Helping her fellow Arizonans is the fuel that drives Lea Marquez Peterson. A former owner and operator of gas stations and convenience stores, she knows better than anyone the challenges facing today’s business owners: excessive taxes, crippling regulations, and unnecessary obstacles standing in the way of job creation. Lea and her family share the concerns of so many other families across the nation, be it securing the borders against human and drug traffickers, fixing our broken health care system, or taking care of our veterans and their families.
Lea serves as President and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and her leadership has made a real impact in her community. Appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to co-chair the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade, and serving on the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, she knows what Arizona business owners need to succeed in the Grand Canyon state. But she also knows what American businesses need. As a prior appointee to the National Women's Business Council, Lea advised the President, Congress, and the Small Business Administration on the issues facing women-owned small businesses. And to round out her business bona fides, Lea sits on the National Board for The Latino Coalition of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Backed by an impressive resume and a passion for helping others, this accomplished businesswoman now seeks election in Arizona’s 2nd District.
Lea knows what small businesses need to succeed. After becoming the President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Lea helped grow the organization to include over 1800 members. She works with those businesses to make sure they have the tools they need to grow and be successful, and will bring that same knowledge and passion to Washington.
Lea wants to make sure our borders are secure while also allowing Arizona businesses to thrive. What do stronger borders mean to Lea? She told the Arizona Daily Star: “A wall could certainly be a part, along with increased technology, more Border Patrol at the border, along with balancing that with Custom agents at the border to enhance trade.”