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Marco Lopez Releases Statement Following Endorsement by Talonya Adams

Phoenix, AZ—Today, Marco Lopez, Democratic candidate for governor, released the following statement regarding his endorsement by Talonya Adams:

“I am honored that Ms. Adams has put her faith in me to usher in a more inclusive, representative and people-first state government. 

 Ms. Adams’ two successful jury verdict determinations of sex and race discrimination and retaliation by the Arizona State Senate under the leadership of Katie Hobbs were a big victory for anyone who has ever been treated unfairly simply because of the color of their skin or their gender. Talonya did not have to speak out during this election, but has chosen to use her voice to call out racism in a political system that so often turns a blind eye. 

As Democrats, we cannot preach about the power of diversity and inclusion and then ignore racism when it becomes clear it exists in our own ranks. Not only is this hypocritical, it limits much needed progress. We need to bring all of our diverse communities together if we want to win elections and continue making progress here in Arizona. 

Just like I have promised my 64 other diverse endorsers from across the state, I will fight tirelessly so that no matter where you come from, what your background is, who you love or how you identify, you can make it here in Arizona. That is the promise of Arizona and together we will fulfill it.”

Talonya Adams announced her endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Marco Lopez in a press conference this morning at the Arizona State Capitol. 

“Today, as early voting begins in the Democratic Primary Election, Arizonans have a choice to elect a smart, pragmatic, poised leader in Marco Lopez,” said Talonya Adams. “Marco, son of a plumber and successful businessman, has the experience to lead Arizona during this challenging time. He is a man of faith, guided by the courage of his convictions and a commitment to equal rights, shared prosperity, and unity. I am convinced that he is the strongest option that Democrats have to win up and down the ballot. At this pivotal moment in the trajectory of Arizona’s future, Democrats and Independents have to choose between two very different paths. Although Arizona elections typically are not merit based, I pray this election cycle restores power to the people of Arizona and they vote for real leadership.”

In 2015, the State Senate under the leadership of Katie Hobbs fired Ms. Adams, a Black woman, from her position as a policy advisor after she had complained about being paid far less than her white male colleagues. In November 2021, a second jury found that the Arizona State Senate under Katie Hobbs’ leadership was guilty of race and sex discrimination and retaliation against Ms. Adams. 

Talonya Adams is the 65th 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 
Macario Saldate, 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 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 

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