We celebrated a historic night during this year's primary as many of our endorsed candidates secured their spots on the ballot for November’s general election. These wins prove that Arizona voters are prioritizing electing public servants that both protect reproductive freedom and represent all of our communities. Lifelong Tucsonan, Representative Alma Hernandez, and former DREAMer and State Senate candidate, Lynsey Robinson, both embody the current and growing demographics within Arizona. We at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona are proud to endorse Hernandez for reelection and Robinson for election. Now is the time to look forward as we continue the work ahead that will ensure these nominees take their offices in January.
Representative Alma Hernandez – Legislative District 3
Representative Alma Hernandez is running for reelection to the Arizona House of Representatives in District 3. She was born and raised on the south side of Tucson and is the youngest and first ever Jewish Latina lawmaker to be elected in Arizona. Rep. Hernandez is a proud product of Sunnyside School District’s Public Schools. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in Public Health at the University of Arizona and received further public health training from John Hopkins.
Rep. Hernandez is an outspoken activist for issues on education, women’s rights, and health care. Her humanitarian work includes traveling to countries such as Ghana and Panama, where she helped provide medical and public health services through free clinics. In 2019, she led Arizonans United for Healthcare, and worked to defeat the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, where she organized protests in Tucson and Washington D.C. In her hometown of Tucson, Rep. Hernandez has worked with Powersource Tucson as the program coordinator of Bridging the Gap, a program that helps women living with HIV/AIDS.
Lynsey Robinson – State Senate – Legislative District 12
Lynsey Robinson is seeking her first term as State Senator for legislative district 12. She is a firm believer that Arizona needs better servant leadership that will put people ahead of politics. Robinson has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Albany, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix, and a Juris Doctorate from Phoenix School of Law, now known as Arizona Summit Law School. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Robinson is a former DREAMer who, while in law school, participated in one of the largest immigration fairs in Phoenix to help DREAMers complete and file deferred action petitions. She is also a former public-school teacher, which is where she solidified her belief that public schools are underfunded and teachers underpaid. A product of public education herself, she credits her successes to having had a quality education. Her stance now is that quality education is essential for children to reach their full potential and for our country to remain competitive in the world. She believes that for Arizona to succeed, public schools must receive appropriate funding to deal with the demands of our growing demographics.
Robinson has also served as a staff attorney for Legal Aid, working for some of the most vulnerable members of our communities from senior citizens and veterans to survivors of domestic violence. She is committed to serving the people in her district and believes that in order to effectuate change, we as a people must elect those who act with honesty, integrity, and accountability.