Attorney General candidate January Contreras at DGT

    October 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    Attorney January Contreras is running for Arizona Attorney General.  She was former director of Arizona Department of Health Services and a senior advisor to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Her bio:

    January Contreras

    The current AG is Mark Brnovich who is a Republican and elected in Nov. 2014.

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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. AZ native and attorney January Contreras spoke about her background, went to UA undergrad & law school, then was a County Prosecutor before Asst. AG under former Gov. Janet Napolitano. Followed Janet to D.C. in 2009 and worked in Homeland Security for 4 years. Then she returned to Arizona and formed non profit called Arizona Legal Women & Youth Services to assist families, now w/ 5 staff members. Said that AG Brnovich “not serving people”, w/ his opposition to same sex couples adopting; against in state tuition for DACA youth; filing amicus brief for Exxon Mobile lawsuit. Her top 3 issues are children & elder health care, consumer protection, fighting corruption in Arizona. Questions from audience were about prioritizing opioid crisis, home rule/local control, how work w/ Republicans state office holders; experience in Homeland Security; charter vs. public school debate as equal protection violation? She faces no opposition to date in Dem primary for AG. Former House Rep. Phil Lopes and former Ward 5 Councilman Steve Leal present today.

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