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.
House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, said she doesn’t think she or other House Democrats can support Ducey’s plan unless it includes universal background checks for all firearms purchases, including by private vendors at gun shows.
“That is non-negotiable,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez argued there will be sufficient members of the majority party who will side with at least some items on the Democrat agenda, ranging from health-care funding to school issues like increasing state aid to better oversight of for-profit charter schools. And some issues, Fernandez said, are bipartisan, including ratifying a “drought-contingency plan” to decide who will and will not get water from Lake Mead, the source of water for Tucson via the Central Arizona Project.
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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.
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