Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia Endorses James Harder for
Delegate in the 12th House District
RICHMOND, VA — Today, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia announces the endorsement of James Harder for the Virginia House of Delegates' 12th district running against Delegate Joseph Yost.
James Harder has had a passion for public service ever since watching his grandmother, Joan Munford, serve in the Virginia House of Delegates for over a decade. James previously worked for U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher on constituent outreach and legislative issues, and he is currently a Ph.D. student at the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with his wife Nancy and their son Cole.
Statement from Cianti Stewart-Reid, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia:
“James Harder will be a dedicated public servant who will fight for the people of the 12th District in Richmond. As the grandson of a former delegate who is now working on his Ph.D., James has the passion and dedication necessary to best serve this community in Richmond. He strongly believes that women should be able to make their own health care decisions without interference from politicians in Richmond and will be a strong defender of women’s health and rights.
“His opponent, Joseph Yost, has supported measures that would interfere in Virginia women’s private and personal medical decisions. Yost voted in favor of the mandatory ultrasound bill and the so-called “personhood” bill that, if enacted, could interfere with a woman’s personal, private medical decisions relating to birth control, access to fertility treatment, management of a miscarriage, and access to safe and legal abortion.
“We know James Harder will advocate for women’s health and rights in Richmond and will fight for the families of his community – not an extreme women’s health agenda. That’s why we’re supporting him in this race.”
The 12th House District encompasses parts of Montgomery, Giles, and Pulaski counties and Radford City.
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV) is a statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to preserve and broaden access to reproductive health care through legislation, public education, electoral activity and litigation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. PPAV works to ensure that individuals and families have the freedom, information, and ability to make their own informed reproductive choices.