Phil Tignino Published on 06 January 2012
Category: English in the News
Marie Hamill / KSWT News
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One city council candidate may have to prove her English proficiency before the ballots are printed for a March election.
San Luis council members approved a motion on Wednesday asking for the verification of Alejandrina Cabrera's proficiency in the English language.
Former mayor Guillermina Fuentes was the person who questioned the candidate according to City Attorney, Glenn Gimbut.
"She made a formal complaint and her opinion was that one of the candidates could not read, speak or write English sufficiently enough to be a member of the city council," says Gimbut.
Gimbut says he doesn't want to be considered as a "Russell Pearce, (the creator of SB 1070)
but says it's necessary for any person seeking to be a part of the city council to be fluent in English.
Mayor Juan Carlos Escamilla says his English isn't perfect but he still voted in favor of looking to verifying Cabrera's fluency.
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