The candidate slate includes legislative candidates in an election in which Democrats are within striking distance of flipping the Arizona House and Senate.
Washington, D.C. — Ahead of Arizona’s primary election next week, Latino Victory Fund announced the endorsement of five down-ballot candidates in Arizona, a key battleground state with an impactful Latino electorate.
The candidates are Anna Tovar, Arizona Corporation Commission; Will Knight, Maricopa County Attorney; Andrés Cano, 3rd House District; Diego Rodriguez, 27th House District; and JoAnna Mendoza, 11th Senate District.
“Arizona’s Latino voters are a powerful bloc that can impact races at all levels of government and help turn the tide for Democrats in November,” said Nathalie Rayes, Latino Victory Fund president & CEO. “Our Arizona candidates are talented leaders dedicated to ensuring their communities thrive and whose inspiring campaigns are primed to energize Latino voters.”
The candidate slate also signals Latino Victory’s commitment to helping flip Arizona’s state legislature–the Democrats need three seats to flip the state Senate and two seats to flip the state House. The organization supports Arizona down-ballot candidates to increase local Latino representation and help mobilize the Latino electorate to help Democratic candidates at the top of the ticket. Arizona’s Latino population is 31 percent, and there are 1.2 million eligible voters, which accounts for 24 percent of the voter share.
Meet the Latino Victory Arizona Slate:
Anna Tovar, Arizona Corporation Commission
If elected, Tovar would be the first Latina elected to statewide office in Arizona.
Will Knight, Maricopa County Attorney
If elected, Knight would be the first Latino to be elected Maricopa County attorney.
Andrés Cano, Arizona 3rd House District
Cano is up for re-election after serving one term, during which he advocated for investment in education, access to affordable healthcare, and working families.
Diego Rodriguez, Arizona 27th House District
Rodriguez is up for re-election and will continue advocating for affordable healthcare, public school funding, and creating liveable wage jobs.
Joanna Mendoza, 11th Senate District
If elected, Mendoza would be the first Latina to represent Senate District 11. This seat would also flip red to blue.