For Immediate Release: January 8, 2019
NARAL Pro-Choice California today announced its endorsement of both Kris Goodfellow and Abigail Medina, two Democratic women running to represent California Senate District 23 — an open seat being vacated by Republican Mike Morrell. Goodfellow and Medina, who both have impressive backgrounds in community leadership, are currently facing three conservative Republican opponents.
“NARAL is endorsing both of these incredible candidates because, unlike their anti-choice opponents, they have proven that they will tirelessly advocate for reproductive freedom in the state legislature,” said NARAL Pro-Choice California Director Shannon Hovis. “As our most basic rights are under assault across the country, it is vital that we use our voting power to send a strong pro-choice champion to the statehouse. Either of these candidates would be a powerful voice for California women and families in the state senate.”
Kris Goodfellow is the Chief Operating Officer at Voyager Search. She has worked to improve the Inland Empire for the last two decades, working as a journalist, technology professional and entrepreneur. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Northwestern University and is working toward earning an MBA from UCLA. She is a board member for CASA of San Bernardino County.
“Inland Empire residents can count on me to be a vocal advocate for women’s reproductive rights and vigorously push back against all attempts to control a woman’s healthcare decision,” said Kris Goodfellow. “I’m proud to have the support of NARAL Pro-Choice California and will do everything in my power to increase access to reproductive care for all.”
Abigail Medina is a San Bernardino City Unified School board member and the Executive Director of Inland Region Equality Network (IREN). In 2016, she ran a grassroots campaign for the CA State Assembly’s 40th District against a Republican incumbent and came in first in the primary. Prior to serving on the school board, Abigail worked with numerous community organizations including Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), Health Advocates, the California Association for the Gifted, and the District African American Advisory Council.
“There’s nothing more important to the human experience than autonomy over one’s own body,” said Abigail Medina. “It’s crucial that we support organizations like NARAL that fight for accessible resources for families and individuals so that they can make decisions of their own. I’m honored to receive the endorsement of NARAL and will fight for the rights of people to make their own decisions.”