Cam Juarez’s re-election campaign kick off for TUSD School Board



    Cam Juarez was elected to the TUSD School Board in Nov. 2012, and is seeking his 2nd term.

    TUSD School Board member Cam Juarez
    TUSD School Board member Cam Juarez

    “He has worked with various non-profit agencies and for two county
    departments focusing on youth and community development. He formerly
    worked for Pima County’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, where he
    has helped to revitalize communities through neighborhood improvement
    projects. Cam has worked with over 26 communities and managed over six
    million dollars of Pima County Bond funds since 2004.”

    Cam’s new job: Community Engagement Coordinator for Saguaro National Park. He also serves as the Public Information Officer for NPS – Saguaro.

     Carolyn’s note: Up for re-election this year are Cam (D), Kirstel Foster (D) and Mark Stegeman (I). This is a nonpartisan race. I hear that Democrats Betts Putnam-Hidalgo and Don Cotton (both ran twice before), and Lori Riegel  are also interested in running for this school board.
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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. Lots of campaign supporters at Cam’s kickoff tonight for re-election including Ruben Reyes for CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva, LD 9 State Rep. Matt Kopec, District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias, TUSD Board member Adelita Grijalva, Sunnyside School Bd. member Eva Dong Carrillo, former TUSD Bd. member Tomas Castillo, TUSD Superintendent HT Sanchez. Cam spoke about “sacrifice” personally to serve in this unpaid volunteer board position, but that we all did it because we support public education. He said his tenure was “not perfect, but look to progress” for the students and TUSD, with “continuity of success” with HT. Enrique Garcia recited a moving poem, and campaign co-chairs Michelle Crow and Tomas Castillo spoke as well.


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