Elizabeth Guzmán, Delegate-Elect to the Virginia House of Delegates. This week, she became one of the first two Latinas elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
"I am running against a 15-year incumbent who only represents 16% of the voting population. I am running to bring diversity to Richmond and give a voice to the myriad of minority communities in the 31st District and across the state, who feel like their leadership does not represent them. As the first Hispanic woman in the Virginia State Assembly, I want to stand up to those who threaten to divide us, because our diversity is something to be embraced, not disrespected."
"I am a long-time resident of the 31st District. I live in Prince William County and, unfortunately, discrimination has been allowed and promoted in Prince William County. As a Latina, I have been frequently profiled as undocumented and I have been questioned about my immigration status. I still remember my 25-year-old daughter coming home from school crying when she was 13 because she thought I would be deported due to Corey Stewart’s discriminatory policy. Recently, my 9-year-old son came home from school after Trump was elected. He feared that we had to leave the country because we speak Spanish. I could not stay silent anymore."
"Latinos are the second largest population in Prince William County; thus, it is time to be the voice of the voiceless. As the first Hispanic female representative in the Virginia House of Delegates, I would stand up to those who divide us because our diversity is something to be embraced, not disrespected."
Battleground VA, Photo via NARAL