A judge has ruled that a city council candidate in Arizona must be removed from the ballot due to lack of English proficiency.

The ruling came after the San Luis City Council approved a motion Jan. 13 asking for verification that Alejandrina Cabrera meets the requirement of a state law that any person holding office in the state, a county or city must speak, write and read English.

The Yuma Sun reported the removal stemmed from a Dec. 14 complaint made by former mayor Guillermina Fuentes that Cabrera isn't fluent in English.

Fuentes claimed she has acted as an interpreter for Cabrera.

Yuma County Superior Judge John Nelson ordered Cabrera's name stricken from the March ballot after Wednesday night's court hearing.

Cabrera's lawyers say they're considering an appeal.