Virginia’s choice for lieutenant governor could impact marijuana, abortion, gun control

Virginia’s choice for lieutenant governor could impact marijuana, abortion, gun control

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)- History will be made no matter who Virginians choose for their next lieutenant governor this election season. Both candidates have a shot at becoming the first woman of color elected to statewide office. But who voters choose could have a major impact on whether policies related to abortion, guns, marijuana, policing and the minimum wage live or die. Democratic nominee Del. Hala Ayala, a cybersecurity professional who identifies as Afro-Latina, Lebanese and Irish, was first elected to the legislature from Prince William County in 2017. Republican Winsome E. Sears, a Jamaica-born ex-Marine and small business owner, is a former delegate from Norfolk. The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate and casts deciding votes in the event of an even split. The current Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has cast more than 50 tie-breaking votes since 2018. On gun control, Fairfax paved the way for Virginia’s new red flag law. It allows for a person’s firearm to be temporarily seized following a court order if they’re deemed a threat to themselves or others. Looking ahead, the chamber could see close votes on banning ghost guns and the new sale of assault weapons. Ayala supports both policies. Sears opposes them. “Why don’t we enforce the laws instead of adding new infringements on our Second Amendment,” Sears said. “Weapons of war don’t belong in our neighborhoods,” said Ayala, whose father was a victim of gun violence. “We need to ban ghost guns and other undetectable firearms.” Earlier this year, […]

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