Fernando Gonzales has been married to his wife Katie for 47 years and they have lived in Pima County for the past 41 years. He has two married daughters and 7 grandchildren who also reside in Pima County.
Fernando is the son of first generation immigrant farm workers and one of eight siblings that, as youngsters, worked in the cotton fields in Marana and traveled between Arizona and California, working in the agricultural fields.
Fernando recently retired after selling the business he owned for 20 years. Fernando has worked for State, Federal, and County governments and has also worked both in the private and non-profit sectors.
As a business owner and on a personal level, Fernando believes in giving back to the community not only through financial contributions but also by giving of his time through volunteer work. Throughout the years, he has served on a variety of non-profit boards and served as a volunteer for different groups, organizations, and governmental agencies. Today Fernando continues to volunteer, teaching ESL classes to Head-Start program parents. Fernando’s love and passion for helping people, especially those less fortunate, has taken him to many of the poorest areas in Mexico.
“It’s time we take a different look at the issues of poverty, decaying roads and lack of jobs.”
Gonzales cited the perception of Pima County as being difficult to do business in as one of the things he wants to focus on if elected. “We have to get out of the rut of saying ‘no’ to everything and start looking for ways to help small businesses open, hire and thrive.”
Volunteer Experience (partial list):
- Co-Chairman of Governors Ducey’s Arizona Complete Count Census – Present
- Member of the Character and Fitness for Arizona Supreme Court – 3 Years
- Member of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Arizona – 6 years
- Board Member for Border Action Network – 4 years
- Board Member for Travelers Aid Society – 2 years
- Member of the Arizona Religious Advisory Board – 6 years
- Pima County Adult Probations Dept – 4 years
- Por Un Arizona Unido – 6 years
- Salvation Army – 2 years
- Agua Prieta Christmas Project – 10 years
- Arizona Department of Corrections – 6 years
- Catalina Mountain School for Boys – 4 years