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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez Endorses Marco Lopez for Governor

Window Rock, AZ—Today, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez endorsed Marco Lopez for governor of Arizona. 

“Marco Lopez is the only candidate who has been doing the work to earn the Native vote and I thank him for visiting the Navajo Nation to learn more about our people and communities,” said President Nez. “He is best positioned to win the general election as the Democratic nominee because of his leadership experience and inclusiveness of people from all backgrounds. He’s putting in the work, traveling across the state, engaging with Native leadership and all Arizonans to strategize how to best govern the state and work together with Arizona’s 22 tribes. For those reasons, I’m proud to endorse Marco Lopez for governor.”

“Arizona’s leaders have a duty to ensure we are including our 22 tribes and all Arizonans in the decision-making process and not leave anyone behind, ignored or taken for granted. That’s how I’ve always led as an executive at the local, state, and federal level and how I will lead as governor,” said Marco Lopez, Democratic candidate for governor. “Native communities helped deliver the state to Joe Biden in 2020. Democrats cannot continue to take their support for granted, and if Democrats make the mistake of sending the only Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the country with a record of discrimination to the general election, it’s a slap in the face to our diverse communities who worked so hard to organize and get out the vote for Democrats in 2020.

“As I’ve been saying throughout the campaign, we owe it to our diverse communities to give them someone to vote for, not just against. If we do this, we will win.

“I am overjoyed to have President Nez on Team Lopez and look forward to our close partnership over the next eight years.”

President Jonathan Nez is the ninth and current President of the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the United States. The Navajo Nation reservation encapsulates about 27,000 square miles of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah with the seat of government located in Window Rock, Arizona. 

In June, the Lopez campaign released its policy commitments to Arizona’s Native tribes, the first and only gubernatorial campaign to do so. The commitments include: defending voting rights, protecting water resources, improving health care equity, promoting economic development and ensuring proper communication and representation.

President Nez is the 66th endorsement for Marco Lopez, joining a list that includes: 

Latino Victory Fund
Chicanos Por La Causa Action Fund
Promise Arizona in Action
AZNOW PAC
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
Talonya Adams

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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