Tucson, AZ – Today, congressional candidate Daniel Hernandez announced he brought in just under $240,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter, bringing his total raised to more than $500,000 in his campaign to represent southern Arizona in Congress. Daniel has received the endorsement of Latino Victory Fund, LGBTQ Victory Fund, Equality PAC and Pro-Israel America. Daniel is proud to have the support of three unions including the Boilermakers 627, Laborers 1184, and the Arizona Federation of Teachers. His campaign has also been endorsed by four members of Congress — Representatives Ritchie Torres, Norma Torres, Mark Takano, and David Cicilline. Daniel’s broad support and proven ability to fundraise, show he is well positioned to secure the Democratic nomination and compete in the general election.
“I am humbled by the outpouring of support I have received since joining this race,” said Hernandez. “To have gotten my start in Congresswoman Giffords’ office as an intern and now be able to compete to keep this seat in Democratic hands has meant so much to me. Each investment in this campaign, big and small, will ensure voters hear our message of expanding access to health care and creating economic opportunities right here in Southern Arizona.”
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.