Marco Lopez

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Non-incumbent

Background

Marco Lopez graduated from the University of Arizona where he studied liberal studies and political science. Lopez served as mayor of Nogales, Arizona at 22 years old, one of America’s youngest mayors. Under former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, Lopez served as the Executive Director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, a senior advisor, and the Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. Lopez was appointed to serve as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Customs and Border Protection under President Obama’s administration. Lopez has worked with business advisory companies serving as the founder Intermestic Partners and president and CEO of International Business Solutions, where the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Man of the Year business award in 2019. Lopez has also worked on the SkyBridge Project which is expected to create 15,000 jobs through exporting products to Mexico. During the pandemic, his businesses donated Personal Protective Equipment to workers. Lopez is the child of two Mexican immigrants who are both small business owners.

Key Issues

Education

Lopez supports increasing apprenticeship and certification programs.  He has already worked to bring high-speed internet to everyone in Arizona to decrease the digital divide with his small business in 2011[1].

Jobs

Lopez wants to create new manufacturing and technology jobs for more products to be “Made in Arizona”[1, 2]. Lopez also supports a $15 minimum wage and investigating pay equity at the state government level[4]. As the mayor of Nogales, Lopez worked with surrounding cities to increase jobs.

Border Policy

 In Lopez previous positions including the Chief of Staff of Customs and Border Protection, he focused on security while allowing for the efficient movement of goods and people across the border[1].

Health care

Lopez wants to ensure that all Arizonans have access to affordable health care[1].

Endorsements

Latino Victory, Chicanos Por La Causa Action Fund

Sources

1 https://marcolopez.com 

2 https://www.azmirror.com/blog/marco-lopez-business-consultant-and-ex-napolitano-aide-running-for-arizona-governor/ 

3 https://www.kold.com/2021/03/16/marco-lopez-announces-campaign-arizona-governor/ 

4 https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2022/01/03/arizona-democrat-marco-lopez-announces-1-million-raised-governor/9073317002/ 

5 https://chamberbusinessnews.com/2019/05/01/business-leaders-honored-for-positive-impact-to-latino-communities/ 

6 https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2022/02/09/voto-latino-launches-campaign-replace-sinema-2024/6669605001/ 

7 https://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cplc-action-fund-endorses-marco-lopez-for-governor