“I’ve lived the struggle our families are facing and I’m ready to fight for all of us in Washington. Together, we can take the bold action needed to move our community forward.”

Aramis Ayala is a civil rights advocate, cancer survivor, and former Florida State Attorney who has dedicated her life to the pursuit of justice. Growing up just outside of Flint in Saginaw, Michigan, Aramis saw the injustices and challenges facing working-class families struggling to make ends meet. Her father, a Vietnam veteran and UAW factory worker, and late mother stressed the importance of hard work, faith, and service to others from a young age.

“As a teenager, I worked a fast-food job for spending money. When my paycheck was stolen, my dad asked me to think about how I’d feel if that was all I had to pay the rent or to buy food for my family. I learned that it’s not enough to care, that I have a duty to fight for what’s right.”

Those early experiences shaped her journey to become an advocate, an anything but linear path. In her second year of law school, Aramis lay on her deathbed due to aggressive lymphoma as doctors told her she had less than 24 hours to live. She underwent an emergency tracheotomy, over a year of chemotherapy and steroid treatments, and eventual avascular necrosis that led to bilateral hip replacement. While these challenges delayed her graduation and bar admittance, Aramis overcame them with the same grace and humility that guided her own family.

Aramis served as a public defender and Assistant State Attorney for nearly 15 years before courageously leading as State Attorney of Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit from 2017-2021. The first Black state attorney in Florida history, Aramis fearlessly took on the status quo to build safer, healthier communities, creating innovative pre-trial diversion programs, new police accountability and oversight reforms, and initiatives to support victims of domestic violence. Aramis went head-to-head with the then-governor over the death penalty, noting accountability and a responsibility to carry out justice equitably as key factors.

“After a decade of listening to members of the communities I serve, my eyes are wide open to injustices that affect everything from the healthcare their mothers received before they were born to the level of safety they feel in their own homes every night.”

An educator and mother of two, Aramis brings the forward-focused vision needed to restore public trust and create a fairer, more just future for all of us. Now she is running for Congress because this moment calls for bold action and principled leadership.

“We have a historic opportunity to build a more just and compassionate nation. Our leaders must be accountable to us, and we must be accountable to each other. I pledge to be accountable to you, and I will work tirelessly to move us forward together.”

— Aramis Ayala