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East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Endorses Marco Lopez for Governor

East Maricopa County, AZ— Today, the East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorsed Marco Lopez for governor. 

“The East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (EVHCC) is dedicated to the advancement of the Hispanic community through the development of small and Hispanic businesses in East Maricopa County,” said EVHCC Chair Rudy Apodaca & EVHCC Vice Chair Phillip Austin. “Marco Lopez’s experience in business development and his acumen for resolving important issues affecting the community—education, health, water and the environment—make him the most ideal candidate to lead the state of Arizona. That is the reason the EVHCC supports Marco Lopez for Governor.”

“I’m delighted to receive the support of the East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” said Marco Lopez, Democratic candidate for governor. “The great work that the EVHCC does in supporting the development of Hispanic small businesses is vital to the growth of our economy. Ten years ago I started my own small business just like my parents had done 40 years prior, and since then my work in the private sector has helped provide high-speed internet to one million low-income families, and we’re on track to create 15,000 jobs right here in Arizona. Together, we can empower hard-working folks across our state by providing them the tools they need to succeed.”

This announcement comes just after Lopez received his third labor union endorsement earlier this week, demonstrating his ability to bring both the business and labor communities together behind his campaign.

The East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the 55th endorsement for Marco Lopez, joining a list that includes: 

Latino Victory Fund
Chicanos Por La Causa Action Fund
IBEW Local 266 PAC
AFGE Local 1250
IATSE Local 336
Sally Ann Gonzales, LD-03 State Senator
Morgan Abraham, LD-10 State Representative 
Richard Andrade, LD-29 State Representative
Andres Cano, LD-03 State Representative
Brian Fernandez, LD-23 State Representative
Melody Hernandez, LD-26 State Representative
Marcelino Quiñonez, LD-11 State Representative
Christian Solorio, LD-30 State Representative
Arturo Garino, Mayor of Nogales
Juan Rodriguez, Mayor of Tolleson
Rudy Molera, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Tony Reyes, Yuma County Supervisor
George Silva, Santa Cruz County Attorney
Saulo Bonilla, Nogales Councilmember
Joe Diaz, Nogales Councilmember
Richard Fimbres, Tucson Councilmember
Adolfo Gamez, Tolleson Councilmember
David Luna, Mesa Councilmember
Joel Navarro, Tempe Councilmember
Miguel Villalpando, Somerton Councilmember
Ylenia Aguilar, Osborn School District Governing Board President
Ray Borane, Douglas School District Governing Board President
Reggie Carrillo, Phoenix Elementary School District Governing Board Member
Luis L. Gonzales, Pima Community College Governing Board Member
Patricia Jimenez, Isaac School District Governing Board Member
Francisca Montoya, Fowler Elementary School District Governing Board Member 
Dr. Tom Nerini, Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board Member 
Alfredo Gutierrez, Former Senate Majority Leader 
Amanda Aguirre, Former State Senator
Luis A. Gonzales, Former State Senator
Victor Soltero, Former State Senator 
Ramón Valadez, Former State Senator
Art Hamilton, Former House Minority Leader
Diego Rodriguez, Former State Representative 
Earl Wilcox, Former State Representative
Nieves Riedel, Former Mayor of San Luis
Agustin Tumbaga, Former Mayor of Somerton
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Former Chancellor of Maricopa County Community College District 
Mary Rose Wilcox, Former Maricopa County Supervisor
David Coward, Former Pinal County Democratic Party Chair
George Dean, President and CEO of the Phoenix Urban League
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza
Jim Messina, Obama 2012 Campaign Manager
Ty Ng, Filmmaker, Actor and Activist
Verma Pastor
Roberto Reveles, Somos America Founding President 
Rev. Dr. Jannah Scott, Faith Leader and Obama Administration Alum
Jim Shee, Arizona Asian Chamber of Commerce Co-founder 
Christine Thompson, Former State Board of Education Executive Director

Marco Lopez is running for governor because he believes in the Promise of Arizona – the  promise that if you work hard, play by the rules and treat people with respect then you can make it here in our state. It’s this idea that led Marco’s parents to immigrate to Arizona from Mexico nearly fifty years ago. They didn’t start out with much, but they dreamed that Marco and his sisters could do better than they did. That’s just what happened—Marco and his sisters were the first generation in their family to go to college. Once Marco graduated from the University of Arizona, he knew he had to give back. At just 21-years-old he ran for mayor of his hometown of Nogales and won, becoming one of the youngest mayors in the country. After winning two mayoral elections, Governor Napolitano asked Marco to serve at the state level as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce where he oversaw critical trade relationships in the state. Next, President Obama asked Marco to serve at the national level, where he oversaw a $15 billion budget and 60,000 people. In 2011, Marco left the administration to start his own small business here in Arizona just like his parents had done 40 years before. Over the past ten years Marco’s company has brought high speed internet to 1 million low-income families and is on track to create 15,000 jobs right here in Arizona. Marco Lopez is running for governor because he believes the Promise of Arizona is still possible, but for too many people in our state today it’s out of reach. Marco has the leadership experience in the private and public sector to make that promise of opportunity that brought his parents to Arizona a reality for everyone. For more information, please visit www.marcolopez.com. 

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