Incumbent Delegate Elizabeth Guzman is an activist, public administrator, and social worker from Peru. In 2017, she was elected as the first Hispanic female immigrant to join the General Assembly. She was invited by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give the 2018 Spanish language response to Trump’s State of the Union address. Del. Guzman currently serves on President Joe Biden’s National Latino Leadership Council. She lives with her husband, four children, and mother in Dale City.
A proud union member, Guzman is dedicated to supporting the rights of workers. She sponsored legislation to end Virginia’s ban on public sector collective bargaining and was chief co-patron of the bill to raise the minimum wage. She has also advocated for paid sick days, sponsoring a bill on the issue every year since taking office. In 2021, she sponsored legislation to require paid sick leave to home healthcare workers. She also supports the repeal of Virginia’s right-to-work law, which greatly undermines the power of unions.
As an immigrant, Del. Guzman is a strong supporter of immigrant rights. She first got involved in politics in 2006 to end Prince William County’s partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She has worked to expand driving privileges to undocumented immigrants so that they can get to work, school, and worship safely and voted to grant in-state tuition to undocumented students. She also advocated for legislation to pay farmworkers a minimum wage and has prioritized outreach to Spanish-speaking communities in the district.
Del. Guzman has worked hard to improve and fund the 31st District’s public school system. She currently serves as vice-chair of the House of Delegates Education Committee. She voted to increase teacher pay and increase the number of counselors in schools. She was named 2020’s “Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia Education Association and the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers. As a social worker, she saw firsthand the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline on Black and Brown students. She sponsored legislation to raise the age at which juveniles can be tried as adults from 14 to 16.
Del. Guzman also understands the urgency of the climate crisis and introduced a resolution declaring climate change an emergency. A co-sponsor of the Green New Deal Virginia, she wants to transition to 100% clean energy and boost the economy by creating a workforce trained in green jobs. She has voted for bills to regulate toxins in water and to require localities to incorporate environmentally sustainable public transit in their city planning. She previously received an A+ rating from the Sierra Club for her dedication to environmental causes.
Del. Guzman is facing a challenge from Ben Baldwin (R), a retired Marine and financial advisor from Prince William County. Baldwin opposes the right of workers to form unions and believes that Virginia should remain a right-to-work state. He also opposes efforts to hold police accountable for violence they inflict on communities.
Due to her advocacy for working families and immigrants, the environment, and public education, Delegate Guzman is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 31st District.Last updated: 2021-09-15Incumbent Delegate Elizabeth Guzman is an activist, public administrator, and social worker from Peru. In 2017, she was elected as the first Hispanic female immigrant to join the General Assembly.Incumbent Delegate Elizabeth Guzman is an activist, public administrator, and social worker from Peru. In 2017, she was elected as the first Hispanic female immigrant to join the General Assembly.
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