He is the first Hispanic running for the Common Council as a Republican. He told CT Latino News that coming from a poor background has inspired him to run for public office — after determining that he can relate to many different Middletown populations
Fernandez, 44, a former U.S. Navy military police officer, is the volunteer deputy director of Middletown's Emergency Management Services and owner of Eleven Charlie LLC, a homeland security training program. He has a political Facebook Page and is dedicated to "fight to restore fiscal responsibility, affordable taxes, and business growth in the city," Fernandez says.
Among his accomplishments are:
- Inducted to the American Police Hall of Fame for being the first Navy law enforcement instructor, where he was the recipient of the J. Edgar Hoover Award for Training Excellence.
- Three Navy Achievement Awards, a Lifesaving Award, as well as numerous campaign medals during his combat tours in Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan as part of his service for the U.S. Navy.