Arizona Daily Star endorses developer Randi Dorman for Tucson Mayor

Randi Dorman

In today’s Arizona Daily Star, their Editorial Board has endorsed political newcomer Randi Dorman, a downtown developer, for the upcoming Democratic primary for Tucson’s Mayor. Early ballots go out this week on August 2nd.

Here is their endorsement:

Randi Dorman

There is a 3 way race for Mayor in the Democratic primary, with Dorman running against veteran legislator Steve Farley, who served 12 years in the Arizona House and Senate (LD 28 and LD 9), and 3 term Ward 1 Councilwoman Regina Romero, who is also serving 12 years on the Tucson City Council.  The primary is on August 27, 2019.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face off with Independent Ed Ackerley in the General on Nov. 5, 2019. Ed is an advertising executive and Uncle of former LD 2 House Rep. Chris Ackerley (R).

Opinion Editor at the Az Daily Star, Sarah Garrecht Gassen explained their editorial process and who serves on their board:

Vote wisely on or before August 27, 2019.


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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).