Betty Villegas Campaign Kickoff Pachanga


    “Join us at the charming historic Menlo Park home of Carlos Todd Diaz who together with his niece Christina Herrera are hosting Betty’s official announcement for her 2018 AZ State Senate for LD3 campaign. We are excited to have Betty, a native of Tucson, and a champion on issues and programs that support and promote affordable housing, healthy communities, and social justice. We are confident she will be a stronger voice for the people of LD3.


    EVENT CO-HOSTS: Campaign Chairs Keith Bagwell & Alva B Torres, Raul & Ramona Grijalva, Richard & Emily Elias, Dan Eckstrom, Linda Gutierrez, Andres Cano, Isabel Garcia, Lydia Otero, Carolyn Trowbridge, Bob & Patricia Benton, Renee Morton, Evelia & David Valenzuela, Vanessa Gallego, John Contreras, Daniel Buckley, Andrea Gallegos, Frank Moreno & Edna Castro, Gus Ramirez, Maggie Amado Tellez, Adam Ragan, Carlos & Bonnie Moreno, Alonzo Morado, Jon Miles

    If you are not able to attend, please consider making a contribution to Betty’s campaign by clicking here, or going to our website or mail check to Betty Villegas for AZ Senate, PO Box 85031, Tucson, 85754”

    Carolyn’s note: Current State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford in LD 3 has been term limited, and will be seeking a House seat in LD3 in 2018. So a Democratic primary is upcoming with current 4 term LD 3 House Rep. Sally Gonzales seeking this Senate seat as well.

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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 50 people at this Pachanga, with MC Richard Elias (District 5 Pima County Supervisor) introducing guests: LD 3 Senator Olivia Cajero-Bedford, CD 2 candidate Mary Matiella, former State Senator Jaime Guitierrez, former Supervisor Dan Eckstrom, former PD Isabel Garcia, LD 3 House candidate Andres Cano, and Ramona Grijalva, wife of the Congressman Raul. Richard said that Betty has a “dogged approach” in her advocacy, then Betty spoke about growing up in Menlo Park, believes that she can make a difference in helping the community. Her top 3 priorities are 1) housing 2) health (as a cancer survivor) and 3) humanity. She worked in financial banking prior to the Pima County Housing Center. Her four children, six grandchildren present too. She is a Clean Elections candidate.


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