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November 9, 2023
EMILYs List Endorses Marlene Galán-Woods for Congress in AZ-01
Phoenix, AZ – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Marlene Galán-Woods for Arizona’s 1st congressional district and 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,” said Jessica Mackler, EMILYs List interim President. “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.”
“I am so excited to have the support of EMILYs List,” said Marlene Galán-Woods. “Arizona needs fighters in Congress, and I will work tirelessly to protect a woman’s right to choose and deliver for Arizona families. EMILYs list has been on the frontlines to advocate for women and their families for years and I am honored to have them behind me in this race.”
EMILYs List is the latest endorser to throw their support behind Galán-Woods, including Congressman Raúl Grijalva, BOLD PAC, Elect Democratic Women, and Attorney General Kris Mayes.
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.