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TUCSON, AZ - Yesterday, Regina Romero made history and was elected as Tucson mayor.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona (PPAA) proudly endorsed Regina Romero because she stood out as the most qualified candidate who strongly held an inspiring vision of how she will continue to build a strong, vibrant, and engaged Tucson community that includes every one of its residents. Throughout her years in both public service and local organizing, Romero steadfastly advocated for health care access, dignity, and equality for all. As the first woman and Latina mayor elected to represent Tucson, her victory is shared with Tucson residents who can now count on a champion in office who will hear their voices and defy attacks from Washington D.C. by protecting our health and rights locally right now and for future generations to come.

Tucson made it clear that reproductive freedom and social justice are key issues that energize voters, not solely with the election of Regina Romero as mayor but by electing PPAA endorsed candidates down the ballot. PPAA applauds the victories of Lane Santa Cruz for Ward 1 and Nikki Lee for Ward 4.

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

“Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona congratulates Regina Romero on her historic win. It is no surprise that someone who speaks out, rises above the fray, and defends health care and reproductive freedom would be victorious when Arizonans overwhelmingly support Planned Parenthood. Our fight for freedom and opportunity for healthy, full lives starts at the local level. With Regina as mayor along with Lane Santa Cruz and Nikki Lee at the Tucson City Council, Tucson now has women in leadership who will represent the diverse communities and neighborhoods that went to the polls and made their voices heard loud and clear that health care access, education, environmental sustainability, and the right to make decisions about their future are fundamental to our collective strength. Tucson’s election results cement that in 2020, candidates who remain silent when reproductive freedom is under attack do not stand with the majority of Arizonans and will have to face them at the polls next November!”

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