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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio

For immediate release: September 24, 2019

Contact: Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin, [email protected], 614-586-2848

BREAKING: Planned Parenthood Endorses Local Candidates in 2019 Election

Columbus, OH – Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio (PPAO) has long endorsed candidates at the state level. Now, at this pivotal moment, PPAO has announced endorsements for candidates running this year in municipal elections across the state.

For years, Planned Parenthood and the patients they serve have been under siege from state and national leaders trying to limit or outright eliminate access to reproductive health care, including safe and legal abortion, and comprehensive sexual health education. Now more than ever it is vital that we stand with candidates who stand with Planned Parenthood, who will represent the people that rely on Planned Parenthood for care, and who are committed to guaranteeing reproductive health care for Ohioans, regardless of their income, zip code, or insurance status.

Statement from Iris. E. Harvey, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio:

“We’ve endured the loss of federal funding through Title X, and state funding through the Ohio Department of Health. We’ve been struck by constant restrictions on reproductive health care and sexual health education passed by former governor John Kasich and now Gov. Mike DeWine. We need elected officials that our patients and supporters can count on, who will, without reservation, preserve and invest in reproductive health care and sexual health education for all Ohioans.”

Our endorsed reproductive rights defenders:

Shammas Malik, candidate for city council, Ward 8
N. J. Akbar, candidate for school board
Diania Autry, candidate for school board
Derrick Hall, candidate for school board
Steve Patterson, candidate for mayor
Elizabeth Clodfelter, city council candidate
Peter Kotses, city council candidate
Christine Jo Schulman
, city council candidate
Eric Resnick, candidate for school board
Eve Bolton, candidate for school board
Carolyn Jones, candidate for school board
Andrew J. Ginther, candidate for mayor
Elizabeth Brown, city council candidate
Rob Dorans, city council candidate
Shayla D. Favor, city council candidate
Emmanuel Remy, city council candidate
Cleveland Heights
Craig Cobb, city council candidate
Carol Roe, city council candidate
East Cleveland
Che Gadison, city council candidate
Christopher Clevenger-Morris, candidate for school board
Rocky River
Christina Morris, city council candidate
Cassimir Svigelj, city council candidate
Traci Person, city council candidate
Theresa Gadus, city council candidate
Samantha Turner, city council candidate

The 25 candidates PPAO has endorsed represent communities that benefit from Planned Parenthood health centers, and they’ve demonstrated their commitment to defending bodily autonomy for their constituents. We look forward to working with these dedicated civil servants to not only protect, but expand access to reproductive health care in Ohio.


Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio supports advocacy for reproductive health and rights, including grassroots organizing, community education, and lobbying. www.ppao.org


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