State Representative Charlene Fernandez currently serves Legislative District 4 -- which includes parts of Yuma, Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties -- in the Arizona legislature, and is the Democratic Caucus Leader of the House of Representatives.
Charlene is one of the legislature's strongest advocates for public education, frequently pushing for more school funding from her position on the appropriations committee.
Prior to being elected to the legislature, Charlene worked in a variety of policy and constituent service roles for Congressman Ed Pastor, Governor Janet Napolitano and Congressman Raúl Grijalva. Charlene also served for more than 12 years on the Yuma Union High School Board.
Charlene was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in elementary education.
Charlene and her husband, Sergio live in Yuma and together raised three children Brian, Carlye, and Lisa.
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Yuma Sun · 30 Sep 2018 · FROM STAFF REPORTS
Students at San Luis High School (SLHS) got a chance to speak with state Rep. Charlene Fernandez (D-Yuma) this month as part of the Take Your Legislator to School Program.
Fernandez said she and other lawmakers, including U.S. Congressman Raúl Grijalva, were sent to a facility run by Southwest Key in Tucson. She said it was the site of a former hotel and that the children received meals and health screenings. They appeared to be clean and well behaved but were also unusually quiet.
"Make no mistake about it, this is on Gov. Ducey," said Fernandez. "It's clean, they're being fed, my colleague is right, but it's the emotional damage that we are doing to these kids, and there's no protocol for reunification." She said that Arizona's Gov. Doug Ducey needs to "step in and do something about this."
"He needs to talk to his buddy Donald Trump, and maybe we start can work something out, and get a protocol to reunify these kids," said Fernandez.
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