Elizabeth Peace, Mrs. Arlington

Elizabeth Peace won the “Mrs. Virginia America 2016” crown at the state pageant held April 30 in South Hill.

The reigning Mrs. Arlington, Elizabeth Peace, the mother of two and wife of a U.S. Marine, won the “Mrs. Virginia America 2016” crown at the state pageant held April 30 in South Hill.

Peace, a communications director with the U.S. House of Representatives, promoted her platform of preventing child sexual abuse and talked about her work with a non-profit national organization that teaches parents and community leaders how to prevent child sexual abuse and how to respond if abuse does occur.

“It was an incredible honor to represent my adopted hometown of Arlington and to be a voice for children who are unable to speak out about their abuse,” Peace said. “More than anything, I’m hoping our story will inspire others to speak out when they know a child is being abused, and remember that it’s up to adults to protect these innocent children.”

Peace, a former Air Force security-forces officer who then worked as a journalist and TV-news anchor for more than a decade before working in Congress, will compete in the Mrs. America national pageant in August, and will represent Virginia at events across the commonwealth in coming months.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to direct Elizabeth Peace this year and help her prepare for the national stage. She is beautiful, articulate and has a platform that will touch the hearts of many,” said Brandi Pope, director of Mrs. Virginia.