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PHOENIX — Last night voters made their views clear as we saw reproductive health champions secure their spots on the ballot for November’s general election. In Legislative District 27, specifically, reproductive rights champions Reginald Bolding and Diego Rodriguez handily won their critical house primaries against an anti-choice Democrat attempting to make a comeback to the state legislature. We are thrilled to see that voters came out in record numbers to show their support for an Arizona that prioritizes bodily autonomy. 

Yesterday’s election results as a whole demonstrate the unstoppable momentum driving voters to the polls to protect reproductive freedom, and prove once again that access to reproductive health care and electing public servants that represent all of our communities— are top issues heading into the general election and winning priorities for candidates. 

Statement from Lola Bovell, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona:

“We are encouraged by last night’s results because they are indicative of the change that Arizonans are ready to see. We offer our sincerest congratulations to the candidates who have secured their spot on the ballot in November and a huge thank you to every individual who stood up to run. Running for office takes courage and we respect and appreciate every person who chooses to stand up for change.” 

Now looking to November’s election PPAA is proud to support 26 candidates as they run for city, county, or state offices. Endorsed challengers and incumbents, as well as those vying for open seats, completed questionnaires and an interview process, in which they pledged to work for a range of policies to ensure that every Arizonan has equal and adequate opportunities to access health information and care, to make health care decisions free of constraint or coercion, and to control their own reproductive destiny. 

Endorsed Candidates:

  • Anna Tovar, Corporation Commission  

  • Betty Guardado, Phoenix City Council, District 5

  • Patrice Horstman, Coconino County Board of Supervisors 

  • Adelita Grijalva, Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 5 

  • Gabriella Cazares-Kelly, Pima County Recorder

  • Deborah Ann Begay, Justice of the Peace, Moon Valley 

  • Stephanie Stahl Hamilton, LD 10 House 

  • Jamie Whelan, Flagstaff Mayor 

  • Lynne King Smith, Gilbert Mayor

  • Jacqueline Smith, Maricopa Community College District, District 1 

  • Heather Ayers, Creighton Elementary School Board

  • Lindsay McCaleb, Creighton Elementary School Board

  • Sophia Ramirez, Creighton Elementary School Board

  • Paul Bixler, Liberty School Board 

  • Wanda Kolomyjec, Kyrene Elementary School Board 

  • Karen Gresham, Madison Elementary School Board 

  • Jete White, Pendergast Elementary School Board 

  • Quanta Cruz, Phoenix Elementary School Board

  • Aaron Marquez, Phoenix Union High School Board 

  • Julie Cieniawski, Scottsdale Unified School Board

  • Lisette Nunuez, Sunnyside School Board 

  • Berdetta Hodge, Tempe Union High School Board

  • Sarah Lindsay James, Tempe Union High School Board

  • Armando Montero, Tempe Union High School Board

  • Adam Ragan, Tucson Unified School Board

  • Cindy Winston, Tucson Unified School Board



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Media Contact: Planned Parenthood Arizona: [email protected]; (928) 699-2081

Planned Parenthood‘s advocacy and political arm in Arizona, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona (PPAA), is the state’s largest nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to protecting access to reproductive health care. PPAA is fighting for every person’s freedom and right to make reproductive choices, enjoy sexual health and wellbeing, and build healthy, strong families. Advocatesaz.org


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