(UPDATED) Fernandez and Gallego endorse Joe Biden’s plan for Combatting the Coronavirus and Reopening Arizona and the Country

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Darby, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.