Food & Water Action Endorses Elizabeth Guzman For Virginia State Assembly

August 12, 2019

For Immediate Release: August 12, 2019
 Jorja Rose, [email protected], 202-683-2483

Richmond, VA– Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Elizabeth Guzman for reelection to the Virginia State Assembly in the 31st District.

Throughout her time in the state assembly, Del. Guzman was a leader in passing Medicaid expansion in Virginia.  She has also been a fierce advocate for workers and setting a minimum wage.

Guzman has also supported transitioning Virginia towards 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035. She’s opposed to efforts to build out pipelines and expand fracked gas infrastructure, which run rampant in the state of Virginia thanks to special privilege shown to corporations like Dominion Energy. We need voices like Guzman’s actively objecting to these projects, which put our air, water, and health on the line.

“Delegate Guzman is the environmental advocate we need representing Virginia’s 31st assembly district,” said Jorge Aguilar, Food & Water Action’s Southern Region Director. “She is prioritizing the clean and renewable energy industry that will position Virginia as a jobs leader while opposing gas pipelines in Virginia.  Del. Guzman is fighting for this future because she knows Virginia must move away from the industrial pollution and climate chaos caused by fossil fuels as soon as possible.”

For too long, Virginia’s communities have seen their own health and safety sidelined by government officials who take corporate money and serve those self-interests once in office.  Now two new proposed pipelines in Virginia, including a pipeline in Guzman’s own district in Prince William County, threaten to expand Virginia’s dependence on fracked gas. Electing candidates like Guzman can change that the direction Virginia is heading.”

In Virginia, companies like Dominion Energy have spent huge amounts of money on campaign contributions and lobbying to influence legislators and officials to pass policies favorable to big business. But Guzman has pledged not to take any Dominion money because of her strong belief in the need for campaign finance reform and her determination to hold companies like Dominion accountable for their poor environmental record and continued investment in fossil fuels. Instead, she is pushing for the most ambitious renewable energy plan the state has ever seen,  which will address climate change and halt fossil fuel projects.