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Candidate Endorsement Process

About Candidate Endorsements:

Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte endorses candidates and works to elect lawmakers who will support comprehensive sexual health education, reproductive health, and rights. PPAMM is a non‐partisan organization that endorses and partners with candidates and elected officials who support a full range of reproductive care regardless of political party or affiliation.

Endorsement Process

For candidates running in the General election in the PPAMM service region, you may complete one of the following online questionnaires for either California or Nevada.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and its advocacy arm, PPAMM, are the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate and affiliate advocacy organization in the country. With 42 counties in total, PPAMM prioritizes local candidate endorsements in races with jurisdiction over PPMM health centers and services.

Want to know if your race is eligible for endorsement? For local government, PPAMM endorses in school board, city council, county commission or supervisorial district, district attorney and sheriff in communities with a PPMM health center. You can view the service area map here to confirm if your race is eligible.

If you are running for office in a special district or in a community without a PPMM health center, you are still welcome to participate in the candidate questionnaire to illustrate your support. You will then be permitted to use your score in your campaign materials; however, only endorsed candidates are approved to use the PPAMM logo in their collateral. All candidates who participate in the questionnaire will be included in the PPAMM voter guide.

Questionnaire for California Candidates

Questionnaire for Nevada Candidates

Election candidates will be interviewed as needed. Endorsements will be made available through our online PPAMM Voter Guide. PPAMM will consider candidates for early endorsement on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to be considered for early endorsement, please email PPAMM staff or [email protected].

Committee Review:  Candidate questionnaires are reviewed and scored by PPAMM staff and Board of Directors. Only candidates with a 100% score on the questionnaire will be considered for endorsement. While a 100% score is required for consideration, the Board will also consider candidate viability and public positions on issues important to reproductive health care like advancing racial equity and social justice.

Additionally, PPAMM often calls on elected officials to support policy that effects health center operations and patients’ lives. While we do not automatically endorse incumbents, their history of standing with PPMM and in support of Planned Parenthood’s mission will be considered in the endorsement process.

In‐person Interviews: Candidate interviews are not required for all races and are considered on a case-by-case basis as determined by staff and Board Directors.

Board Review & Voter Guide: PPAMM Board Directors will review staff recommendations and vote for final endorsement. All endorsements and candidate questionnaire scores will be made public and available online via the PPAMM Voter Guide.

PPAMM Candidate Questionnaire

PPAMM endorsements and 100% ratings are issued for the current election cycle only and are revocable at any time. Previously endorsed or recognized candidates must apply for endorsement or recognition each time they run. Candidates are encouraged to contact PPAMM staff at [email protected].

A note for candidates for federal office:

Candidates for federal office will receive endorsements from the national action fund, Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF). However, Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte can make endorsement recommendations to Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Please reach out to [email protected] for any questions or to schedule a meeting.

Candidate endorsement process for federal races:

Prior to endorsement, all candidates must be interviewed by national Action Fund staff. Only candidates who score 100% on the Federal Candidate Questionnaire ‐‐ or incumbents who score 100% on the Congressional Candidate Scorecard ‐‐ are eligible for endorsement.