Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Bar On Spanish-Speaking Candidate

Arizona’s Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s decision that prevents a Latina woman from running for office because she does not speak English proficiently, Fox News reports. State law requires elected officials to speak English but does not define “proficiency,” argued attorneys for Alejandra Cabrera, who had filed to run for San Luis, Arizona’s city council. While Cabrera admits that she speaks “little English,” 98.7 percent of San Luis’ population is of Hispanic origin. “My English is fine for San Luis,” she said in January. Cabrera’s attorney is exploring ways to appeal her case to the United States Supreme Court.