MoveOn Members in Arizona Vote Overwhelmingly to Endorse Hiral Tipirneni (AZ-08) for Congress

Members of Political Action in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District have voted overwhelmingly to endorse Hiral Tipirneni for Congress. In Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, 99% of votes cast by MoveOn members were in favor of backing Tipirneni.

MoveOn’s endorsement comes ahead of the April 24 special election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

“MoveOn is focused on winning a progressive majority in the House in 2019, and that includes supporting Democratic candidates running on populist and inclusive platforms everywhere Democrats are ready to compete,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of Political Action. “Hiral Tipirneni will help steer the Democratic Party in a more progressive direction in 2019 and beyond with support for priorities including Medicare for All, the Dream Act, and other economic and racial justice issues.”

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni isn’t a career politician. As an emergency room doctor, she knows first hand the life and death consequences of health care policy. As an immigrant, she’s living proof of the American Dream and understands how immigration laws impact our families. And as an advocate for cancer research, she’s a proven problem solver and someone who will protect Social Security and push to expand Medicare to cover everyone.

The contrast between Tipirneni and her Republican opponent, Debbie Lasko, couldn’t be more clear. And in races across the country, progressives are winning shocking upsets in traditionally Republican districts just like AZ-08. has 7,200 members in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, who will mobilize to volunteer and vote for Tipirneni.

Here’s what a few MoveOn members in Arizona’s 8th District had to say about Tipirneni:

“Dr. Hiral is smart, dedicated, and is passionate about education. She has three children who have all attended public school, and believes our public schools should be safe, fully funded and not decimated to pay for charter schools. She also believes in common-sense gun regulations and would restore honor to our district.” – Cate from Glendale, AZ

“Doctor Hiral Tipirneni is fighting to protect mine and my wife’s Social Security and Medicare from the massive cuts that Trump and the Republicans want to steal from the [Social Security] and Medicare Trust Funds to balance their deficit budget having cut taxes for the 1% and corporations.” – Wayne from Sun City West, AZ

This cycle, MoveOn members have also endorsed seven Senate candidates: progressives Tammy Baldwin (WI) and Sherrod Brown (OH), who are running for reelection in states Trump won; Beto O’Rourke (TX); as well as progressive champions Mazie Hirono (HI), Chris Murphy (CT), Bernie Sanders (VT), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) for reelection. MoveOn members have also endorsed Chuy García (IL4) and Veronica Escobar (TX16), Conor Lamb (PA18), and Gina Ortiz Jones (TX23) for Congress, and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (GA).

In 2017 and 2018 to date, MoveOn members have contributed $1.5 million to candidates—including $250,000 for Senator-elect Doug Jones (AL) and $620,000 for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (MA) reelection. In 2016, MoveOn members raised $1.2 million for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, mobilized volunteers, and ran ads in support of endorsed candidates. Political Action represents the collective will of MoveOn’s members at the ballot box by helping to elect progressive candidates.

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