Happy Fernandez

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Happy Fernandez (1939 – January 19, 2013) was an American politician. Fernandez was a former Temple University professor. She joined the city council of Philadelphia in 1992 but left on September 28, 1998 to run for mayor.[1]

In 1999, she unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Philadelphia, becoming the city's first female mayoral candidate. She was born in 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska; her birth name was Gladys Vivian Craven. Fernandez was involved in the Moore College of Art and Design's new expansion and later went on to run the college.[2][3]


  1. ^ Bunch, William (29 September 1998). "Happy's Big Day Happy Announces She Quits Council To Run For Mayor, Gets Jump On Rivals". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Famed Philly politician Happy Fernandez dies at 74". Philly.com. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Fattah Mourns the Loss of Philadelphia Leader Happy Fernandez". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2013.