Az Daily Star endorses Democrats Ralph Atchue and Hollace Lyon for LD 11


The Arizona Daily Star editorial board has endorsed Democrats Ralph Atchue for State Senate and Hollace Lyon for State House in LD 11. Both have run for these respective seats in previous years.

The Senate seat is open and the Republican seeking that office is current LD 11 House Rep. Vince Leach.  The other Democrat running for LD 11 House is political newcomer Marcela Quiroz.  The 2 Republicans seeking these 2 seats are incumbent Rep. Mark Finchem and Bret Roberts, a political newcomer.

Star endorsement appeared in today’s paper on A16, and is online here:

Ralph Atchue
Hollace Lyon






Vote wisely on or before Nov. 6, 2018.

Voter registration totals in LD 11:

Democrats 36,550; Republicans 52,889; Other 44,669.

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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).