AEA Post Election Debrief

    November 12, 2018 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    Dunbar Cultural Center
    325 W 2nd St
    Tucson, AZ 85705

    “Join us as we discuss what we accomplished this midterm election and what’s next.

    Guest speakers Kelly Fryer & Andres Cano

    Family friendly event

    Food provided.”

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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. Intro by AEA organizers then former Dem Gubernatorial candidate Kelly Fryer spoke of “great new changes in Arizona”, to make it a more people-friendly state. Her 3 points for the future are to build on victories & keep fighting for truth telling, to focus on inclusive vision for the future, and to show muscle. LD 2 House-elect member Andres Cano spoke of walking for Red for Ed, that he would be seeking to restore funding for education, esp. PCC. AEA spokespeople talked about what was accomplished in So. AZ, total of 41,408 contacts with 19,750 doors knocked on. Future steps: increase budget for education, lobby in the state legislature, testifying for bills, get more first timers in political process involved. About 25 people in attendance tonight.

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