Statement from Alejandra Gomez
Arizona and its communities are in the fight of their lives, facing multiple existential threats and challenges, from the political turmoil threatening our Democracy to climate change worsening drought conditions in our region. Trying to raise a family is a tall order. It is even more difficult when elected officials in Congress only serve themselves and only themselves, and not their family — the family that made the phone calls, put up the yard signs, knocked on the doors, and ultimately voted them into office.
Some are thrust into public service out of necessity for survival, while others choose to run for political office out of expediency and opportunity. Now, more than ever, our communities need experienced allies, staunch supporters, fearless leaders, and robust organizers who will, time and time again, come to bat for you and your family to deliver solutions.
Grassroots organizing has proven to be a source of power building in Arizona. Organizations like Living United for Change in Arizona have secured major electoral victories, and policy wins for the people of Arizona, from Prop 206 to defeating Trump in 2020 to electing Governor Hobbs in 2022.
However, organizations like LUCHA and many others would not exist today without the organizing prowess of Raquel Teran. Raquel organized me into the movement and pulled in many others during the fight to defeat Russell Pearce and SB1070. In that moment, we were her family - we put up the yard signs. We made the phone calls. She taught us how to organize, find our voice, and stand up for our communities.
Without Raquel’s work, we would not be here today.
Teran is a grassroots organizer at heart, and she has taken her passion for organizing to the state legislature serving since 2018 and now in her bid for Congress! Terán has never shied away from a fight. She spent her career organizing in vulnerable communities, advocating for affordable healthcare, better-funded schools, fighting against extremist bullies, and defending our Democracy.
Congress needs more organizers walking through the halls of Congress and more Representatives with deep connections to their constituents. When Raquel Teran is elected into office, she will be the first Latina organizer to be elected In all of the history of Arizona! As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Terán understands the daily challenges working families face and what needs to be done to secure a prosperous future. We know with Raquel Teran where she stands on the issues, and we entrust in her the responsibility to represent us!
About Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA):
Living United for Change in Arizona is a grassroots organization dedicated to building power with Arizona's working families. LUCHA fights for racial, economic, and social justice, striving to create a just and equitable society for all. Check us out on social media and our website for more information.