Yuma Rep. Charlene Fernandez to lead Democrats in Arizona House


Rep. Fernandez visits San Luis High School

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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State Representative Fernandez: Family Separations at Border 'A Horrible Situation'

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.

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Fernandez Stands Up for Children at Southwest Key Facility

"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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Yuma's Fernandez named legislator of the year


Arizona Democrats ask Ducey to recall Legislature to address school safety

The letter, signed by Democratic state House leaders Rebecca Rios, Randall Friese and Charlene Fernandez, called out the Republican governor for a school safety plan that was watered down and then shelved during this year’s session.

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In Arizona, several Latina progressives, Democrats run for local, state races

They are part of a larger group of women already making an imprint in Arizona politics, including two of the top three positions in the state's Democratic party: Charlene Fernandez is the House Minority Whip and Rebecca Rios is House Minority Leader.

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Fernandez aims to raise educator pay, but Governor thwarts it

Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, sought to expand the definition of “teachers” — those eligible for the pay hike — to include counselors, social workers, psychologists, speech pathologists and librarians, all people excluded from getting a share of the earmarked raises.

Republicans were opposed to that, as well as to requiring one counselor for every 250 students.

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