Phoenix, AZ— Today, Democratic Candidate for governor Marco Lopez joined all five Republican candidates for governor in a bipartisan panel hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners. Marco was the only Democratic candidate to show up, fiercely defending Arizona’s Democratic ideals amongst the Republican-dominated panel.
The panel, moderated by Christopher R. Kaup of Tiffany & Bosco, touched on the candidates’ solutions to challenges faced by women business owners: access to capital, affordable health care, the employee shortage and access to credit, to name a few.
In their responses, the Republican candidates universally vilified Arizona’s teachers and school administrators, made inflammatory claims of an invasion at the Southern border and blamed all of Arizona’s problems on big government.
On the other hand, Marco, seated between Kari Lake and Scott Neely, remained steadfast in his commitment to restoring the promise of Arizona: investing in our education system in order to grow and keep our economy attractive, improving our trade relationship with Mexico and building the infrastructure the state needs to move into the future.
This is one of the many events that Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs has been invited to but has declined to participate in. Marco Lopez has spent the last 15 months attending in-person campaign events all across Arizona’s 15 counties and 22 tribes, talking to voters of all backgrounds and sharing his vision for the next decade of Arizona and beyond. As of now Katie Hobbs is still declining to participate in the PBS-Televised Democratic Governors Debate hosted by the Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission, which will broadcast on June 30.
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 $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 one 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.