Ricardo Fernandez

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Ricardo Fernandez
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Candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives District 35
High schoolEvergreen Park High School, Oak Lawn Community High School (1984)
Associate'sMoraine Valley Community College (1987)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois at Chicago (1989)
Master'sUniversity of Indianapolis (1992)
Ph.D.Nova Southeastern University (2007)
Place of birthOak Lawn, IL
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Ricardo Fernandez was a 2012 Republican candidate for Illinois House of Representatives District 35. He was also a 2012 Republican candidate for District 18 of the Illinois State Senate.[1]

Fernandez works as a physical therapist. He previously worked as an adjunct instructor at Governors State University, Morton College and Oakton Community College.[2]


Campaign themes

On his 2012 campaign website, Fernandez lists four core issues of the campaign:[3]

  • 1. "Committed to strengthen Illinois’ economy by helping the taxpayers of Illinois via lowering the state income tax burden."
  • 2. "Promote job growth and assist businesses in Illinois. Attract new businesses to the state by lowering the corporate income tax rate for all businesses in Illinois, not just a select few."
  • 3. "Cut waste in government, end wasteful spending, demand accountability in government and balance the budget."
  • 4. "Save the pensions for retirees by being proactive and reforming the system for future participants."



State House

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Fernandez ran in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 35 following his Senate defeat earlier in the year. He filed for placement on the general election ballot on August 21, 2012 following the withdrawal of Steven Williams (R) and was defeated by Frances Ann Hurley (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrances Ann Hurley 68.3% 34,590
     Republican Ricardo Fernandez 31.7% 16,022
Total Votes 50,612

State Senate

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Fernandez ran in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 18. Fernandez lost against Barbara Ruth Bellar in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. Bill Cunningham, District 35 incumbent in the State House, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Illinois State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Ruth Bellar 74.1% 9,846
Ricardo Fernandez 25.9% 3,434
Total Votes 13,280


Fernandaz was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He is the second oldest of ten children. Fernandez married his wife Gina in 1990. They live in Orlando Park.[2]

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