and this past session I was chief co-patron of HB 4011, which would require a person to report the loss or theft of the firearm to any local law-enforcement agency or to State Police within 24 hours.