Consultant Cheryl Cage elected Chair of Pima County Democratic Party



Cheryl Cage ran unsuccessfully twice against Senator Al Melvin for his seat in LD 26 in 2008 and 2010.  She recently chaired the successful campaign of LD 9 House Rep. Dr. Randy Friese in Nov. 2014 (and had chaired former LD 26 Rep. Lena Saranik’s successful campaign as well in 2006).  This recent win in LD 9 was an upset  over incumbent Republican Rep. Ethan Orr.

She succeeds former Chair Don Jorgensen,  as she was elected at the 2015 Pima County Reorganizational Meeting today. Here’s her resume:


Professional Background

–Founder and President of Cage Consulting, Inc. 1988 to 2010.  (Sold Cage Consulting to my longtime assistant; now called Cage Marshall Consulting).     
                        Cage Consulting provides Job Search and Interview Preparation to individuals pursuing professional pilot careers.
–Author/Publisher of career oriented business books (aviation and general job search).
–Since 2011 I have had the privilege of working with Don Jorgensen’s company, Jorgensen/Brooks Group as Corporate Trainer and liaison with client companies.
–B.A. in Psychology from Plymouth State University in N.H.
Arizona Political Involvement
–2006 Graduate of EMERGE political training program.
–Campaign Manager for Lena Saradnik’s campaign for state house in 2006 (won).
–Two-time candidate for the State Senator against Al Melvin in 2008 and 2010 (losses).
–Campaign Manager for Dr.  Randy Friese’s campaign for state house in 2014 (won).
–Currently serve on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood
She can be reached at or at the PCDP headquarters at 520-326-3716,
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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).


  1. I would have included that Cheryl Cage not only chaired the Friese campaign successfully, but that she did it while being outspent by many times by the opponent who lost. This was one of the upsets of the year! This was a major feat.

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