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Breaking: LUCHA Backed Candidates Achieved Major Victories In Tonight’s AZ Primary!

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

PHOENIX — Earlier this year, our endorsement committee voted to support a slate of progressive candidates up and down the ballot. These candidates are grounded in their communities, dedicated to fighting for justice, and advocating for those most impacted by the issues we face today. We want to thank all of our endorsed candidates for running passionate campaigns and fighting for LUCHA values.

With major electoral victories in Maricopa County, Pima County, and Southern Arizona for candidates like State Rep Raquel Terán, State Senator Juan Mendez and State Representative Athena Salman, Gabby Cazares-Kelly for Pima County Recorder, Adelita Grijalva for Pima County Supervisor, and State Representative and House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez, one thing is clear. We have made some historic gains, and have set the groundwork for historic victories in key seats across the state of Arizona!

Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic we have seen record-level turnout from the community. Per the Arizona Secretary of State over 700,556 voters showed up to vote by mail or in person, and in Pima County over 160,000 ballots were cast with still all precincts outstanding! Across the state, there has been a rejection of politicians funded by Dark Money Super PACs. Latinx and youth turned out by the hundreds of thousands in Arizona, they are single-handedly reshaping the electorate and will play a pivotal role in turning AZ #LUCHABLUE in November.

Tomas Robles, Co-Executive Director:

“Today’s historic election has showcased the power that our LUCHA members, supporters, and volunteers have created across the state over the last four years since the passing of Prop. 206. We have endorsed a slate of candidates that believe in Co Governance, and are not beholden to large corporations that fund Dark Money PACs. Our fight to turn Arizona LUCHA Blue in 2020 has incredible energy and passion that will take us into November’s presidential elections and beyond.

Alejandra Gomez, Co-Executive Director:

“This important primary election was held during unprecedented times. Despite COVID-19, community grassroots efforts by our members have continued. In Arizona, we have the opportunity to elect strong progressives up and down the ballot. Our endorsed candidates will work tirelessly for our communities and help us navigate through this crisis. With less than 100 days before the November election, LUCHA members will double their efforts and continue to register people to vote, and organize our community to the polls on November 3rd!”

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