Tucson, AZ – Two major Arizona labor unions endorsed Democrat Daniel Hernandez in his historic bid for Congress in Arizona’s Second Congressional District. Hernandez earned the endorsements of Laborers Local 1184 and the Arizona Federation of Teachers.
These early endorsements are a reflection of Hernandez’s career-long commitment to Arizona’s working families, and this campaign for congress’s early momentum. Hernandez’s viral launch video for his campaign has already received a quarter of a million views online.
“Arizona workers are the engine and backbone of our economy, and during this pandemic they have set an example of grit and excellence,” said Daniel Hernandez. “As a school board president, I worked to empower teachers. And in the state legislature, I’ve fought to protect and expand the right to organize for all Arizona workers. In Congress, I’ll continue to stand with Arizona workers to raise wages, root out discrimination, and create jobs that support working families.”
“We are proud to endorse Daniel in his campaign to represent Arizona’s Second Congressional District,” said Laborers Local 1184 Business Manager Michael Dea. “Daniel believes in protecting workers’ right to organize and he has been a fighter for the working families of Southern Arizona in the Arizona House. The men and women of Laborers Local 1184 are excited to help elect Daniel to Congress because we know he will continue to fight for us there as well.”
“Daniel Hernandez’s commitment to Arizona’s students and public schools is deep — and it’s backed up by his track record as a public servant fighting for high-quality public education,” said Arizona Federation of Teachers Executive Director Misty Arthur. “As the youngest-ever president of the Sunnyside Unified School Board, Daniel oversaw major investments in classrooms, including to promote equity in our schools. And in the Arizona legislature, Daniel worked across the aisle to secure over $20 million for Arizona schools to expand vital social and emotional supports to students and families. Daniel Hernandez is a tested leader and trusted friend of Arizona students, teachers, and their families, and the Arizona Federation of Teachers is proud to endorse Daniel for Congress.”
Daniel was born and raised in Tucson, his mother an immigrant from Mexico who came to the U.S. where she met Daniel’s father. A first-generation college student, Daniel attended the University of Arizona when he interned for then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and was there on the day of the tragic attack on her life which resulted in 6 deaths and 13 people injured. Daniel was the first to administer first aid to the Congresswoman before the EMTs arrived and was named a national hero by President Obama.
Inspired by Congresswoman Giffords’s commitment to public service, Daniel went on to advocate for access to reproductive health care and education as program manager for Raíz, Planned Parenthood’s Latino outreach program. He was also elected to his local school board, where he became the youngest school board president in the district’s history.
Since 2017, Daniel has served in the Arizona State House from District 2 and is a co-founder of the House LGBTQ caucus. In the House, he has worked with both Republicans and Democrats to pass bills protecting survivors of sexual assault and secure $20 million for school resource officers, counselors, and social workers. He also led the fight against legislation that would discriminate against LGBTQ Arizonans.
To learn more about Daniel please visit www.danielhernandezforcongress.com.