Arizona Supreme Court Affirms Ruling Barring Woman From City Council Due To Lack Of English Proficiency

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The Arizona Supreme Court affirmed a ruling that had barred a woman from running for a city council seat due to the fact that she was unable to speak English at a proficient level, The Associated Press reported.

According to the news outlet, the State’s highest court ruled that Alejandrina Cabrera should not be allowed to appear on the ballot for the March 13 election in San Luis, but failed to list a reason for the decision. A spokeswoman from the court noted that a full written ruling will be released at a later date.

The AP reported that the case attracted widespread attention after Mayor Juan Carlos Escamilla filed a court action that asked for a determination of whether Cabrera has the necessary English skills required of the position.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Cabrera acknowledged that her understanding of English is weak, but she noted that she knew enough of the language to represent San Luis. Up to 99 percent of the town’s residents are Latino, and Spanish is reportedly spoken throughout the city.

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