Marquez Peterson, Lea

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Corporation Commissioner
Political Affiliation:
(520) 331-3763
MBA, Pepperdine University; BSBA, University of Arizona
Biographical Info:

Lea Márquez Peterson was appointed in 2019 and elected statewide during the 2020 election cycle. She has spent her time on the Commission holding utilities accountable and fighting for affordable, reliable energy.

As the only Commissioner based outside of the Phoenix area, Lea has worked diligently to provide financial relief for customers and ensure energy reliability. She recently voted in support of more than $200 million dollars in revenue reductions in the APS rate case to save money for ratepayers.
Lea served as the Chairwoman of the Commission from 2020 to 2022 and led initiatives to rebate $40 million dollars to customers of APS and TEP during the pandemic, created an energy reliability summit to ensure utilities are prepared for Arizona’s hottest days and hosted meetings of the Commission to discuss the California rolling blackouts and its impact on Arizona’s energy and utility prices.

She is a champion for advanced nuclear technologies and co-chairs a national nuclear taskforce. Additionally, she has hosted multi agency workshops to improve the status of small water utilities throughout the state to ensure water reliability and affordability for Arizonans.


I have been honored to serve ratepayers throughout the state of Arizona over the last five years as a Corporation Commissioner. During my service, I have fought for the most affordable rates for ratepayers and worked to keep utilities accountable. I would like to continue in service and commit to hold public office with integrity and transparency as my priorities.


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.
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.
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