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Virginia House District 31

The Virginia General Assembly consists of two chambers. The House is the lower chamber and is composed of 100 Delegates. Delegates serve 2-year terms, represent over 80,000 Virginians, and receive a yearly salary of $17,740.

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    Elizabeth Guzman
    (Dem)

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    D.J. Jordan
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you believe is the top legislative priority for your district, and what is your plan to address it?

What measures would you support to ensure the right to vote and election integrity?

Regarding fair redistricting, (1) Do you support the proposal for a Virginia Redistricting Commission and why? (2) If the Constitutional Amendment is adopted, what legislation would you support to implement the commission?

What solutions would you support to reduce the current level of gun violence in Virginia?

education/Degrees Associates Degree in Office Administration and Management from NOVA Community College; Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety from Capella University; Master's in Public Administration from American University; Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California
experience Division Chief for Administrative Services for the Center for Adult Services for the City of Alexandria; Administrator, Fairfax County Schools; Administrator, Fairfax County Government.
hometown Woodbridge, Virginia
I have three priorities for my district in the upcoming session. First, Virginia is one of the few states that does not have a paid sick leave program. I believe it is wrong that a family member should need to choose between their health and supporting their family. Secondly, I want to continue investing in our roads and infrastructure. Finally, I will work with my county board of supervisors to invest in our schools. We need more schools in eastern Prince William.
I have supported legislation to end excuse-required absentee balloting, allowing more Virginians the ability to participate in our democracy. I have also worked with local registrars in my district to get more resources for our election workers and officials, and update needed ballot machines. Finally, I support efforts to improve cybersecurity, so that no domestic or foreign person or entity can interfere in every Virginian’s ability to vote.
I support a fair redistricting process that puts the power to draw district in the hands of non-partisan officials, using population data to draw the fairest districts possible. I did not support the past redistricting proposal, because it injected partisanship into what is supposed to be a non-partisan commission. I would support a constitutional amendment to enshrine fair redistricting principles into our Constitution, and then support with appropriate legislation.
I am a strong advocate for stronger gun regulation in Virginia. I was chief patron of a bill to make background checks mandatory for private gun sales. I co-patroned a bill to make daycares and childcare facilities hosted in private homes gun free zones, or at least have firearms secured. I supported “One Gun a Month” legislation that would restrict the purchase of hand guns to one a month. As a public employee, I support prohibiting firearms in a public building.
education/Degrees Liberty University (Bachelors, Broadcast Journalism); The Johns Hopkins University (Masters, Public Management)
experience Virginia State Board of Social Services (2013-2017), Alternate Commissioner on the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, Member of the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, Board of Directors of Virginia's Kids Belong.
hometown Chespeake, Virginia
My top legislative priority will be reducing traffic congestion for Prince William and Fauquier County residents. We must work together on solutions that involve enhanced bus transit and rail options, more tele-working options, and we must prioritize transportation projects based on congestion (Smart Scale reform). I will oppose high tolls, and fight for our fair share of transportation dollars. I also believe our state government must better manage infrastructure to match population growth.
Election integrity and voting rights are very important. Virginia should ensure that there are paper ballots as a backup for all voting machines.
I support creating an independent redistricting commission that would take responsibility for drawing the boundaries of Virginia’s legislative districts out of the hands of the state legislature. At this time, I have not come to a conclusion on which specific legislation that I would support to implement the commission.
Guns are not the problem; the problem is when the wrong people get ahold of guns. To reduce gun violence in Virginia, we should implement a violence early prevention program, called Project Ceasefire, in high-crime cities of the Commonwealth. We also must strengthen background checks, including those of all private sales. Virginia should also consider implementing extreme risk protection orders with a strong due process requirement.