City council hopeful: 'My English is good enough'
Alejandrina Cabrera answers questions about her ability to speak English in Yuma County Court.
January 30th, 2012
02:11 PM ET

City council hopeful: 'My English is good enough'

When a judge ruled that Alejandrina Cabrera’s name couldn’t be on the ballot for City Council in San Luis, Arizona, because she couldn’t speak English well enough, it was not only a blow to her, but to her fellow citizens, Cabrera told CNN.

“When he took my right to be on the ballot he took away the right of the people who want to vote for me,” Cabrera said in an interview conducted in Spanish with CNN en Español.

A battle over Cabrera's run for office began when Juan Carlos Escamilla, the mayor of San Luis, said he was concerned that Cabrera might not have the proper grasp of the language for the job. Escamilla filed a lawsuit in December that asked a court to determine whether Cabrera's skills qualified her under state law to run for the council seat.

The fight began as a purely political one, with opponents seeking to block her from running for office after she tried to recall Escamilla from office twice, according to The New York Times. But it has turned into a firestorm in a town where many constituents have the same grasp of English as Cabrera. Those questions, and the political fight they stirred, led to a court hearing to determine whether Cabrera spoke English well enough to be able to run for office. The ruling was that she did not.

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  1. Mangesh

    My mom says that buying a book is alsomt as good as reading one, so I have inherited your problem. Moving 4 times in 3 years has really helped me kick the habit. . . sort of. I am getting better at using the library instead. And I skipped the library book sale (although I'm still sad about it). But I just bought about 10 books for Christmas (How Are You Peeling? and others buy the same author, as well as a bunch of car books in Spanish). Not the worst vice to have, right?The thing about Scholastic books usually very cheaply bound, but that's what makes them so affordable. I used my points (when I taught) to buy classroom sets of chapter books, classroom library books, and books for prizes for my students, so it's all for a good cause.

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