|Arizona House of Representatives District 4|
|January 5, 2015 - Present|
|January 1, 2017|
|Years in position||0|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||Four terms (8 years)|
|Yuma Union High School District #13 Governing Board|
|Bachelor's||Northern Arizona University|
|Date of birth||February 24|
|Place of birth||Yuma, AZ|
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.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Fernandez served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Transportation and Infrastructure|
Fernandez's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Excerpt: "Charlene believes that every child deserves to have access to a quality education to include competent teachers, manageable classroom sizes and support from administrators and communities. She will pursue full funding for public education in the legislature and will work within our communities to empower families to work with policy makers to make education a priority."
- Excerpt: "Charlene will work to develop apprentice and other skills training programs, particularly in high unemployment areas of the state and will work to create public infrastructure projects to put our people to work."
- Excerpt: "Charlene believes that every resident of our state should have access to quality and affordable health care and mental health services and our families should not have to choose between health care and food and shelter. She will work to curtail the cost of health care by expanding Medicaid eligibility and creating competition in the health care delivery."
- Excerpt: "As your legislator, I will proactively address water issues and not wait for critical declines in water availability before getting involved. I am capable of, and willing to, work with elected officials from other states to develop long-term solutions to water shortages. Any collective strategies concerning water must protect our most important industry, agriculture, and the thousands of jobs it creates in our district."
Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was 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 and Fernandez defeated Hopkins in the general election.
|Arizona House of Representatives District 4, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Lia Otonod Incumbent||35.4%||13,324|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Lisa Otondo Incumbent||38.2%||4,556|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Juan Carlos Escamilla||33.3%||4,038|
Fernandez was endorsed by the following people and organizations:
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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.
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- Arizona State Legislature
- Arizona House of Representatives
- Arizona House Committees
- Arizona state legislative districts
- Arizona State Legislature
- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Charlene Fernandez on Facebook
- Charlene Fernandez on Twitter
- Charlene for House, "About," accessed August 15, 2014 (dead link)
- Charlene for House, "Issue," accessed October 16, 2014
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Unofficial primary election results," accessed August 27, 2014
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election," May 27, 2014
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed September 11, 2014
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
- Charlene for House, "News," accessed July 29, 2014