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October 27th, 2023
Elect Democratic Women Endorses Marlene Galán-Woods
Phoenix, AZ — Today, Elect Democratic Women endorsed Marlene Galán-Woods in her bid for AZ-01 and released the following statement:
“Marlene has proven herself to be a trusted voice in her community, a tenacious fighter, and a laser-focused advocate for children,” said Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Chair of Elect Democratic Women. “As a broadcast journalist, Marlene dedicated her career to exposing corruption and holding Arizona leaders accountable for their actions. She has been an outspoken advocate for a woman’s right to choose, a champion for Arizona’s children, and a staunch protector of Democracy. Her unwavering dedication to improving the lives of Arizona’s women and families makes her the ideal choice to represent Arizona’s 1st Congressional District in Congress and EDW is proud to endorse her candidacy.”
“I am so grateful for EDW’s support in this race. There are many reasons why I made the necessary decision to run for Congress, but ultimately, I couldn’t stand on the sidelines while the Supreme Court stripped away the rights of my daughter and every woman in this country,” Galán-Woods said. “We need strong leaders in Congress who will fight for policies to support women and their families, and I am the woman for the job. I am honored to have the endorsement of Elect Democratic Women and am looking forward to serving alongside the strong women in Congress to ensure my district’s needs are met.”
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.