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Former Arizona State Representative Macario Saldate Endorses Marco Lopez for Governor

Tucson, AZ—Today, Former Arizona State Representative Macario Saldate endorsed Marco Lopez for governor.

“The state of education in Arizona has always been one of my top concerns throughout my career and during my tenure in the Arizona House of Representatives,” said Former Representative Saldate. “That’s why I’m so thrilled we have a strong candidate for governor who knows firsthand the importance of education as a tool for success, has a clear, steady vision for the future of Arizona, and the experience to get things done. I am proud to endorse Marco Lopez for governor.”

“Macario has been a champion for advancing education in our state, spending his early career focused on special education administration,” said Marco Lopez, candidate for governor. “Public education is so important to me because it has the potential to be the great equalizer—I, an immigrant kid from a working class family, would not be where I am today without my public education. I am so thrilled Macario recognizes this commitment and has chosen to join our movement.”

Macario Saldate is the 63rd endorsement for Marco Lopez, joining a list that includes:

Latino Victory Fund
Chicanos Por La Causa Action Fund
Promise Arizona in Action
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 266 PAC
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 640
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1250
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE) Local 336
East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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
Freddie Villalón, Tolleson Union High School District President
Alfredo Gutierrez, Former Senate Majority Leader
Jaime Gutierrez, Former Senate Appropriations and Ethic Committee Chair
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
Cloves Campbell Jr., Former State Representative and Publisher of the Arizona Informant
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
John Carnero, Former Tolleson City Councilmember
George Dean, President and CEO of the Phoenix Urban League
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza
Linda Mazon Gutierrez, President and CEO Emeritus of Hispanic Women’s Corporation
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


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