Campaign Director of AZ Open Primaries at DGT (updated)

    August 17, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only

    Patrick McWhortor
    Patrick McWhortor

    Arizona Campaign Director –  Patrick McWhortor

    “Patrick is the Arizona Campaign Director for Open Primaries. A resident of Arizona for nearly 35 years, Patrick is well-known as a nonprofit leader, both locally and nationally. He launched and led the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits for ten years, growing it into a vibrant network of nonprofits and their supporters. During his tenure, he also served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Nonprofits, including two years as Chairman.

    Patrick has also formed, served and led other nonprofit organizations, including NPower Arizona, Libraries for the Future, and Data Network for Human Services. He was a lobbyist in the early 1990’s for education and environmental groups. And he has served on numerous nonprofit boards in Arizona. Currently, he is a Board Member for Arizona Town Hall. Patrick is a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Fellow and member of Valley Leadership.

    Patrick teaches nonprofit leadership, public policy and political science courses at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Maricopa Community Colleges. He graduated from ASU with both a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration. Patrick and his wife raised three boys in Cave Creek, where they live today.”

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    UPDATE  8/15/15: Former AZ Attorney general Terry Goddard, former Mayor of Phoenix Paul Johnson, local activist Jim Morrison and Campaign Director of Open Primaries Patrick McWhortor will participate in a discussion of how open primaries in our state can change the political landscape, by allowing more independent voters, our largest voting block, to participate in elections.

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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).


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