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Marco Lopez Joins Periwinkle Mobile Home Park Residents in Protesting Mass Eviction

Phoenix, AZ— Tuesday evening, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Marco Lopez joined Periwinkle Mobile Home Park residents in protesting their mass eviction by Grand Canyon University to make way for new student housing. The residents, who were served the 180-day eviction notice in late April, have very few relocation options and were only offered $1800 to turn over their titles to the state. 

“This mass eviction and subsequent lack of resources for the residents during the hottest time of the year leaves little to no options for the working families with children and seniors on social security who reside in this community,” said Marco Lopez, Democratic candidate for governor. “This is completely unacceptable, inhumane and counterintuitive: Arizona needs more housing, not less, to protect thousands of at-risk Arizonans from falling into a vicious cycle of housing insecurity and be able to provide a path out of homelessness for the over 10,000 Arizonans who currently find themselves unhoused.”

The Periwinkle residents, who are now forced to navigate Phoenix’s high rents and property values, are demanding more time to relocate or just compensation for their trailers. 

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 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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