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NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, the state’s leading advocate for a woman’s right to choose, announced their endorsements for the November 6, 2018 election.

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For Governor

Kellie Copeland, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said: “Over the last seven years, 20 attacks on reproductive health care have been enacted, and half of the abortion clinics in Ohio have closed. As a result, some Ohioans have fled our state to access abortion, others have had to wait weeks for an appointment, and still others have been forced to continue pregnancies against their will — regardless of the dangers posed to their health and wellbeing. This has to stop. Ohioans need and deserve elected officials who will stand up and fight to protect access to abortion care in our communities without political interference, judgment or delay.”

Our board of directors has voted to endorse Richard Cordray for governor and Betty Sutton for Lt. Governor!

Never has so much been at stake in an Ohio gubernatorial election; access to abortion in our state hangs in the balance. Rich Cordray and Betty Sutton have time and again stood up and fought for abortion rights and they trust women to make their own reproductive health care decisions.

A Cordray/Sutton administration would veto further legislative attacks on reproductive health care and fight to restore professionalism to the Ohio Department of Health, the State Medical Board, and other agencies that have been corrupted by John Kasich’s crusade against abortion access.

For Attorney General

We are thrilled to endorse Steve Dettelbach for attorney general. Our current attorney general, Mike DeWine, has misused this office to interfere with the reproductive health care decisions of individuals in Ohio and across the country. Anti-choice candidate David Yost would no doubt follow suit. With Dettelbach as our attorney general, Ohioans would once again have someone in that office who would stand up for them, not anti-choice zealots. Dettelbach will fight for our constitutionally protected right to choose.

For Secretary of State

We are honored to endorse Kathleen Clyde for secretary of state. Our current secretary of state, Jon Husted, has undercut access to the ballot for thousands of Ohioans, especially women and people of color. Clyde has long been a vocal champion for reproductive rights and under her leadership, the state of Ohio will make voting more accessible for all of our citizens. Her general election opponent, Frank LaRose, has exploited families with Down syndrome as part of his agenda to end abortion access in Ohio. His lack of integrity makes him unfit to be Ohio’s Secretary of State.

For Treasurer

We are proud to endorse Rob Richardson for treasurer. Our current treasurer, Josh Mandel, was a vocal supporter of Todd Akin, who infamously said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” With Richardson, Ohioans could rest assured that we would have a treasurer that was focused on improving our state’s fiscal health, not meddling in our reproductive health.

For Ohio Legislative Seats

Copeland said: “Last session, the Ohio House and Senate passed legislation that would have outlawed abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Twenty members of the current Ohio House have co-sponsored legislation that would subject women who access abortion care to the death penalty. Pro-choice Ohioans can count on our endorsed legislative candidates to stand up against these dangerous proposals. Our endorsed candidates are committed to policies that will improve access to quality affordable reproductive health care in our state.”

For the Ohio Senate

District 5: Paul Bradley
District 9: Cecil Thomas
District 11: Teresa Fedor
District 13: Sharon Sweda
District 17: Scott Dailey
District 19: Louise Valentine
District 21: Sandra Williams
District 23: Nickie Antonio
District 25: Kenny Yuko
District 29: Lauren Friedman

For the Ohio House

District 01: Kevin Barnet
District 06: Phil Robinson
District 07: Aziz Ahmad
District 08: Kent Smith
District 09: Janine Boyd
District 11: Stephanie Howse
District 12: Juanita Brent
District 13: Mike Skindell
District 14: Bride Sweeney
District 16: Cassimir Svigelj
District 17: Adam Miller
District 18: Kristin Boggs
District 19: Mary Lightbody
District 22: David Leland
District 23: Russell Harris
District 24: Allison Russo
District 26: Erica Crawley
District 27: Christine Fisher
District 28: Jessica Miranda
District 30: Clayton Adams
District 31: Brigid Kelly
District 32: Catherine Ingram
District 34: Emilia Sykes
District 35: Tavia Galonski
District 36: Tim Piatt
District 37: Casey Weinstein
District 40: Ryan Taylor
District 42: Zach Dickerson
District 44: Paula Hicks-Hudson
District 45: Lisa Sobecki
District 47: Gary Newman
District 48: Lorraine Wilburn
District 51: Susan Vaughn
District 52: Kathy Wyenandt
District 55: Kelly Kraus Mencke
District 57: James Johnson
District 58: Michele Lepore-Hagan
District 68: Kathleen Tate
District 71: Jeremy Blake
District 73: Kim McCarthy
District 75: Randi Clites
District 76: John Kennedy
District 77: Brett Pransky
District 79: Amanda Finfrock
District 86: Glenn Coble
District 88: Rachel Crooks
District 89: Joe Helle
District 92: Beth Workman
District 94: Taylor Sappington
District 97: Kristin Geis

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio endorses 100% pro-choice candidates who have satisfactorily completed our rigorous questionnaire. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is committed to protecting the full range of reproductive health options, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is the state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Endorsements for Federal Office

Our office, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, makes endorsement for state offices, such as governor or state senator. Our national partner, NARAL Pro-Choice America, makes endorsements for federal office, such as president or members of Congress. In 2018, they have made the endorsements found below. Additional endorsements may be released at a later date.

Sen. Sherrod Brown for re-election to the US Senate


Aftab Purveal for Ohio’s 1st Congressional District


Danny O’Connor for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District


Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, 12000 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120
Kellie Copeland, Executive Director

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We fight for a future that includes access to all reproductive health care no matter your zip code or employer. Ohio must lead the charge. Are you with us?