In 2017, Sister District helped Elizabeth get elected and become the first Hispanic female immigrant to join the 400 year old Virginia General Assembly. She now proudly represents Virginia’s 31st House District that covers Fauquier and Prince William County. We need to help her win again in 2019 so that we can finish the job and flip Virginia blue.
Elizabeth Guzman is a public administrator and social worker who, with her husband Carlos, has four children. She also works as a Court Appointed Service Advocate to prevent child abuse, a PTO representative for her son’s elementary school, and a “cookie mom” for her youngest daughter’s Girl Scout troop.
Elizabeth came to the United States from Peru as a single mom, looking for a better future with her oldest daughter. She remembers working three jobs to afford a one-bedroom apartment for her and her daughter. Despite the fact that she graduated with honors from high school in Peru, Elizabeth’s parents could not afford to send her to college. Elizabeth enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College and obtained her degree in Office Administration and Management. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Public Safety, a Master’s in Public Administration, and a Master’s in Social Work.
Elizabeth has lived in Prince William County for more than 15 years. She fell in love with the area because of all the opportunity it offered to her as a community leader and homeowner.
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As a mother of four, two of whom face mental health challenges, Elizabeth understands the struggle parents face to ensure their children receive a quality education. She will work to expand funding and opportunities for early childhood education, restore funds to public schools, and work on innovative solutions for challenges such as growing class sizes, teacher turnover rates, and teacher pay. She also wants to increase the number of counselors and licensed social workers in schools.
Elizabeth strongly supports healthcare for all and will push the General Assembly to accept funding for the Medicaid expansion initiative to offer critical services to Virginians who are uninsured or underinsured.
Elizabeth believes that no hard-working Virginian should struggle with putting food on the table for their family due to low wages or lack of economic opportunity. She will fight to raise the minimum wage and promote economic development opportunities, which includes bringing quality jobs to the district and advocating for better transportation options for commuters.
Protecting the Environment And Preserving Farmland
One of Elizabeth’s top priorities will be to protect Virginia’s landmarks, natural spaces, and farmland areas. Her grandparents were farmers and she has strong insight on the importance of protecting area farmland and supporting small family farms.
Driver’s Licenses For Immigrants
Elizabeth supports legislation that will issue driver’s licenses for all Virginia residents, regardless of immigration status. This will not only raise revenue, it will make roads safer and make all Virginians feel welcome in their communities. Veterans There are more than 1 million veterans currently facing homelessness. Elizabeth will push to create programs to fund existing efforts to help these veterans who performed a great service to our country.
Elizabeth believes that women should be presented with choices, and she will fight for reproductive freedom.
In just four years, Democrats have seen an impressive and almost unprecedented swing to majority, with more than 20 seats gained over two election cycles. With gains so recent, Republicans are eager to take advantage of this dynamic, where characteristically moderate “bellwether” districts ebb and flow to give way to national political trends, waiting for the pendulum to swing back in their favor. The 2021 House of Delegates elections are sure to be a test of Democrats’ ability to hold Trump Era gains in a post-Trump climate.
The Commonwealth has long faced the consequences of political gerrymandering. District boundaries have been a hot topic of conversation in past years. In 2020, the Virginia legislature voted to create a bipartisan committee to handle the creation of new electoral maps; Bipartisan redistricting is now in the hands of a 16 member committee which was on a tight timeline to use 2020 census data to announce adjusted districts for the upcoming House of Delegates elections in November 2021. The original plan had the committee producing new maps by April 2020, but delayed census data from the federal government has made new maps in time to give the state board of elections, localities, and partisans time to effectively prepare for and hold elections unlikely. As of now, the most likely scenario remains that 2021 will see no new maps, instead districts will remain the same this year with new districts only taking effect in 2023.