By Amilkar Vèlez-López –
August 7, 2020
Reporter: Amilkar Velèz-López, BA, MSW, JD, LREA, Minister, Special Correspondent for Now News –
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Dolores Guzmán is very proud of her Boricua and Latinx roots
Mrs. Dolores Guzmán, tireless fighter for the Boricua and Latino communities of Florida, announces that she is running as the first Boricua / Latino woman for Representative of DISTRICT 27 in Volusia County. This district covers the townships of Deltona, Deltona Lakes, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange, City, DeBary, Oak Hill, and New Smyrna Beach. This district has many Puerto Ricans, Latinas, blacks and whites and has about 155,000 people.
She told us in an interview that the term to serve is for two years and the maximum is 8 consecutive years.
Dolores Guzmán is a very kind, capable, dedicated lady and a fighter without equal. She supports the right of every woman to choose what to do with her body. She does not accept the changes that were made to the laws made by Trump and the Republicans that give 90% of the benefits to the rich and almost nothing to the working class. To our questions, she indicated that a control is needed on donations to candidates, since currently the rich control politicians.
Regarding EDUCATION, she assures «will fight so that each student receives an EXCELLENT education in public schools, and that it must be directed to the specific needs of each student. Every school has to have an extremely high standard to guarantee a good education for every student!
She will also fight to develop renewable energy in her district since that is “our future to preserve our rivers, lakes, drinking water and natural resources.” In this way, it will also strive “to avoid polluting gases that poison the air we breathe.”
Dolores Guzmán is committed to supporting OBAMACARE and providing adequate medical services for people on Medicaid and expanding their services to those most in need. She strongly rejects the construction of the Wall that Trump wants to establish on the border with Mexico and considers it a huge mistake to waste that money, which is so much needed to combat the CORONAVIRUS. It should be noted that more than 30,000 people currently live in your district without access to essential medical services and that is not fair. She promises to solve that problem.
She does not accept the deportation of undocumented people since they will lose those people, but the country will lose more when we do not have workers in the farms and factories, in addition the taxes that they would pay would not reach the local, state or federal economies . They must be given a status that they can work, stay here and contribute to this country.
Regarding marijuana, she indicated that our community receives more severe punishments than others for the use of this herb. It is not fair to destroy the lives of youth and adults by possession in lesser quantities. The use of it for personal use must be legalized. Doing so would result in collecting millions of dollars in taxes, licenses, and patents, which would help the district’s economy. Instead of having to keep prisoners, these people would work, pay their taxes, and be able to support their families.
As for voting by mail, she supports it, because people with health problems can vote, and today with COVID-19, you should not risk going to vote in person. The good thing is that how you vote by ballot you can count each vote. Currently in Florida cheating has occurred in certain elections and that has to stop.
She supports that in Florida an amendment to the constitution was passed which grants the right to ex-convicts to vote, but he opposes that Governor Ron de Santis and the Republicans have imposed obligations to prevent many from voting. Reject that and she will fight to give you the right to vote as the amendment requires.
Dolores Guzmán is very proud of her Puerto Rican and Latina roots and promises to be the best representative of the community. The first thing she would do is set up a district office and be available to serve the needs of the people and inspire confidence with her dedication and accomplishments.
She supports eradicating the JONES LAW, which does so much damage to Puerto Rico with the tariffs it imposes and the obligation to use American ships, which are THE MOST EXPENSIVE in the world. When that law is eliminated, PR will be able to use ships from any country in the world WITHOUT the obligation to bring the merchandise first to Jacksonville, or other ports, and then be taken to PR.
Regarding the problem of the homeless, she assures that this problem emanates from deficiencies in society. Her hope is to invest in education so that the youth prepare for a better future and invest in the health system and hospitals, so that they bring those services to the homeless and homeless. One problem we have in Florida is that Governor Ron DeSantis has eliminated millions of dollars that were used to help people buy houses and help the homeless.
Guzmán also assured that she will address the AFFORDABLE HOUSING problem in his district. Nowadays, there are hardly any apartments or houses with low incomes. “Rather, people have to work two and three jobs to try to live comfortably. This does not result in a good quality of life, she said.
It should be noted that Dolores Guzmán has great support, not only with the Latino community, but with whites, blacks and people from many other countries.
With great honor, she confirmed that the following organizations, politicians and entities have given her their support, among others:
FLORIDA FOR ALL, an organization of the black community of youth, women and union members. The Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment. The Democratic Pregressive Caucus of Florida. The SIERRA CLUB of Florida. The Volusia-Flagler AFL-CIO.
The Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, an affiliate, nonpartisan that fights for legislation to help Florida families.
Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, who indicated that she strongly supports Dolores Guzmán, as she founded the Volusia County Democratic Party Hispanic Caucus and that Dolores KNOWS how to win and help the community. Notably, Guzman won her election last year to the Volusia West Hospital Authority.
Representative Amy Mercado, Representative Anna V. Eskamani and Senator Víctor Tores, Jr. As well as Chris King, LATINO VICTORY FUND, Democratic VETERANS Caucus of Florida, Florida Education Association, Florida Ag Coalition and others.
Her page on Facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/doloresfor27/
She reminds all voters in her district, and throughout Florida, that the DEMOCRATIC ELEMENTARY ELECTION ALREADY BEGAN WITH EARLY VOTING THAT LASTS from AUGUST 8 to August 15 and that TUESDAY, August 18 is the last date for vote. Early voting hours are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. To vote in the Deltona area you have to go to:
DeLand area - NEW LOCATION Department of Elections Office 1750 S. Woodland Boulevard (Victoria Square) (Google Maps) Deltona area - NEW LOCATION Deltona City Commission Chambers 2345 Providence Boulevard (Google Maps)
If you have not registered, you can no longer vote in this primary election on August 18, 2020. BUT YOU MUST REGISTER TO VOTE BY October 5th to be eligible to vote in the General Election on NOVEMBER 3, 2020.
They are asked to VOTE BY MAIL, if already registered. To do so in Volusia County, you must contact the Supervisor of Elections office by accessing: http://www.volusiaelections.org/ElectionInformation/absenteevoting.htm. There they can request their ballot in English or Spanish.
In Florida, you can register to vote in person, or online, to vote in the general election on November 3, 2020, if you have not already registered.
Online voter registration
Florida offers online voter registration. You should know: You need a Florida identification document and Social Security number to register online to vote. The name and address on the document must be the same as the name of the voter and the address where they are registering. If you do not have a state-issued ID, you can register to vote by mail. You can register online until Monday, October 5, 2020, JUST CLICK HERE: https://howto.vote/register/es/fl.html. To communicate with Dolores just access her page: https://doloresfor27.com. Also on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/doloresfor27/.