Lydia Hernandez

(aka Bad Lydia)

Photo: Arizona Capitol Times

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.

Sources: Wikipedia, Ballotpedia & Vote Smart

Texas Education Group Banned Phoenix City Council Candidate Over Behavior
"Hernandez has apparently allowed mental health issues to cloud her judgment, and her lack of character, empathy, decency and prudence makes it extremely difficult to fathom the possibility of respect for her as Chair of our National Hispanic Council,"
Feb. 22, 2019
Lydia Hernandez | Planned Parenthood Advocates Of Arizona
"Lydia Hernández...made her opposition to reproductive rights known in 2013 when she signed the Center for Arizona Policy statement denouncing Roe v. Wade."
Jul. 6, 2016
Former Az Democratic State Legislator Lydia Hernandez Says There’s No Voter Suppression!
Apr. 12. 2016

Lydia Hernández Endorses Republican Michele Reagan For Secretary Of State



Oct. 16, 2014

Democrat AZ Representative Lydia Hernandez Endorses Doug Ducey
Oct. 9, 2014
Why Do Weak Democratic Candidates Think They Must Settle For GOP Table Scraps?
Oct. 3, 2014
Know Your Anti-Choice Democratic Candidates In Arizona. Part 2.
Aug. 5, 2014
Carlos Galindo National Political Show Host: Mary Rose Wilcox Should Reject Lydia Hernandez' Endorsement Of Wilcox For CD
May 6, 2014

"Are You Gay?" AZ District 29 Legislative Debate

Stonewall Democrats of Arizona denounce Lydia Hernández

Stonewall 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. 

Arizona Senator Accuses Fellow Democrat Of Petition Forgery

"The Arizona Republic"
First Posted: Jan. 25, 2011 12:00 AM
By: Emily Gersema
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."

Activist: Another Woman Posed As Her In Interview

The Arizona Republic
First Posted: Mon, Dec 20 2010 5:49 PM
By: Emily Gersema
A Phoenix civil rights and immigration advocate says another activist has impersonated her on a local radio talk show.
Lydia Guzman, who is the leader of Somos America, said she learned recently that a July 28th broadcast of the local public radio show on KJZZ, “Here and Now,” featured a phone interview about immigration with a woman who claimed she was Guzman of Somos America.
But Guzman said she did not give the interview.
“It was Lydia Hernandez,” Guzman said she realized after listening to the recording. “Throughout the interview on NPR, the guy kept saying ‘Lydia Guzman’ and throughout that whole time, she didn’t say she was Lydia Hernandez.”
Hernandez didn’t immediately return phone calls seeking comment.
Guzman said Hernandez is not affiliated with Somos America.
“A lot of folks in the community confuse us,” Guzman said. “There were a couple of other times people like journalists from out of town would call someone and say they’re looking for Lydia.”
Community members have sometimes given Hernandez’s phone number unaware that the journalists wanted to speak to Guzman, she said.
Guzman said this happened a few years ago with producers for Univision’s now-defunct TV talk show in Miami, “Cristina.”
Producers were looking to reach Guzman but instead unknowingly called Hernandez. Guzman said Hernandez didn’t tell them until the show was nearly on air that she was not Guzman. Guzman said she learned later what happened and let it go.
But with this latest incident, Guzman said she is asking attorneys what she can do to stop it from happening again. “Why would she do this? This is so odd, weird and bizarre to usurp my identity,” Guzman said.
Hernandez is currently governing board president of Cartwright Elementary School District in the Maryvale area in west Phoenix.
Next month, she is expected to face a community recall effort for leading the ouster of a well-liked superintendent, Michael Martinez.

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