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EMILYs List Endorses Marlene Galán-Woods for Election to Arizona’s 1st Congressional District

November 9, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Marlene Galán-Woods for election to Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. EMILYs List Interim President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“Arizona’s 1st Congressional District is ready for change — and for a representative who will truly advocate for their rights. Marlene Galán-Woods will be a powerful force for reproductive freedom and democracy in Congress, and she will take the same dedication and tenacity she has shown throughout her career to Washington and be an advocate for Arizonans. EMILYs List is proud to endorse Galán-Woods because we know she’s the only candidate in this race who has what it takes to fight back against anti-choice extremism and deliver results for Arizonans.”

Marlene Galán-Woods is a former broadcast journalist and 35-year Arizona resident who has spent her career serving Arizona’s women, children, and families. Galán-Woods’ family fled communism in Cuba to start a new life in America, and she became a broadcast journalist focusing on exposing corruption and holding leaders accountable. Her late husband, Grant Woods, served as Arizona’s attorney general from 1991 to 1999, and Galán-Woods and her husband invested in their community for many years by promoting arts, sports, and education for Phoenix’s youth. In 2022, Galán-Woods served as the campaign chair for now-Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes and was at the forefront of protecting democracy while state Republicans spread disinformation about the election. She also served on the transition committee for Gov. Katie Hobbs and is committed to continuing to help move Arizona forward in Congress.

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.