Like mother, like son: Brian Fernandez chosen to replace mom, Charlene, as Yuma lawmaker

Brian Fernandez addresses the Yuma County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 22, 2021/Yuma County photo

By Ray Stern |Arizona Republic

Brian Fernandez and his two sisters grew up watching their mother, Charlene, work for the late U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor before becoming a leader herself in the state Legislature.

Public service, he told The Republic, “is in our blood.”

On Monday, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to appoint Fernandez, 44, to serve out the remaining term of his mother’s House seat in Legislative District 4.

Charlene Fernandez announced earlier this month she would leave office on Nov. 15 to take a job as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Arizona director for rural development. The law requires that replacements for departing lawmakers be from the same party. Both mother and son are Democrats.

Charlene Fernandez took office in 2014, rising to House minority leader in 2018. She had previously served in elected office on the Yuma Union High School District governing board. 

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