Charlene Fernandez

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Charlene Fernandez
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Candidate for
Arizona House of Representatives District 4
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Yuma Union High School District #13 Governing Board
Bachelor'sNorthern Arizona University
BirthdayFebruary 24
Place of birthYuma, AZ
ReligionRoman Catholic
Campaign website
Charlene Fernandez is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 4 of the Arizona House of Representatives.


Fernandez earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Northern Arizona University. She then worked for Congressman Ed Pastor for 12 years, coordinating constituent services for the western portion of then Congressional District 2. While working for Congressman Pastor, Fernandez spearheaded an effort that culminated in bringing a Veteran’s Administration clinic to Yuma County for the first time in history. She also served in a similar capacity for Congressman Raul Grijalva. She then become a consultant for a software company that produced a constituent management system for the U.S. House of Representatives. Fernandez later served Governor Janet Napolitano as a liaison for the Arizona Department of Environment Quality in Yuma County. In this capacity she worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as its counterpart in the Republic of Mexico. Fernandez was elected to Yuma Union High School District Governing Board and served as president and vice president.[1]


Fernandez's campaign website listed the following issue:[2]


  • Excerpt: "We need to provide our schools and teachers with the tools they need to give our kids today the skills for the jobs of tomorrow."



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Incumbent Lisa Otondo and Charlene Fernandez defeated Jose Suarez in the Democratic primary. Richard Hopkins was unopposed in the Republican primary. Otondo, Fernandez and Hopkins will face off in the general election.[3][4][5]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Otondo Incumbent 38.2% 4,556
Green check mark transparent.pngCharlene Fernandez 37.7% 4,497
Jose Suarez 24% 2,861
Total Votes 11,914


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Fernandez ran in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 4. She was defeated by Juan Carlos Escamilla and Lisa Otondo in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012.[6]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Otondo 34.9% 4,238
Green check mark transparent.pngJuan Carlos Escamilla 33.3% 4,038
Charlene Fernandez 31.8% 3,865
Total Votes 12,141



Fernandez has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:[7]

  • Congressman Ed Pastor
  • Congressman Raul Grijalva
  • United Farm Workers Co-Founder Dolores Huereta
  • Arizona Education Association
  • Arizona's List
  • Emily's List
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Arizona State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police
  • Las Adelitas Arizona
  • Planned Parenthood of Arizona
  • Arizona Pipe Traders 469
  • Arizona Women's Caucus
  • Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE)
  • Progressive Majority Fund
  • Stonewall Democrats of Arizona
  • Professional Firefighters of Arizona
  • United Food Commercial Workers


Fernandez and her husband, Sergio, have three children: Brian, Carlye, and Lisa. She lives with her husband in central Yuma less than two miles from where she was raised.[1]

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Charlene outraised both of her opponents in the first reporting period.

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