LD 3 House has 2 open seats with Rep. Sally Gonzales running for LD 3 State Senate, and Rep. Macario Saldate retiring. 3 Dems are running for these 2 seats – LD 3 State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford (termed out) and political newcomers Alma Hernandez (sister of LD 2 House Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr.) and Andres Cano, a Special Staff Assistant to Pima County District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias.
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“Alma Hernandez is a native Tucsonan born and raised on the south side of Tucson. A proud product of Sunnyside School District’s Public Schools. She holds both a Bachelors of Science from The University of Arizona with a minor in Public Health and a Masters in Public Health with further Public Health education from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics participating in their summer institute program focusing on Epidemiology in Evidence-Based Policy and Social Epidemiology.
Alma has worked in advocacy for over ten years.
Her passion for working to speak for those who need a voice comes from her deep commitment to fighting for what’s right. As a 14-year-old she was brutally attacked and subsequently exposed to the criminal justice system rigged against people of color especially those without means. This experience showed her first hand what happens in our school to prison pipeline that has ruined so many young lives. Alma, as a result, now suffers from severe spinal issues which have affected her physically over the years due to the brutal attack by the officer at such a young age.
Because of her experiences, she is an outspoken activist who has worked on a variety of issues from education, women’s rights, criminal justice reform, and health care.
She has held a variety of leadership roles in the community. She has served on the Mental Health committee for Interfaith Community Services. Alma has also advocated for Arizona students with the Arizona Students Association pushing for funding and support of our three public universities and community colleges. She has also served with the Young Democrats of America Hispanic caucus, and is the former chair of the College Young Democrats of Arizona including serving as the President of CatPAC.
Alma has worked to elect Progressive Democrats to offices throughout Southern Arizona for the last decade. She began as an intern, elected to her legislative district board as second vice chair, elected PC, to campaign manager and most recently was an elected delegate for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton where she represented her district at the DNC. She has worked as campaign manager for Steve Farley, Joel Feinman, and Daniel Hernandez.
With a passion for progressive politics, Alma has completed the “Young People For” Fellowship and Courts Matter fellowship with People for the American Way. She is also an alumnus of the Future Women in Government fellowship and the Anti-Defamation league Glass Leadership Institute Fellowship. Alma is also proud alumni and sister of Alpha Chi Omega Panhellenic Sorority, Rho Lambda National Sorority Leadership Society for Women and Sigma Alpha Pi National Society for Leadership and Success.
As a part of her humanitarian work as a Public Health professional Alma has traveled to developing countries including Ghana and Panama to help provide medical and public health services through free clinics for communities in need. In her town, she has worked with Powersource Tucson helping women living with HIV/AIDS in her community working as the program coordinator of Bridging the Gap.
Most recently she led Arizonans United for Healthcare working to defeat the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Organizing protests in Tucson and Washington DC fighting for the underserved, uninsured and underrepresented in the area where she grew up. She is an active member of the Jewish Community and volunteers on her spare time. She’s also the dog mom to 5: Bettina, Bettino, Mingo, Simba, and Lola.”