She is now running in her own right for Congress in CD 2.
In 2016, for the first time in the organization’s 38-year history, the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorsed a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. In a first, the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorses Hillary Clinton.
The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce did not endorse a presidential candidate, but the group’s president and CEO said she understood why the national group would do so. US Hispanic Chamber Backs Clinton; Tucsonan Understands:
“We’re in an interesting position because as business owners and business leaders, which the majority of our 1,800 members are, you tend to want to look to a government that is a little more limited, it’s not adding regulations, it’s concerned for business taxation, and that is certainly top of mind for us,” said Lea Marquez-Peterson.
On the other hand, she said she understands social issues can be equally important.
“I think anyone would realize that some of the comments that have been very divisive that Donald Trump has made have resonated in a negative way with the Hispanic community,” she said.
Lea Márquez Peterson is still trying to separate herself from Donald Trump in a recent interview in Politico, ‘Separate the man from the policy’: How one Republican woman runs for Congress in the Trump age:
With Donald Trump as president, it’s not easy running for Congress as a Republican woman this year.
For Lea Márquez Peterson, who’s a GOP primary contender in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, that means having to develop a strategy that both embraces the president’s policies and distances herself from him personally.