Lopez, Rene

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Corporation Commissioner
Political Affiliation:
(602) 617-1354
B.S. Nuclear Engineering. Minor in Direct Energy Conversion
My wife Jessica of 27 years and I have two children: Brianna, 24, a Ph. D Candidate at John’s Hopkins and Andrew, at U of A working towards a B.S. in Criminal Justice and will follow in My footsteps to becoming a Naval Officer.
Biographical Info:

I have lived and worked in Chandler for more than 16 years. Serving on the Chandler City Council 2015-2023 and serving as Vice Mayor twice.
I am a third generation Arizona native, graduating from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and minor in Direct Energy Conversion.
I am also a third generation U.S. Navy Veteran serving as a Naval Officer aboard submarines, honorably separating in 2000 as a Lieutenant.
In 2017 I co-founded Cece’s Hope Center that improves the lives and future of victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation by bridging the gap of services and providing holistic support.
I have an extensive 23-year career in Project Management working in Telecommunications, Energy, and Information Technology.


Upon moving back to the East Valley in 2000, I became involved in the community serving on the City of Chandler Parks and Recreation committee. I was elected to the City Council in 2014 and re-elected in 2018 serving as Vice Mayor of Chandler, twice. I also represented Chandler on Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) for six years. In 2017, I co-founded Cece’s Hope Center, a non-profit that helps young women rescued from sex-trafficking. I want to continue to serve my community further, and with my background in Energy, water and community services, I want to represent the ratepayers of Arizona as I represented the residents of Chandler, to represent and fight for and affordability and reliability of our energy and water resources.


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Interpreting the 2nd Amendment as protecting an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. S
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. O
3. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. O
4. Securing the border by preventing all illegal crossings. S
5. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. O
6. Allowing all parents to use tax credits and taxpayer funded empowerment scholarship accounts to enable their children to attend any private school, homeschool, or online academy of their choice. S
7. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. O
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. S
9. Permitting individuals and businesses to not provide services or promote ideas that violate their moral or religious beliefs. S
10. Keeping the flat income tax rate in Arizona’s state tax code. S
11. Requiring any government entity, including schools, to inform parents about their child’s physical, emotional, or mental health. S
12. Enhancing penalties for the sale and possession of fentanyl. S