Lydia Hernandez

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Lydia Hernandez
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Current candidacy
Running for Arizona State Senate, District 29
Date of primaryAugust 26, 2014
Current office
Arizona House of Representatives District 29
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Lydia Hernandez is a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 29. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Hernandez is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 29 of the Arizona State Senate.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hernandez served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Financial Institutions


Campaign themes


Hernandez's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

Business Development

  • Excerpt: "The business atmosphere in District 29 is unique in that small businesses are very the very back bone of our business environment and have a deep stake in our community. We are also fortunate to include the major power centers in Westgate, the Cardinals Stadium, and the Coyotes Stadium. We must work together to make sure that all have the resources needed to continue thriving so that our community thrives with them."


  • Excerpt: "We must continue to increase funding for our healthcare industry so that the people have access to necessary services without the fear of being given an unaffordable bill. We must do everything in our power make sure those who call our community home are taken care of."


  • Excerpt: "Improving education in our district is of the utmost importance. As a current Board Member of the Cartwright School District, I can attest to the fact that our schools in the Cartwright School District were failing. We made a lot of tough decisions, and now, we have the honor of saying that our schools are performing at a “B” level and are on track to be given “A’s”. We must increase our resources and be willing to make the tough changes when things aren’t working."

Community Services

  • Excerpt: "A large area of our district has long suffered from a lack of social infrastructure and crime related issues. I will continue to fight to direct more resources that our community needs to repair our districts infrastructure, and to afford every member the assurance of safety."



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Martin Quezada will face Lydia Hernandez in the Democratic primary. Crystal Nuttle is unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hernandez won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 29. She and incumbent Martin Quezada defeated Martin Samaniego in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLydia Hernandez 52% 21,870
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMartin J. Quezada Incumbent 48% 20,150
Total Votes 42,020
Arizona House of Representatives, District 29 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMartin Quezada Incumbent 36% 3,336
Green check mark transparent.pngLydia Hernandez 35.2% 3,262
Martin Samaniego 28.9% 2,681
Total Votes 9,279


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hernandez ran for the District 13 House seat in 2010, but withdrew before the August 24 primary.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hernandez is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Hernandez raised a total of $7,202 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[5]

Lydia Hernandez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 29 Won $7,202
Grand Total Raised $7,202


Hernandez won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hernandez raised a total of $7,202.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lydia Hernandez's campaign in 2012
Hernandez, Lydia$1,795
Arizona Education Association$750
Gonzalez, Rosa$420
Nabozny, Julian Claudio$420
Reyes, Carmen$400
Total Raised in 2012$7,202
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[6]


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[6]



In 2014, Hernandez's endorsements include the following:[7]

  • Congressman Ed Pastor
  • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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