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Resounding Debate Performance Shows that Raquel Terán is the Progressive Voice AZ-03 Needs in Congress

“I’ve been fighting for working Arizonans for over two decades. I am ready to take this fight to Washington and become Arizona’s first Latina in Congress.”


PHOENIX, AZ — Tonight, Raquel Terán proved to Phoenix that she is the only candidate ready to fight for Arizona’s Third Congressional District in Congress. Terán’s legislative record, lifelong advocacy, and deep understanding of her community distinguished her from the other candidates during this evening’s Arizona PBS debate. 


Over the last two decades, Raquel has worked as a community organizer, Planned Parenthood campaign director, state legislator, and chair of the Arizona Democratic Party to deliver results to working families in Arizona.

Against all odds, she led efforts to recall Russell Pearce, ousted Sheriff Joe Arpaio, worked to protect the Affordable Care Act, and under her leadership at the state party, Arizona Democrats won historic victories to protect democracy.


Raquel’s proven track record makes her the front-runner in the race, as she established in tonight’s debate. Her record includes: 



  • Commitment to Economic Justice:  Our economy is leaving working Arizonans  behind while greedy corporations make record profits. As a legislator, Raquel Terán championed a living wage for Arizonans and consistently led legislation to expand paid family and medical leave for working families. (Family and Medical Leave; coverage, SB1568, 2023).  She’s worked to protect renters from predatory investors and was the author of a number of housing bills.

  • Rental Housing; income source discrimination, SB1506, 2023

  • Study Committee; eviction prevention, SB1569, 2023

  • Landlord Tenant; housing assistance, SB1570, 2023

  • Landlord Tenant; evictions; forms, SB1571, 2023

  • Landlord Tenant; evictions for cause, SB1572, 2023

  • Landlord Tenant; fee disclosure waiver, SB1573, 2023

  • Landlord Tenant; evictions; assistance, SB1574, 2023

  • Homebuyer Assistance Program; SB1575, 2023

  • Short-term Rentals; vacationrentals, SCR1032, 2023

  • Extension; Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, HB2805, 2022

  • Appropriation; Housing Trust Fund; HB2806, 2022

  • Affording Housing; appropriation, SB1284, 2022


  • Work Towards Immigration Reform:  Raquel Terán picked up a clipboard with voter registration forms during the 2006 Somos America historic march in Phoenix for immigration reform and has not turned back.  She went on to serve as the state director for both Mi Familia Vota and Reform Immigration for America.  She is ready to lead a renewed focus on comprehensive immigration reform in Congress so immigrant families and youth can live a dignified life with the economic freedom to pursue good jobs, good health care, and a good education. 


  • Clarity on Climate Change: Raquel was endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters in their first round of “climate champions” because she will fight for equitable climate solutions and will not compromise her position by taking money from MAGA Republicans environment polluters. That’s why she collected signatures and campaigned for the 2018 Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona ballot initiative against powerful interests like Former Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Arizona Public Service.  In Congress, she will advocate for projects like home weatherization efforts and fight for the transition to a clean energy economy fueled by good-paying union jobs. 


A Broad Coalition of Endorsements:  She’s the only candidate in the race with key union endorsements representing over 40,000 workers in Arizona with the support from Communication Workers of America Arizona State Council, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 86, National Education Association/Arizona Education Association, Teamsters Local 104, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99.  The Arizona AFL-CIO and International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 627 have also endorsed Raquel.  Her work as an organizer, democracy champion, and coalition leader are the reasons she’s earned the support from BOLD PAC, Chicanos Por La Causa Action Fund, Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC, End Citizens United, Latino Victory Fund, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), Moms Fed Up, Poder PAC, Vote Mama PAC, and the Working Families Party.  National and state leaders like Human and Labor Rights Leader Dolores Huerta, U.S. Senator Mark Kelly, U.S. Representatives Castro, Grijalva, Leger FernándezJayapal, Pocan, Raskin, Nevada Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar, and former U.S. Representatives Barber and Kirkpatrick have all endorsed Raquel Teran.  Here is a full list of endorsements

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