Arizona Daily Star endorses businessman Tom Tronsdal for Ward 3 Council seat


The Arizona Daily Star has endorsed Canyon Fence businessman (and attorney) Tom Tronsdal in the Ward 3 Democratic primary.

Tom Tronsdal

Here’s the Star article:

Tom is a political newcomer, and his campaign website is: He faces opposition from Felicia Chew, a teacher at Mansfeld Middle School and  retired attorney Paul Durham, former Chief of Staff for Ward 6 Councilwoman Nina Trasoff.

Tom’s bio from his FB page:

“Tom has called Tucson home for over three decades. He is a graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School and the University of Arizona. He then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Kansas before returning to Tucson and settling in Ward 3 in 2001.

As a passionate community leader who is committed to improving the lives of Tucson residents, Tom dedicates extensive time to volunteerism and has served on multiple boards including the Prince Salvation Army, City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission, City of Tucson Small Business Commission, as well as his neighborhood association. In recognition for his service, Tom was recently awarded the Alumni Service Award for Outstanding Humanitarian Efforts from Salpointe High School.

Inspired by his own son, Tom founded The Great Pumpkin Race, one of the largest 5k races in Tucson, which raises funds to support causes focused on neurological conditions. He currently serves on The Abbie School Board of Directors, Arizona Center for Autism Board of Directors, and the Arizona Hydrocephalus Association Board.

Tom Tronsdal and his wife, Amanda, have been residents of Ward 3 for the past 15 years. Their son, Mac, is a 6th grader at The Abbie School. As the owner of the Canyon Fence Company, Tom employs 26 people serving Southern Arizona.”

Vote wisely on or before August 29, 2017. Early ballots go out on August 9, 2017.


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    • No, the Green Party candidates are running for Ward 6 Council seat, currently held by Councilman Steve Kovachik. There is also a Republican challenger in that Ward 6 race.

      In the Ward 3 Council race, it is these 3 Dems mentioned above, to face off w/ Independent Gary Watson in the General, with no Republican candidate.

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