Charlene Fernandez represents District 4 in the Arizona State House, which includes 4 counties and numerous cities. She serves on the Appropriations and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.
Charlene Fernandez was born and raised on the north end of Yuma.
Charlene attended public schools, the very schools that she has become a tireless advocate of. Her teachers became the mentors that she still looks up to today. Former Minority Leader Robert "Bob" McClendon not only taught her social studies but the importance of public policy and the affect it has on every child in Arizona.
Upon graduating, Charlene took classes at Arizona Western College eventually graduating from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education.
During this time Charlene got married to Sergio, and raised a family of three, Brian, Carlye, and Lisa. She and her husband sent their children to many of the same schools that she had attended. All three of them graduated from Arizona Universities.
Instead of leading a classroom, she went to work for Congressman Ed Pastor, representing him and coordinating his constituent services for the western portion of then Congressional District 2. In her time with Mr. Pastor, Charlene opened up the first congressional office ever in Yuma and helped bring a Veteran's Administration clinic to the County.
After Mr. Pastor's district was redrawn to exclude Yuma, Charlene went to work for Governor Janet Napolitano representing her area at the Department of Environmental Quality. Working to ensure growth in Yuma County, she assisted farmers and developers in their dealings with the state agency.
Charlene continued her pursuit of public service. She was elected to a seat on the Yuma Union High School District, serving for a time as President of the Board. In this capacity she helped spearhead cost savings in schools, such as finding a more cost effective way of transporting students to school, delivering lunch to students, and pushed the district to modernize. Because students in the district had outdated books which were too expensive to continue purchasing, she helped usher in a new era of students receiving a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) which delivered the latest information at a very low price.
The Arizona legislature wants to legalize predator lending, please watch this video to learn why this is unfair.
Goveror Ducey did an about-face on decimating our state's JTED funding. Our caucus and some reasonable Republicans got together and forced his hand. We are proud of our victory but stand to be prouder of all the young men and women who will learn skills that the Governor tried to take away.
After banning public testimony during departmental budget hearings, the House Appropriations Committee has decided to do town hall meetings in individual cities to provide information and hear public input. It is vital to attend these hearings and let Arizona legislatures know NO MORE PRISON BEDS IN ARIZONA! REFORM IS THE KEY!
On Saturday March 19 at 10:00 AM.
Yuma City Hall - One City Plaza, Yuma, AZ 85364
To RSVP visit: http://www.charleneforarizona.com/160319townhall
Republicans are quick to demonize the "non-classroom" spending in Arizona public schools. This study shows demonstrates what some of us in education have known for sometime, many charter schools spend even more in administrative costs. The idea that these charters are so much more efficient than public schools seems murky.
I am proud to announce my support for Hillary Clinton, our country's next leader. Please visit our Hillary page for more information.
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