PHOENIX, ARIZONA — Today the Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) announced its endorsement of pro-equality candidates Katie Hobbs for Governor, Adrian Fontes for Secretary of State, and our 2nd round of state legislative candidates across Arizona.
The HRC PAC has also endorsed Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly for reelection to the United State Senate, Ruben Gallego for Congress, Raul Grijalva for Congress, Tom O’Halleran for Congress, Greg Stanton for Congress, Kris Mayes for Attorney General, and Kathy Hoffman for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The HRC PAC is committed to engaging our volunteers, members and supporters to mobilize the 1.3 million Equality Voters in Arizona in support of candidates up and down the ballot in November who will fight to protect democracy and equality for all Arizonans.
Human Rights Campaign Arizona State Director Bridget Sharpe released the following statement:
“Every family and every child deserves to live their lives with safety, dignity, privacy, and free from discrimination. We deserve leaders who will fight for all of us. Instead, a handful of power-hungry politicians in Arizona are working overtime to unravel our democracy and shamelessly advance a legislative assault on LGBTQ+ people – especially LGBTQ+ children and young people – on a scale we’ve never seen before.
The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse pro-equality, pro-democracy champions: Katie Hobbs for Governor, Adrian Fontes for Secretary of State, and 41 impressive state legislative candidates across Arizona who will be the first line of defense against harmful bills designed to strip away the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. We look forward to fighting alongside them to elect pro-equality leaders, flip our state legislature, and protect democracy and equality across Arizona.”
Arizona Secretary of State and Democratic nominee for governor Katie Hobbs released the following statement:
“In the midst of egregious attacks on our fundamental freedoms, I will fight tooth and nail to defend our human rights. Arizona’s LGBTQ+ community is an integral part of our identity and it has been one of my utmost honors to advocate for their rights and needs – from my volunteer work with organizations like one•n•ten, all the way up to my time in the state legislature and as Secretary of State. Civil liberties are on the ballot this November, and as governor, I’ll make sure Arizona won’t go back to the dark ages.”
Democratic Arizona Secretary of State Candidate Adrian Fontes released the following statement:
"Thank you to HRC, I consider this endorsement an honor. Since America's founding, we have slowly but surely extended rights and opportunities from one generation to the next. But in this election, there are individuals who want to take our rights away. That is antithetical to our American values and the idea of a free society. Voting rights, the continuance of democratic norms, and the promise of stable government are all on the ballot in November. I share the concerns and vision of HRC and greatly appreciate their support in this fight to preserve our Republic."
HRC’s Arizona State Senate endorsements include: Mike Fogel (SD-1), Jeanne Casteen (SD-2), Thomas Duggar (SD-3), Christine Marsh (SD-4), Lela Alston (SD-5), Teresa Hatahtlie (SD-6), Kyle Nitchke (SD-7), Juan Mendez (SD-8), Eva Burch (SD-9), Mitzi Epstein (SD-12), Cindy Hans (SD-13), Taylor Kirby (SD-16), Mike Nickerson (SD-17), Priya Sundareshan (SD-18), Sally Ann Gonzalez (SD-20), Rosanna Gabaldon (SD-21), Diego Espinoza (SD-22), Brian Fernandez (SD-23), Anna Hernandez (SD-24), Raquel Teran (SD-26) and David Sandoval (SD-28).
HRC’s Arizona State House endorsements include: Cathy Ransom (HD-1), Neil Sinclair (HD-1), Judy Schwiebert (HD-2), Laura Terech (HD-4), Amish Shah (HD-5), Jennifer Longdon (HD-5), Mae Peshlaki (HD-6), Myron Tsosie (HD-6), Athena Salman (HD-8), Melody Hernandez (HD-8), Lorena Austin (HD-9), Seth Blattman (HD-9), Helen Hunter (HD-10), Marcelino Quinonez (HD-11), Oscar De Los Santos (HD-11), Patty Contreras (HD-12), Stacey Travers (HD-12), Jennifer Pawlik (HD-13), Brandy Reese (HD-14), Keith Seaman (HD-16), Taylor Kerby (HD-16), Dana Allmond (HD-17), Brian Radford (HD-17), Nancy Gutierrez (HD-18), Christoper Mathis (HD-18), Sanda Clark (HD-19), Alma Hernandez (HD-20), Andres Cano (HD-20), Stephanie Stahl Hamilton (HD-21), Consuelo Hernandez (HD-21), Leezah Elsa Sun (HD-22), Lupe Contreras (HD-22), Jesus Lugo (HD-23), Mariana Sandoval (HD-23), Analise Ortiz (HD-24), Lydia Hernandez (HD-24), Flavio Bravo (HD-26), Cesar Aguilar (HD-26), Stephanie Holbrook (HD-28) and Scott Podeyn (HD-29).
HRC’s Commitment to Arizona
Equality Voters, including the 1.3 million in Arizona, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse, and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than candidates or political parties.
HRC has had staff and resources on the ground in Arizona since 2017. Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC staff on the ground recruited 5,800 individual volunteers nationwide who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in more than 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in robust digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent. HRC sent over 2.5 million mail pieces, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters, and engaged more than 200,000 voters through HRC’s voter dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
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