Marco Lopez

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger


On March 16, 2021, Lopez became the first candidate to announce his campaign for the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election. In 2001, Lopez served as mayor of Nogales, Arizona, earning the distinction of “America’s youngest mayor”. In December 2003, Lopez was appointed by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as the Executive Director of the Arizona-Mexico commission. He also served as senior advisor to Governor Napolitano and later the Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. Lopez was appointed to serve as the Chief of Staff for united customs and border protections under President Obama. Both of Lopez’s parents are Mexican immigrants. He studied liberal studies and political science at the University of Arizona. Lopez is a licensed pilot.

Key Issues


Lopez believes that the filibuster must end.


Lopez wants to bring high speed internet to everyone in Arizona to increase jobs and education. He also wants to implement an “Arizona plan” to create more apprenticeship and certification programs that would bring new manufacturing and technology jobs to the state. Health care: Lopez wants to ensure that all Arizonans have access to affordable health care.


Lopez has not received any major endorsements yet.