Adam Ragan for TUSD School Bd. campaign kickoff

    May 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Petroglyphs Gallery
    228 S Park Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85719

    “Join us at our Campaign Kickoff! We’ll have good food, lots of friends and conversation about how we can move TUSD forward. This is a family-friendly party, so bring the kids and a friend or two!

    2018 is an important election for TUSD and you can make the difference by supporting Adam’s campaign. Please consider making a contribution to help us make sure we get Adam, an educator, on the board.

    ¡Únase a nosotros para lanzar nuestra campaña! Tendremos buena comida, muchos amigos y una conversación sobre cómo podemos avanzar nuestro distrito escolar. Esta es una fiesta para todo la familia, ¡así que traiga a los niños y a un amigo o dos!

    2018 es una elección importante para TUSD y usted puede marcar la diferencia al apoyar a la campaña de Adam. Por favor, considere hacer una contribución para ayudarnos a asegurarnos de eligir a Adam, un educador, para el consejo escolar.”
    Adam Ragan
    “I am a community organizer & community leader. I am an educator, teaching college writing and ESL. I am the proud product of public education, from pre-K to grad school. I am a proud Tucsonan who loves our schools & students. But I know we can do better as we face the challenges in 2018 and beyond. “
    Carolyn’s Note:  This is a nonpartisan race with the 2 incumbents Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks running for re-election, with political newcomers Adam Ragan and Leila Counts.  They all face off in the General Election on Nov. 6, 2018.
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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. About 30 people at Petroglyphs to help Adam kick off his TUSD Bd. campaign, including current TUSD Bd. member Adelita Grijalva (and her mother Ramona), former TUSD Bd. member Cam Juarez, Matt Kopec (Ward 3 aide/former House Rep.), and Andres Cano, LD 3 House candidate. Adam said he was a product of public education, wants to run a positive campaign and that “the Board needs an educator on it”. He wants the board to communicate better, do a good job on the budget (for more spending in the classroom) and get more $ from the Arizona legislature.

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