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Legislators Hold Town Hall in San Luis

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State Representative Dr. Gerae Peten, right, speaks during a legislative town hall at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center in San Luis on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. State Rep. Charlene Fernandez and State Sen. Lisa Otondo are also shown.

Legislators from District 4 held a town hall in San Luis on Tuesday night.

Residents asked state Senator Lisa Otondo and Representatives Charlene Fernandez and Dr. Gerae Peten about immigration, the Port of Entry and more funding for San Luis schools, including the need for a second high school due to overcrowding.

District 4 includes northwest Yuma, Somerton, Gadsden and San Luis. Peten lives in the northern end of the district west of Phoenix and said funding education is one of her priorities as a former educator.

“Once again, we finished a session and education is still not fully funded," she said. "Although there has been some slight increases, it’s not significant.”

The event was hosted by the Yuma County Democratic Party, whose officials said they plan to hold more events in San Luis and Somerton.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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