Arizona List Holiday Party

    December 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Home of Pam Grissom, Tucson
    7230 N Star Fury Pl
    Tucson, AZ 85718

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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. Hostess Pam Grissom welcomed everyone tonight and said it was “better to be active than sit at home”, hoping 2018 to be the Year of the Woman in Az. Then LD 24 State Senator Katie Hobbs (Sec. of State candidate) spoke about how AZ List had helped her in her first bid for AZ House, when she became top vote-getter in her 3 way primary. Former Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich gave a pep talk encouraging women to run for office, to claim power, to “bring truth into the room.” Attending tonight were LD 3 State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford, Ward 1 Councilmembers Regina Romero and Ward 3 Paul Durham, LD 10 State House Rep. Kirsten Engel, as well as candidates Mary Matiella (CD 2), Victoria Steele (LD 9 Senate), Nikki Lee (LD 10 House). About 50 people overall, with a raffle after the speeches. Finally met up with fellow BfAZ blogger Linda Lyon, whose partner is Holly Lyon (LD 11 House candidate).


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