Org Champions Progressive Changemaker with 2021 Virginia Endorsement
December 30, 2020, Falls Church, VA – On the cusp of a new year, CASA in Action announced today its endorsement of Elizabeth Guzman for lieutenant governor. In supporting the immigrant community, equitable education, and workers’ rights, this powerful woman of color has earned the backing of the nation’s largest immigrant member-based voter organization. This CASA in Action endorsement commits a robust field and communications program to elect her.
“For years, Elizabeth Guzman has sought to elevate the voice of the immigrant community statewide, spearheading legislative campaigns that center the need of Virginia’s diverse communities,” said Gustavo Torres, CASA in Action board president. “With Guzman as lieutenant governor, the Commonwealth’s extraordinary immigrant entrepreneurs and essential workers will build Virginia’s economy and communities.”
Elizabeth Guzman is the first Latina immigrant elected to the General Assembly and serves as Vice-Chair of the Education Committee and Chair of the Social Services Subcommittee. As a Delegate, Guzman has introduced a paid sick days bill every year and successfully fought for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, earning an award from Drive Virginia Forward for her efforts. In the upcoming legislative session, she is introducing a bill to get non-driver ID cards for the undocumented community. Guzman campaigned on increasing the minimum wage and removing the farm worker exemption from minimum wage law, and she fought to reduce class ratios for English Language Learners and to increase the age at which minors are tried as adults. As a member of the Prince William County Jail Board, Elizabeth helped lead the fight to end the county’s 287(g) partnership with ICE. She has done extensive work to engage the Latino community in the electoral process and held a Spanish language town hall on COVID-19 that attracted more than 7,000 views. In 2018, Guzman delivered the Spanish language response to Trump’s State of the Union address at the request of now-Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“CASA in Action was proud to support this amazing woman from the beginning and are excited to catapult her talent statewide,” said Luis Aguilar, CASA in Action Virginia Director. “Our members live in their districts and have seen the impact of their powerful fights as champions for working-class communities; we are ready to get out the vote across the Commonwealth for Elizabeth Guzman.”
With more than 100,000+ lifetime members, CASA in Action is the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, please visit CASAinAction.org. Follow us at @CASAinAction.