“The political decisions that most directly impact the day-to-day life of individuals often occur at the local level -- which is why we’re focused on elevating strong progressives who are working towards change in their own backyards,” said Executive Director Shannon Jackson. “All three candidates have demonstrated a strong commitment to representing the interests of Virginians and empowering community members to engage politically. We’re honored to endorse these candidates for Virginia’s House of Delegates.”
The race for Virginia’s House of Delegates could be a pivotal moment in shifting power to progressives and grassroots organizers. All three endorsed candidates are being primaried by establishment Democrats.
Elizabeth Guzman immigrated to Northern Virginia from Peru as a single mother looking for a better future for her children. Guzman juggled multiple jobs to pay her way through college and graduate school and now serves as social services manager the City of Alexandria. If she wins, Guzman will be the first Latina woman elected to the Virginia house of delegates. Guzman’s platform includes an emphasis on expanding Medicaid, creating early childhood education programs, offering more support programs to veterans, and increasing the minimum wage.
Lee Carter came to Virginia with his wife and daughter in 2011 after completing five years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Carter now works as an IT specialist in Manassas. An active member of the Manassas City Democratic Committee, Carter spends much of his time working as a community organizer and activist – particularly in the areas of affordable housing and worker protections. Carter’s priorities as a delegate include expanding access to affordable housing and transportation options from Prince George’s County to Arlington and Alexandria.
Ken Boddye has proven his commitment to social justice through his extensive work volunteering and organizing in Woodbridge and surrounding areas. In addition to working as a community association insurance underwriter and marketer, Boddye is a member of the NAACP and mentor to students. Boddye is offering smart and sustainable solutions ranging from access to public transportation to developing smarter climate regulations in his platform.