It has been an exciting time in Arizona as we’ve seen reproductive rights advocates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Mark Kelley be elected for President, Vice-President, and Senator of Arizona. For our state-level races, we have proudly seen Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona (PPAA) endorsed candidates Gabby Cázares-Kelly be elected as the first ever Indigenous person for county-wide office in Pima County as their Recorder, Judy Schwiebert elected for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 20 and Christine Marsh elected for Arizona Senate for Legislative District 28. In addition, this year at PPAA, we endorsed a plethora of school board candidates that are advocates for honest and accurate, age-appropriate, sex education and the majority of them won their races as well.
We at PPAA are looking forward to the beginning of a new chapter with these champions in their respective offices. However, although we continue to celebrate these wins, we must also acknowledge that the election results at the statewide-level have been bittersweet. This election cycle did not yield a reproductive rights majority in the Arizona State Senate and House of Representatives, meaning there is still much more work ahead to ensure Arizonans have access to safe, legal abortion. Nevertheless, Arizona’s future is bright, and due to two city council candidates not winning an outright majority in their races, we still have time to elect a reproductive rights majority in the Phoenix City Council this election cycle. We at PPAA have proudly endorsed Yassamin Ansari for Phoenix City Council in District 7 who will be a contender in the Arizona runoff1 races March 9th, 2021.
It is imperative we elect a leader who will prioritize reproductive rights issues, making Ansari the clear choice for the Phoenix City Council District 7 runoff race. Help us elect Ansari this March and then join us in setting our sights on the 2022 election cycle to ensure we have a reproductive rights majority in every elected office.
Yassamin Ansari for Phoenix City Council, Legislative District 7
Yassamin Ansari is an Arizona native, the daughter of immigrants, a Stanford graduate, and an internationally recognized climate leader. Previously, Ansari served as a senior climate advisor at the United Nations, helping to deliver the historic Paris Climate Agreement and leading several global climate action summits. For her work in law and policy, Ansari was recently recognized by Forbes as 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy.
Now, Ansari is running for the Phoenix City Council on a platform that prioritizes local climate action, creating good jobs and economic development, public safety, and immigrant and racial justice. Her campaign has been endorsed by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Congressman Greg Stanton, Congressman Ruben Gallego, and organizations including the Arizona Building and Trades Construction Council, the Sunrise Movement, and many others. She has raised a record-breaking $410,000+ toward her campaign so far, and reached District 7 residents more than 100,000 times through a robust voter contact program.