Opinion: Want another ‘progressive’ to replace outgoing Rep. Ruben Gallego? Don’t worry. There’ll be plenty to choose from.
By Elvia Díaz | The |Arizona Republic
Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Raquel Teran, right, introduces Sen. Mark Kelly during an opening event for the first Mission for Arizona Coordinated Campaign office in Mesa on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
Want another “progressive” to replace outgoing Rep. Ruben Gallego?
Don’t worry. There’ll plenty of those to choose from.
State Sen. Raquel Terán, who has long touted her “progressive” credentials, threw her hat in the ring a day after Phoenix Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari made her bid official.
Both women are formidable candidates with the right political acumen required to get ahead in what’s expected to be a crowded field fighting for the Congressional District 3 seat.
Terán got involved in anti-SB 1070 wave
“What progressive means to me is fighting for equity, fighting for an economy that doesn’t leave people behind, fighting for solidarity, fighting for justice,” Terán told me.
Nobody can dispute that.
Terán, 45, traces her political activism to the massive marches protesting the state’s restrictive immigration laws, and she hasn’t stopped since. That anti-immigrant wave in Arizona propelled so many like her to recall the Republican architect of the infamous Senate Bill 1070, oust Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and later get elected themselves.