Elizabeth’s Story: Elizabeth immigrated to America from Peru as a single mother looking for a better future for her daughter Pamela. At first, she juggled three jobs. But through hard work, perseverance, and dedication, she put herself through college and graduate school. She understands the importance of public education, challenges for immigrants, and ensuring all families in Prince William and Fauquier Counties can achieve the American Dream.
Each day, Elizabeth commutes more than 45 miles to work, due to the lack of high-paying jobs in Prince William and Fauquier. She will promote economic development opportunities in order to bring more quality jobs to the area, and will advocate for more transportation options, and a flat fee for the area’s EZ-Pass lanes so they will be more affordable for commuters.
As a mother of four, two of which face mental health challenges, Elizabeth knows the struggle parents face when ensuring their children are getting a quality education – particularly those that need additional mental health or disability services. Elizabeth will work to expand opportunities for early childhood education, and more programs like Head Start and Early Head Start.
Bio: Elizabeth would be the first Latina in the Virginia General Assembly. She has been endorsed by PCCC and Our Revolution. She worked her way through college and graduate school and is a social worker and public administrator for the City of Alexandria. She lives with her husband Carlos and 3 children in Dale City, Prince William County.
Issues: Elizabeth will work to expand Medicaid and close the coverage gap; stand up for reform of the ACA; provide a single-payer, affordable healthcare system; increase the numbers of early childhood education programs, special education classrooms per school, and high-school counselors; invest in our Northern Virginia roads and expand public transit options; extend the VRE and Metro to Prince William and Fauquier; and balance transportation needs with greater land preservation in Northern Virginia. She also is a strong believer in raising the minimum wage, so families aren’t choosing between paying their bills and feeding their families.
Opponent: Scott is in the pocket of the NRA. There have been far too many deaths by gun violence in Virginia. More guns on the streets is not the answer, but instead is a recipe for more senseless tragedy. Despite this fact, Scott repeatedly introduced legislation to repeal Virginia’s one-gun-a-month purchase limitation until it became law in 2012. The 31st District deserves someone who isn’t the poster child for an extremist pro-gun group.
Recent elections: District 31 voted for Hillary Clinton by a margin of 10.3% over Trump, and for Obama 7.43% over Romney. Long serving incumbent Scott Lingamfelter won by only 228 votes in 2013, and won only 53-47 in an otherwise strong GOP year, 2015.