The race comes in a historic primary year for Virginia Democrats: 13 of 54 House incumbents face primary challenges, a record-breaking number, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. Control of the House, where Democrats hold a 10-seat edge, will be up for grabs in November.
Hall presents a formidable challenger to Guzman. Hall had raised $214,000 through May 27 to Guzman’s $347,000, but she raised some of her funds in her bid for lieutenant governor. Hall has a string of high-profile endorsements like House Appropriations Chairman Luke Torian, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-3rd, and Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax.
Guzman has the incumbent’s advantage and support from House leaders, including Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, and powerful labor unions in the state.
Supporters of Hall say Guzman gambled away her seat when she decided to run for lieutenant governor. Guzman’s supporters say that that if she is defeated in the primary it could leave the legislature without a needed voice in a state with a growing Hispanic population.
On the campaign trail, Guzman is highlighting her record as a voice for working-class Virginians on issues like guaranteed paid sick leave, increasing the minimum wage and expanding the types of workers that qualify for it, and expanding collective bargaining among public sector workers.
“For the communities that I represent, I’ve lived their struggles. We share the same battle, and that’s where my commitment comes from,” said Guzman, who works in social services and who immigrated to the U.S. from Peru as a young single mother with a few hundred dollars. Guzman said she worked two minimum wage jobs to pay for a small apartment.
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