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MARCO LOPEZ RELEASES PLAN FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION

December 1, 2021

PHOENIX, AZ – Today Marco Lopez released the framework for a plan outlining values and goals for his administration regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-discrimination. The outline below is an initial step toward building a more representative, accountable, and inclusive government that works for all Arizonans.

An inclusive administration that reflects Arizona: Nearly half of Arizonans identify as Latino, Black, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander and by working together we can build a brighter future for the state we love. From political appointments to staff hires, the Lopez Administration will reflect Arizona’s tremendous diversity which is an enormous strength for our state.

Equal pay for equal work: Equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender, religious beliefs, or ethnicity is long overdue. Within the first 180 days of his administration, Governor Lopez will order a review of salary scales, job classifications, and pay practices throughout state government and with companies that provide services to the government. No one in Arizona should be paid unfairly in the workplace and we must lead by example.

Zero-tolerance for discrimination: Discrimination and retaliation in the workplace are totally unacceptable. Stronger, more comprehensive protections and penalties are needed in state and local government and in the private sector. The Marco Lopez Administration will have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and will develop and propose legislation and employment policies essential to implementing systematic protections and improvements in the workplace. Arizona must be a state where everyone is welcome.

Commitment to social and economic equity: Anyone in Arizona working 40 hours a week deserves a living wage that allows them to put food on the table and pay their bills. Moreover, homeownership must be as accessible today as it was for our parent’s generation. Regular wage increases with a $15/hour minimum, and a broad-based commitment to affordable housing will be cornerstones of the Lopez Administration. Everyone in Arizona deserves the opportunity to get ahead and live up to Arizona’s promise that hard work pays off.

A better justice system: All too often, people are categorized and routed through an arrest, prosecution, and detention system that has wildly different outcomes for different people who commit similar offenses. There is no single or easy solution and current shortages of police confound the problems. The Lopez Administration will commit to accountability in all sectors of the justice system, focusing first on equitable legal representation and sentencing, alternatives to prison for non-violent offenses, and approaches to policing that send prepared officers into the field, and bring behavioral expertise to de-escalation.

Leveling the playing field: Building a more equitable and inclusive society also means leveling the playing field, starting at an early age. Every child in Arizona from Paradise Valley to South Tucson, Yuma County to Navajo County, deserves access to a high-quality education that isn’t determined by their zip code. With increased education options for children in the past decade, it’s more imperative than ever that we focus on competitively funding our public schools and rewarding those that do a job better.

Honesty, integrity, and accountability: Arizonans deserve a leader that they can trust. Marco isn’t a career politician, who says one thing and does another – in business, he learned that sticking to his word meant everything to his clients and his business partners. As governor Marco will be truthful when it’s tough, principled when it matters, and always open about the work he’s doing to build a better Arizona for everyone. 
“This plan is just a first step in our campaign’s efforts to outline how we can build a stronger, more inclusive state,” Lopez said. “Arizonans deserve a government that represents the tremendous diversity that we have here and a governor who recognizes that we are stronger because of that diversity not despite it. As governor, I will stand up for these principles and I will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”
 
“In nearly 45 years being an advocate of justice for all in Arizona I do not recall a gubernatorial candidate or sitting governor proposing such an inclusive platform to diversity, equity and inclusion as Marco Lopez,” said Rev. Warren H. Stewart Sr.
 
“As a fourth-generation Arizonan, mother of five, and grandmother of ten who has been organizing in our community for four decades, I’m proud to support this bold platform Marco has put out,” said Petra Falcon. “We need a governor who will work to ensure that all families in Arizona are treated equally and provided opportunities that benefit themselves and the future of all Arizonans.”
 
Last week Former State House Minority Leader Art Hamilton endorsed Marco’s campaign saying, “Marco is running the kind of inclusive campaign that we need in order to win in November and make real, sustainable change for working families here in Arizona.”
 
Lopez releases his plan as diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-discrimination becomes a key issue in the gubernatorial race after a second jury verdict awarded Ms. Talonya Adams $2.75 million, finding that the State Senate under the leadership of current Secretary of State Katie Hobbs had discriminated and retaliated against her.
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 and once Marco graduated from the University of Arizona, he knew he had to give back, so 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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