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The Planned Parenthood Action Fund announced its endorsement of Democratic candidate Rodney Glassman, a judge advocate general and former vice mayor of Tucson, in the state’s upcoming race for the U.S. Senate. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 

“This election is crucial, and we need leaders in the U.S. Senate who will stand strong against attempts to restrict women’s access to basic health care and who will champion policies that make that health care more available to all women,” said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “Rodney Glassman’s record of public service and charitable giving stands on its own, and he is a proven advocate for women’s health and rights.” 

As vice mayor of Tucson, Glassman was a strong advocate for children and working families. Glassman’s charitable foundation, which provides financial support for organizations that support underserved children in Southern Arizona, has raised money for women’s causes, including programs to educate girls and support women who have suffered from abuse and sexual assault. Glassman recently called on Congress to devote resources to ending gender discrimination against female veterans and provide increased support for women returning to the United States after military service.

“The voters in Arizona are tired of politics as usual from their elected officials who represent them in Washington,” said Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona. “They want to elect a champion of women’s health, and Rodney Glassman is that candidate. He is committed to standing up for women and families by putting commonsense health care needs ahead of ideology and politics.” 

The primary election will be held on August 24 and the general election on November 2.  Early voting (mail-in ballots) begin July 29 for the primary election.