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Arizona Supreme Court to explain ruling removing candidate

The Arizona Supreme Court on Friday issues an opinion in the case of a woman barred from running for city council in a border town because she isn’t fluent in English.

The Supreme Court in February upheld without comment a judge’s removal of Alejandrina Cabrera from a March ballot for city council in San Luis.

In challenging Cabrera’s candidacy, city officials cited a 1913 Arizona state law that says anyone “who is unable to speak, write and read the English language is not eligible” to hold public office.

Cabrera said her English was good enough in mostly Spanish-speaking San Luis and she said racism was involved.

Mayor Juan Carlos Escamilla has denied that racism was involved. He said English must be used in meetings with state and federal officials.

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