By Zach Armstrong
PETERSBURG, Va -- Delegate Elizabeth Guzman (D-31) has filed paperwork on Monday, Oct. 5 for her campaign committee to run for Lieutenant Governor.
Guzman has represented her district which contains parts of Prince William and Fauquier County in the Virginia House of Delegates for nearly three years. She also acts as the chair of the Southern Region for the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, Chair of the House Health, Welfare and Institutions Sub-Committee, Vice Chair of the Education Committee and division chief for the City of Alexandria's Center for Adult Services.
If elected, Guzman would be the first female and the first LatinX Lieutenant Governor for the commonwealth of Virginia.
“When I think of the role of Lieutenant Governor, I see that job as a promotion for a successful legislator; someone who can deliver on promises to their constituents and pass legislation that improves the lives of Virginians,” said Guzman.
Born in Peru, Guzman came to America as a 25-year-old single mother and worked numerous minimum wage jobs. Before running for office, Guzman led a 17-year career in human services as a social worker and public administrator. Eight-term incumbent Del. Scott Lingamfelter was defeated by her in the 2017 election for Virginia’s 31st district.
“My struggle is not unique to immigrants, and millions of Virginia families are living paycheck to paycheck...the Senate needs a fighter for workers so that everyone – no matter who you are or where you’re from – can find their American Dream.” said Guzman in a released statement.
In her duration as a politician, Guzman has played a role in passing various legislation in the House of Delegates being named “Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia Education Association this year.
Delegate Guzman has sponsored legislation that decriminalized marijuana, raised the age at which children are automatically tried as adults from 14 to 16, lifted Virginia's blanket ban on public sector collective bargaining and a resolution declaring a climate emergency which passed the House among others.
In every session, Delegate Guzman has sponsored a paid sick days bill. During the emergency special session, Guzman sponsored a paid quarantine bill which passed the House but was killed by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.
“We need more progressive voices in the senate and a proggressive campaign for working people that’s unapologetic about how laws will improve the lives of Virginians,” said Guzman. “As an immigrant who came with $300 I was able to achieve the american dream myself and my background I bring to the senate lets me have conversations about why this legislation is so important,”
The Lieutenant Governor’s duties include presiding over the state Senate, the power to break most tie votes and act as governor if the current one dies or leaves office before the end of his or her term. Current Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is eligible to run for a second term in 2021 but is running for Governor instead.
Del. Hala Ayala (D-51) and Paul Goldman, former Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, have also announced their campaigns as Democratic candidates in the 2021 Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election.
Formally declared candidates for the election’s Republican primary include businessman Puneet Ahluwalia, veteran and businessman Lance Allen, Glenn Davis (R-84) and former state delegate Tim Hugo.
The 2021 Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election will be held on Nov. 2, 2021.