By The Associated Press

An Arizona Supreme Court decision Friday upholds a state law requiring public officials to be able to comprehend and use the English language.

The unanimous opinion explains why the court in February barred a woman who isn't fluent in English from running for the San Luis City Council.

A trial judge had granted a request by San Luis' mayor to remove Alejandrina Cabrera from a City Council race, and she appealed.

The Supreme Court says both the Arizona Constitution and the federal law that created Arizona require that public officials be able to read, speak, write and understand English.

Cabrera argued that the law denies her constitutional right to participate in government, but the justices say it's already been established that states may set qualifications for public offices.