Raquel Terán- Candidate for Arizona House of Representatives District 30, AZ
Educational and professional background: Raquel serves as the Arizona Campaign Director for ISTANDWITHPP, a Planned Parenthood campaign fighting to protect the Affordable Healthcare Act and women’s reproductive rights.
For the last twelve years Raquel has been a vocal and active community advocate for civil, labor, immigrant, women’s rights, healthcare for all, and has mobilized Arizonans through civic engagement and community organizing. Her efforts were used to rally against the injustices faced at the hands of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and SB1070 author, State Senate President Russell Pearce - resulting in Pearce’s recall and Arpaio’s reelection defeat.
She recently was the Regional Director for Mi Familia Vota’s Education Fund an organization committed to increasing civic participation in the Latino community through grassroots mobilization and is considered the premier Latino civic engagement organization in the country. Raquel oversaw the operations in Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada.
Currently, Raquel serves on the Board of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) , a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for Arizona’s population through housing, education and workforce development. As the chair of the advocacy committee for the organization, Raquel saw through the development of the C(4) arm of CPLC. Raquel also serves on the Arizona Center for Empowerment board committed to itizenship, civic engagement, wage equality, protection of public education, immigrant rights advocacy and health care.
Raquel has been recognized with “Activist of the Year” by the Isaac Amaya Foundation, Arizona Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce’s 40 under 40, New American Leaders Project Courage to Run Award,and was Las Adelitas Woman of the Year 2014. Prior to working for Planned Parenthood Arizona, the organization recognized her during their annual luncheon for her tireless work in civic and community engagement.
Top campaign issues: Investments in Safe Neighborhood Public Schools Vibrant Economic Growth and Quality Jobs Quality Healthcare for All
Fun fact: Raquel grew up on the US/Mexico Border. Raquel’s favorite color is red.