Arizona State House Democratic Leader Charlene Fernandez and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego appeared at a virtual campaign event for Joe Biden and endorsed the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nominee’s plans to safely reopen the economy during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Leader Fernandez spoke first and criticized Governor Ducey for not properly addressing the Coronavirus in Arizona. She then praised the “strong Mayors” in Arizona for their handling of the pandemic.

Leader Charlene Fernandez

State House Democratic Leader Charlene Fernandez

Saying “we need a clear science-based plan that will save lives,” Fernandez concluded that  “Biden will be able to do that and rebuild the country and economy for everyone.”

On a followup question on how to handle school reopenings given the current situation, Leader Fernandez said:

“With COVID19 cases continuing to rise, virtual classrooms in the fall is something that we have to plan for and strongly consider. Nobody wants to keep school campuses closed but we can’t be afraid to make the right decision to protect public health.”

Mayor Gallego went afterward and highlighted that “hospitals were dangerously stressed” and the “worst is still in front of us.” 

Mayor Gallego 2020 Headshot from Mayors Office, City of Phoenix.

She criticized the state of testing, saying:

“People need more testing and they should not have to wait hours to get testing getting dehydrated and running out of gas in their cars. FEMA won’t help with testing and said they are scaling down.”

The Phoenix Mayor thanked Biden “for wearing masks and we need that message should come from the top.”

She also strongly championed the Biden plan for reopening, stating that:

  • “Would be based on Science and getting resources to make us safe and prudently rebuild the economy as people feel safer.”
  • “There would not be cities competing against other cities for equipment and price gouging.”

While Doug Ducey has refound reality and taken positive steps these last couple of weeks to stem the advance of COVID 19 in Arizona, it can not be denied that his premature reopening of the Grand Canyon State, at the behest of the Chief Executive Science Denier, helped create the Coronavirus surge that has broken records in new cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities in June.

With Arizona approaching daily new cases that, at times, eclipse the whole of the European Union, it is time for a new plan for the state and the country.

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