Ghazala Hashmi, PhD

“I realized I had a choice. I could remain unheard, unseen, and unrepresented; or, I could speak out, be visible, and dare to claim for myself and other marginalized communities the right to full participation in our democracy.”

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Meet Ghazala

Ghazala moved to the U.S. as a young girl with her family, over fifty years ago. She was raised in a small town in Georgia and saw firsthand how community-building and open dialogue can bridge cultural and socioeconomic divisions, uniting people from all walks of life. Ghazala earned a BA in English from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in American literature from Emory University.

Ghazala and her husband Azhar moved to the Richmond area in 1991, and Ghazala has spent the past 30 years as a leading educator in Virginia’s college and university system. She served both as a professor of English and as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College. She and Azhar have two daughters who were born and raised in Midlothian and educated in Chesterfield County public schools.

Ghazala’s approach to public service is guided by the principles of integrity, social justice and ethics in government. She is dedicated to making government work for all citizens. Ghazala is the first Muslim-American to serve in the Virginia State Senate. 

Ghazala’s Path to Victory

District 10 has been trending more Democratic in recent elections: the GOP incumbent won by only a slight margin in 2015, and Clinton and Northam each won by more than 10 points in 2016. District 10 is ready for a progressive leader in the State Senate who truly understands its priorities, its diversity and its potential. Ghazala has meaningful plans to improve public education, implement common sense gun safety reforms, and protect access to healthcare. She is ready to fight — every day! — to give back to her home district and make government work for its residents.