Last night Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court, 52-48. More than 60 million votes have already been cast across the country, and the majority of Americans wanted the winner of the election to select the next justice. The Senate majority has ignored them. Instead of addressing the spread of COVID-19 and its ongoing health and economic consequences, they have shamefully turned their backs on their constituents and rushed to confirm a Supreme Court nominee who could threaten our health and rights for generations. The entire process to confirm Amy Coney Barrett was illegitimate. Nevertheless, our fight isn’t over.
Your vote already mattered, but now it’s crucial to ensure we have a legislature that will protect your health care and right to reproductive freedom. Your vote has the power to remove the Senate majority that has betrayed the American people. Now more than ever, we need people in public office who listen to the needs and priorities of the people they represent. We at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona have proudly endorsed candidates for public office that stand for:
- Access to abortion,
- Access to health care,
- Racial justice,
- Keeping families together,
- Inclusive, age-appropriate, nondiscriminatory comprehensive sexuality health education,
- LGBTQ equality, and
- Funding for reproductive health care services.
Today, we are featuring endorsed candidates Doug Ervin and Christine Marsh running for Arizona Senate, in districts 20 and 28, and Judy Schwiebert for House of Representatives in district 20.
We are one week away from the 2020 general election. Make your plan and vote.
Abortion is on the 2020 ballot. Here are some voter guides to help you make sure you’re voting for candidates who will help protect abortion access:
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Official 2020 Voter Guide
What about Judges? Normally, PPAA does not weigh in on judicial races but 2020 is a year of critical circumstances and high-stakes situations. In the fight to protect the citizen-led ballot initiative process and help fund public education, we are supporting the effort to oust Judge Christopher Coury, whom you may remember as the judge that temporarily kicked the Invest in ED, Prop 208 off the ballot. His inflammatory rhetoric and courtroom behavior merit a NO vote on Judge Coury.
Doug Ervin for Senate - LD 20
Doug Ervin understands the value and importance of education and fiscal responsibility, having to pay his way through night school to earn his Accounting degree. Over the years Ervin has volunteered with multiple educational, environmental, and community organizations including as a tutor for second-graders at a local public school. These pursuits are what led him to become involved with local politics. If elected as state senator, he wants to restore fiscal responsibility so that we can invest in public education to set students up for success in our economy and create good paying jobs in our community. Ervin believes Arizonans should have access to quality affordable healthcare and is driven to create a renewable and clean Arizona for future generations to come.
Judy Schwiebert for House - LD 20
Judy Schwiebert has spent her life in LD 20 as the mom of two successful now-adult sons, a teacher for 27 years at Cactus and Greenway High Schools, and a community leader. A teacher, co-founder of Theater Works, church board member, and community center director, she knows that we all do better when every student gets a quality education, and everyone gets their chance to thrive. Schwiebert knows and shares the priorities of the people of our district. This is her home. As their representative, Schwiebert will continue to listen and work together to address the issues that are important to our families, including restoring school funding, ensuring quality affordable healthcare, and fostering good-paying jobs. Learn more about Judy Schwiebert and her campaign here.
Christine Marsh for Senate - LD 28
Christine Marsh is a proud Phoenician and graduate of Arizona public schools. After attending UCLA on a track scholarship, she made the decision to come back home to Phoenix, where she raised her two sons and six foster children and where she has just completed her 28th year as an English teacher.
In 2016, after over two decades of teaching, Marsh was honored to be named Arizona’s Teacher of the Year. Through that experience, she had the opportunity to travel the state and see first-hand the issues that public schools face. In the process, she saw how one-party rule has stifled positive change at the legislature and left vulnerable populations at risk. This is why Marsh first ran for State Senate in 2018, when she came within 267 votes out of over 90,000. She is running in 2020 to move the state of Arizona forward and to tackle the many challenges we face in the years to come, challenges like securing access to trained medical professionals and ensuring equality under the law. Learn more about Christine Marsh here.
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