Everytown for Gun Safety and the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor announced Tuesday that they are executing an ad campaign of at least $200,000 across Virginia. The ad features Ayala’s personal story about how her father was shot and killed when she was two years old.
“I was two years old when my father was murdered, so taking on gun violence is personal to me, just like it is for far too many families,” Ayala says in the ad. In Richmond, I expanded background checks and kept guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Because no one should ever face this devastating crisis.“
Ayala is running against the Republican nominee, Winsome Sears. Ayala has supported gun control legislation that has passed during the last two years in Virginia.
Sears displayed a large photo of her with an AR-15 outside of polling locations during the Republican convention.
“When it comes to gun safety, the choice for Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor couldn’t be clearer: Hala Ayala, who helped pass landmark gun safety laws, or Winsome Sears, who uses an assault rifle as a PR prop,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.
The ad will be on TV, digital, and radio throughout Virginia according to the announcement from the Ayala campaign.
Watch it below:
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