There isn’t much information in the news media about the candidates running for the House of Delegates. So, what can we find out about Elizabeth Guzman for Virginia (facebook.com/elizabethguzmanva) and Ben Baldwin for Delegate (benbaldwinva.com))? Well, here are some of the more informative articles.
- House of Delegates candidates debate in 2nd, 31st districts | Headlines | insidenova.com: This article makes the point that the candidates only agree on one thing: “The candidates did agree on one point – repealing the prohibition on same-sex marriages in Virginia code.” Odd thing for candidates to agree upon, right? The article doesn’t mention that Baldwin has a brother who is a homosexual.
- Prince William Democrats swamping GOP in money race | Headlines | insidenova.com: This article reviews where the candidates are raising their money.
- Guzman and Cole stand behind support of Green New Deal policies (virginiascope.com) and Guzman Supports Moratorium on Gasoline Cars – HEAR Project Virginia (hearprojectva.org): These articles explain why Guzman is receiving campaign donations from environmental groups opposed to fossil fuels.
- Republicans Competitive to Retake Virginia House of Delegates Majority – The Virginia Star: This article doesn’t have anything specific to say about the candidates. The focus is whether Republicans will retake the House of Delegates.
So, where can we find useful information about the candidates?
- Ballotpedia is worth checking out. Both Guzman and Balwin responded to Ballotpedia‘s survey, Elizabeth Guzman – Ballotpedia and Ben Baldwin – Ballotpedia.
- Elections: House of Delegates District 31 (vpap.org): Since most of the money the candidates get comes from large donors, we need to carefully examine the sources of their funding.
Voter Guides for the House of Delegates races are somewhat scarce, but we have our own. See the notice below. Here are some additional voter guides.
- Virginia | iVoterGuide.com, the project of a coalition of Christian organizations (see Our Partners | iVoterGuide.com), provides a Liberal/Conservative rating for each of the candidates with respect to both the statewide races (Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General) and each of the House of Delegate races. Click on the “MORE” button to find addtional information including responses to a questionnaire (when candidates choose to respond).
- PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY | Progressive Voters Guide is what it sounds like (see About | Progressive Voters Guide). This guide provides bios on the “progressive” candidates. Has nothing to say about the other candidates.
- 2021 Virginia Voter Guide: Election Day is November 2nd! – UFCW Local 400 (ufcw400.org) is a union webpage that provides union members directions on who to vote for.
- NORML – Smoke the Vote is a guide that a group advocating the legalization of marijuana has put together.
- On Election Day – Be the Voice of Small Business (nfib.com) is a guide put together by a Virginia organization that advocates for small business. Their guide contains a list of endorsements.
- VCA Voter Guide (virginiachristianaction.org) is a Christian voter guide that makes use of the votes the incumbents made in the House of Delegates. So, there are quite a few “unknowns” with respect to the positions of some of the candidates, but there is also quite a bit of information.
Guzman, because she is an incumbent has a voting record, is a relatively well known quantity. Baldwin’s positions, because of the poor news coverage and the fact he has not answered many surveys, are more difficult to discern. Hence, we can compare Guzman’s votes against our own beliefs (see the scorecards below), but we many be uncertain where Baldwin stands. So, if you are unhappy with Guzman and leaning towards Baldwin, you may wish to visit his website, attend one of his events, and/or try to call him.
- 2021_TFF_ReportCard_Digital-Final.pdf (familyfoundation.org): Legislators are scored based on their voting record on issues that affect the family.
- NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia: Legislators are scored based on their voting record on reproductive issues.
- The Family Foundation of Virginia: Legislators are scored by the Family Foundation on their votes on bills related to “principles of life, marriage, parental authority, constitutional government and religious liberty.”
- Virginia Citizens Defense League: Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to the Second Amendment.
- Virginia Education Association: Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to education.
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