Two Standout Women Running For Arizona State Senate: Rita Dickinson & Amanda Aguirre

Rita Dickinson

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona supports Rita Dickinson for State Senate in Legislative District 11. District 11 consists of North Central and Northeast Phoenix as well as parts of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.

An ardent enthusiast of education, Ms. Dickinson obtained her Masters in Special Education from Northern Arizona University and has served the community’s education needs in a myriad of ways. She has worked as a Special Education teacher and administrator, has co-authored children’s science books, served as a Program Specialist for Arizona’s Department of Education, and is President and co-owner of A.M. Publishing.

Ever the advocate for women, she is also the Founding Chair for Phoenix’s Race for the Cure chapter, which has raised over $18 million to fight breast cancer since it’s inception in 1993.

Among her many pro-choice viewpoints, Ms. Dickinson has indicated strong support for Roe v. Wade and the right of women to choose abortion, medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education in schools, mandating that all pharmacies must dispense emergency contraception and other forms of birth control, and health insurance coverage for contraception.

To get involved with Rita Dickinson’s campaign or to make a contribution, please visit her website.

Amanda Aguirre

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona endorses Amanda Aguirre for State Senate in Legislative District 24.

Senator Aguirre holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from the University of Sonora, and a Master Degree in Nutrition from California State University.

No stranger to political office, Ms. Aguirre became the first Hispanic and female representing District 24 (Yuma and La Paz Counties) in the State House of Representatives on February 2003, when Yuma County Board of Supervisors appointed her to the 46th Arizona State Legislature.

In 2006, she was elected to the Arizona State Senate for District 24. She possesses a distinguished pro-choice voting record that makes her the clear choice in the LD 24 race.

Senator Aguirre has voted against several anti-choice measures in her four years in the State Senate, including HB 2564 (which was subsequently signed into law by Jan Brewer) which redefines a fetus as an unborn child (which is defined as a human being from conception until birth), mandates misleading and irrelevant information to be read to a patient by a physician only, mandates a 24-hour waiting period for abortion, allows all health care workers, including pharmacists, to refuse to provide information for or access to, abortion care and emergency contraception if they have personal objections, and imposes a bevy of other restrictions upon women seeking medical care.

It’s evident that health care is an issue very close to the heart of Senator Aguirre. Since 1991 she has been the CEO/President of the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. a non-profit organization. She also serves as CEO/President for the San Luis Walk-In Clinic, Inc. a subsidiary non-profit Federal Rural Health Clinic of the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. since 2004. Ms. Aguirre has been involved for more than 25 years in public health education and administration with a strong emphasis in U.S.-Mexico border health issues.

For more on Senator Aguirre and her voting record and sponsored bills, visit her Arizona State Legislature Member Page.

Ms. Dickinson and Senator Aguirre are precisely the kind of legislators needed to advance choice and elevate issues surrounding women’s health in the state of Arizona. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona stands proudly in their corner.

To see a complete list of PPAA endorsed candidates, please visit our website.