Lydia Hernandez is an at-large
member of the Cartwright Elementary School
District Governing Board in Arizona. Her current
term ends on January 1, 2023. Hernandez (DINO)
is running for election to the Arizona House of
Representatives to represent District 24. She is
on the ballot in the Democratic primary on
August 2, 2022. She was unopposed in her 2014
re-election bid and was appointed to retain her
seat following the cancellation of the election
on September 10, 2014.
mental health issues
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Chair of our
of Arizona denounce
Democrats of Arizona
3 May, 2014
On Wednesday, April 31,
2014 the West Side Town
Hall Steering Committee held a bipartisan
candidate debate for legislative candidates
in district 29 (a Phoenix LD). During the
event Francisco Mendoza, a top financial donor
and campaign manager for LD 29 State House
Rep. Lydia Hernández, asked "when it comes
to preferences, and we have children here so
I will not say the word, when it comes to
those love preferences, do you prefer the
same gender?" While questions of this sort
are common among the Tea Party, they are out
of place amongst Democrats. A person’s
orientation should have no bearing in
regards elected office. She did not at
that time, nor since, distance herself or her
campaign from these comments and has not
denounced them or her manager in any way.
Stonewall has repeatedly attempted to
contact Rep. Hernández in regards this issue
but with no results. In consideration of
these comments and others, the failure of
Rep. Hernández to denounce Mr. Mendoza and
reject his comments, Stonewall Democrats of
Arizona, as of today (May 3) denounce LD-29
State Representative Lydia Hernández and
support the candidacy of State Rep. Martin
Quezada for State Senate LD-29.
The chairwoman of the Democrats in Legislative District 13 in west Phoenix is facing state and county investigations looking into allegations that she forged petition signatures on political-candidacy documents for herself and two other women.
The investigations into Lydia Hernandez's petitions for two races were prompted by complaints filed by Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, earlier this month. The claim will likely intensify tension between the two, who sit on the Cartwright Elementary School District governing board and are critical of each other's leadership.
In a letter sent last week to Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Gallardo accused Hernandez of submitting 53 forged signatures on two Arizona House candidacy petitions: one for herself and a second on behalf of another candidate, Martha Garcia, in District 13, which spans Avondale, Tolleson and Maryvale.
Hernandez and Garcia backed out of the House race before the August primary. Hernandez did not return calls seeking comment about why she dropped out or the pending investigations. Garcia said she wasn't aware of the investigations and declined to comment further.
Gallardo is also accusing Hernandez of submitting 98 additional invalid signatures from residents who weren't registered to vote and residents who lived outside the district.
He said he found what appeared to be forged signatures after comparing the House seat petitions with the county's record of registered-voter signatures. Gallardo said the same forged signatures on Garcia's petition appeared on Hernandez's.
Matthew Benson, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office, said officials are looking into the matter.
In a separate complaint to Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne, Gallardo questioned 10 signatures on the District 13 Democratic-precinct petitions that Hernandez submitted for herself and another precinct committee candidate, Rosa Cantu.
He said the petition signatures did not match the voters' signatures on file with the county.
Hernandez, Cantu and Garcia have not returned repeated phone calls seeking comment.
"In the event that Ms. Hernandez and Mrs. Cantu are guilty of petition forgery, I ask that they be disqualified and that they not be eligible to seek elections to public office for a period of five years," Gallardo wrote.
Osborne has forwarded the complaint to the County Attorney's Office, which is investigating.
"There were some pretty serious allegations in the complaint, so we felt it was best to ship it on up and let them deal with it, as we do with any allegation of that nature," Osborne said.
In Arizona, forgery is a felony punishable by one to three years in prison.
Gallardo said if Cantu and Hernandez are charged, he wants them to give up their seats on the Cartwright board.
He has been at odds with Cantu and Hernandez because they, with Cartwright board member Terrence McTier, ousted Superintendent Michael Martinez.
Their decision upset hundreds of residents, but the three board members have declined to explain their decision.
Gallardo and a half-dozen other community members have launched a recall against Cantu, Hernandez and McTier. "This is about assuring that our election system is done properly and correctly," Gallardo said.
"She continues to want to try to ignore certain (standards) and commit election fraud. That's not something that we should be letting go."
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