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Lopez for Governor Campaign Hosts Education Roundtable at University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ—Today, the Marco Lopez for Governor campaign hosted an education roundtable with student participants at the University of Arizona on the state of education in Arizona and how the governorship can help to influence the student experience. 

“Our college students are our current and future leaders,” said Marco Lopez, Democratic candidate for governor. “I am so grateful for the discussions I had with my fellow Wildcats today, and have been made even more hopeful that we are in good hands with this next generation.”

“Education can change lives,” said Alex Sanchez, University of Arizona senior and student participant. “The fact that Marco wants to sit down and talk to the students of Arizona shows that he knows that and wants to change the lives of Arizonans for the better!”

In March 2022, Marco Lopez proposed a $2.5 billion additional annual investment in increased education funding to better prepare Arizona’s students for the future workforce and bolster economic growth.  

The investment sets aside $250 million for higher education including universities, community colleges and workforce development.

Marco Lopez is a product of the Arizona public school system and as governor he will make properly funding education a top priority in order to grow an economy that allows all families the chance to succeed. So far, Marco has released plans to rebuild Arizona’s education system, lift up workers and working families, protect the LGBTQ+ community, strengthen relationships with the Native American community, create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive state and address housing equity. His campaign will continue to roll out more proposals in the coming months.

Hearing directly from Arizonans about their concerns and hopes has been a priority for Marco Lopez while campaigning for governor. For the past 16 months, Marco has been visiting Arizona’s 15 counties and 22 tribes, speaking directly with voters and sharing his vision to restore the promise of Arizona. 

Just this week, Marco visited the cities of Window Rock, Show Low, Yuma, San Luis, Guadalupe and Tucson.

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 50 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 $13 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 Connect2Compete has brought high speed internet to one million low income families nationally, and in Mesa, AZ, SkyBridge Arizona is on track to create 15,000 quality Arizona jobs. Marco 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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