2018 Election Debrief with Chair Dr. Jo Holt

    December 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    PCDP Headquarters
    4639 E 1st St
    Tucson, AZ 85711

    Dr. Jo Holt, Chair of PCDP
    “Join Pima County Dems Chair Jo Holt to recap 2018 and look forward to 2020! Snacks and beverages provided. “
    Cover photo by Kathleen Dreier Photography (www.facebook.com/KathleenDreierPhotography).


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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 Tucsoncitizen.com 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, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Chair Holt welcomed about 30 people to this event, including forner CD 2 candidate Mary Matiella and former AZ Dems statewide Chair Bill Roe. All present introduced themselves, being from LD 3, 9, 10 and 11, and 3 Dem staffers Sierra Yamanaka, Chesney Richter & Kim Khoury. Jo said that Pima County had 70.55 % turnout in the General, that AZ would be a “battleground state” in 2010 Presidential election. She showed maps of how some areas of Pima County that flipped blue, others flipped red. Krysten Sinema won Pima County by 60,692 votes and Bill Roe stated that $90 M was spent on that race. Jo also talked about CD 2 race with Ann Kirkpatrick winning and the LD 10 House race which defeated incumbent Republican Todd Clodfelter (4,019 votes to Domingo DeGrazia). She attributed success to 10,000 volunteers here (300,000 statewide), partnerships, 1.3 M + doors knocked, 1.5 M + calls made, 1 M text messages sent. Discussion followed about what to do next re: AZ Governor’s race, how re-energize volunteers, how to educate voters about elections, what Dems stand for, what AZ Legislature does, and to watch out for voter rights suppression by Republicans.

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