AAPI Dems 2018 Election Kickoff & New Year Social


    “Join the AZ Asian American Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus to kick off the 2018 Election Season in conjunction with the start of the Lunar New Year. Enjoy delicious food, meet local Democratic candidates and learn about important issues. Visit the FB page for updated information on confirmed guests and key information.

    This is a FREE event, but an RSVP is appreciated! RSVP on the FB page or call (520) 309-6114.

    Update as of 12/12/18:

    Come meet and mingle! Updated attendees …
    – Steve Farley – candidate for AZ Governor
    – Kelly Fryer – candidate for AZ Governor
    – David Garcia campaign representative – candidate for AZ Governor
    – Mark Cardenas – candidate for State Treasurer
    – David Schapira – candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    – Deedra Abboud – candidate for US Senate
    – Mary Matiella – candidate for US House, CD2
    – Bruce Wheeler – candidate for US House, CD2
    – Betty Villegas – candidate for State Senate, LD 3
    – Victoria Steele – candidate for State Senate, LD 9
    – Dr. Randy Friese – candidate for State House, LD 9
    – Pamela Powers Hannley – candidate for State House, LD 9
    – JP Martin – candidate for State House LD 9
    – Cat Ripley – candidate for State House, LD 10
    – Kirsten Engel – candidate for State House, LD 10
    – Domingo DeGrazia – candidate for State House, LD 10
    – Sierra Yamanaka – Recording Secretary for Pima Dems and Lead Organizer for Congressional District 2 for the AZ Democratic Party

    2018 Membership form below: 

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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. Successful AAPI event (about 60 people, even from Phoenix) with only candidate Mark Cardenas absent from the list above. Also attending were TUSD board candidate Adam Ragan and Alma Hernandez, LD 3 House candidate. Welcome by Elaine Lim, So AZ coordinator of AAPI Dems, with encouragement from Sierra Yamanaka to work hard on the Democratic races, esp. CD 2. 6 baskets of goodies were raffled away to lucky winners. Even I joined this Caucus for 2018. Delicious Hawaiian food served, esp. spam musibi, kahlua pork sliders, andagi (Okinawan donuts) and wine.

    2. Today at Island Plate Lunch. Come meet the Dem candidates for 2018, statewise and for the AZ legislature. Pls. RSVP if possible for the head count.

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