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CONTACT: Aditi Katti
June 22, 2023
Phoenix, AZ — Today former Congresswoman and Moms Fed Up PAC founder Ann Kirkpatrick endorsed Marlene Galán-Woods for Congress and released the following statement:
“I’m excited to endorse Marlene Galán-Woods for Arizona’s first congressional district. Marlene, a dedicated mother of five, is a fierce defender of women’s reproductive freedom, champion for Arizona’s children, and an advocate for working families,” Kirkpatrick said. “As a former journalist, Marlene has a proven track record of exposing corruption and holding the powerful accountable. She is the voice we need in Congress to improve the lives of all Arizonans.”
“I’ve long admired former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick’s record of service and accomplished tenure in Congress,” Galán-Woods said. “Her dedication to speaking truth to power, defending our freedoms, pushing for climate action, and advocating for gun violence prevention not only benefited Arizonans but laid the foundation for future generations. That’s why Congresswoman Kirkpatrick’s support means so much — she understands the critical importance of electing more women, especially more moms, to office because we will always fight for a better future for our kids. I am immensely grateful for the support from Congresswoman Kirkpatrick and the Moms Fed Up PAC — we’ll work together to ensure Arizona’s families are healthy, happy, and secure.”
Arizona’s First Congressional District has been identified as one of the top pickup opportunities for Democrats to flip the House of Representatives. The Cook Political Report has rated this district a toss-up and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named AZ-01 as one of their top priorities this cycle.
Marlene Galán Woods is a 35-year Arizona resident, former broadcast journalist and mother of five children. Her parents fled communist Cuba looking for a better life for their children. Their risk paid off when Marlene moved to Arizona in the 1980s— it’s where she began her career as a broadcast journalist, where she met the love of her life, and where they would raise a family together.
While Marlene’s late husband, Grant Woods, served as Arizona’s Attorney General, Marlene was exposing corruption and holding the powerful accountable during her 20-year journalism career.
Outside of their respective careers, Marlene and Grant were dedicated to improving the lives of Arizona children, from serving on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley to spearheading a local tennis tournament that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help underserved kids to helping found the Phoenix Children’s Museum. She is running to be Arizona’s voice — to represent our priorities and protect our freedoms. She will be the courageous, truthful leader Arizona has earned.
Though Marlene’s philanthropic efforts have focused on improving the lives of Arizona’s children, she has a passion for preserving and expanding the individual freedoms of all Arizonans.
She is a lifelong supporter of a woman’s right to choose and couldn’t stand by idly watching ongoing attacks on our voting rights.
In 2022, Marlene chaired the campaign of Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, and led a group of former journalists in calling out Republican candidates, namely Kari Lake, for their attacks on the media while spreading disinformation. Marlene’s dedication to the preservation of our democracy was recognized by Governor Katie Hobbs’ who invited Marlene to serve on her transition committee.