WASHINGTON — Democratic Delegate Elizabeth Guzman was re-elected for a third term in Virginia HD-31, a top target in the commonwealth. After flipping the long-time Republican-held seat in 2017, Delegate Guzman has advocated for teachers and students and currently serves as the vice-chair of the Education Committee. This enormous victory shows that voters in HD-31 rejected the radical politics of the Republican candidate and instead opted to send Guzman back to the legislature to continue to deliver for their community.
“Elizabeth Guzman’s story of immigrating to America and putting herself through college as a single mom resonates with so many Virginians,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “She was re-elected tonight because she’s working to ensure that all Virginians have the same opportunity to succeed that she did. The DLCC was proud to support this campaign, and we know that Delegate Guzman will continue her good work in the legislature during her third term.”
The DLCC and its affiliated groups invested in Virginia to support candidates like Delegate Guzman and provided critical political guidance, strategic planning, data analysis, and messaging support — all of which proved to be successful with the Democratic victory in this race.
Delegate Elizabeth Guzman came to the United States from Peru with only $300 in her pocket and has the lived experiences to fight for Virginians. Delegate Guzman passed 24 bills in her first three years in office, including historic legislation that lifted Virginia’s blanket ban on public-sector collective bargaining. As a second-generation union member, Delegate Elizabeth Guzman supported legislation that raised Virginia’s minimum wage and was recognized as a “legislative leader” by the League of Conservation Voters.
The commonwealth has become a model for passing progressive legislation including making child care more affordable for working families, strengthening voting rights, passing sweeping criminal justice reform measures, creating tuition-free community college programs, raising the minimum wage, ending surprise medical billing, banning LGBTQ discrimination, providing eviction and utility aid, and making Virginia the “Top State for Business” while strengthening workers’ pay, benefits, and working conditions.