Carolyn Classen

Carolyn Sugiyama Classen

Carolyn Sugiyama 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).

Read blog posts by Carolyn Classen here.

13 responses to “Carolyn Classen

  1. I was acquainted with a Carolyn S. in the late 1960’s, who knew P. H. Tansey, Joe Addabbo, Gene L., etc and lived at (I think) 7401 Rhode Island Ave. Wonder if?

  2. Celebrated 11 years at Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts on April 20, 2016. It’s been a honor to serve this community by listening to Small Claims cases for all that time, utilizing several different courtrooms over the years, including two at La Placita. Now we are at 240 N. Stone Ave. in the new Pima County Service Center building.

  3. Carolyn, did you get the League of Women Voters of Arizona’s press statement on NO on Prop 123

    On our website. Main point. Disenfranchising AZ Voters as not following Prop 301 voters
    Put into law.

  4. Carolyn.
    I believe you met my aunt last night at the IMA meeting in Tucson. She was the rape victim that shared her story. I have a short information release I would like to see if you would publish that would share the details of the march and rally coming up 1/31/15 in Tucson. Please advice if you can assist.

    • Sorry, could not respond to this message in time, as I didn’t get it till way past January 31 — doesn’t come directly to my email so I didn’t know you Lavon had posted it.

  5. Heather Garvin


    My name is Heather Garvin and I have an op-ed developed by my coworker Jordan Hancock and I that we are looking to get published.

    The content is in regards to the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan & the rally that happened last week in downtown Denver. Many local residents in Arizona attended this controversial event to testify their support for this new plan and to contradict those who are opposed. This plan directly affects Arizona which is why we strongly believe that this news is relevant and important for everyone in Arizona to be aware of.

    We are hoping to get this published as soon as possible as it is of great importance to our local economy. We would greatly appreciate it if you could take some time out of your busy schedule to look over what we have written on this issue. If I could get an email address I would be happy to send our op-ed to you for review. Thanks & looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Your friend in CLEAN energy

    Heather Garvin
    Sales & Marketing Consultant at SunHarvest Solar

  6. Erin Ogletree here – proudly Republican and gay. Happy to talk anytime you like about my comments at the breakfast back in March.

  7. Carolyn Classen

    Sorry for the misinformation, has been corrected.

  8. Gayle Bintliff

    Carolyn, I appreciate the efforts of this blog, but please make a correction on your comment for March 21st in regard to a Clergy Breakfast for Wingspan. I am not a republican pastor who talked about the struggles of coming out, I believe you were talking about Erin Ogletree who is not a pastor but was the republican woman who spoke about the challenges of coming out as gay to her family and community. I spoke aboutpreaching that morning,… Please remove the comment or correct the name. Thank you.

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