MADISON – Earlier this afternoon, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin announced their endorsement of State Senate District 26 candidate Nada Elmikashfi.
In their statement on social media, they mentioned a change in direction of previous endorsements, stating: “While there are several candidates in this race that we know will champion reproductive health and rights, we are in a critical moment for the broader movement for social justice.”
This comes as a shock to many progressives, as Elmikashfi’s opponent, former State Representative Kelda Roys has a long history of support from pro-choice organizations, having served as director of NARAL Pro-Choice, Wisconsin for four years.
“PPAWI believes Nada can be a different kind of leader and bring a complementary set of skills to the legislature. This is a movement moment,” their statement explains.
Elmikashfi’s platform includes several points regarding reproductive health, including the expansion of abortion rights and access, contraceptive equity, and comprehensive sex education.
Both Elmikashfi and Roys are running for State Senate Seat 26, which has been held by Democrat Fred Risser since 1963.