Campaign Kick off for Betts Putnam-Hidalgo for TUSD Governing Board



    Betts has run for this seat twice before and is a community activist/part time teacher. Current incumbents are all seeking re-election for this nonpartisan, volunteer position on the TUSD Governing Board:  Kristel Foster, Cam Juarez, and Mark Stegeman. Others who are interested in running are businessman Don Cotton (ran twice before) and political newcomer, educator Lori Riegel. Former PCC instructor Francis Saitta who has run for this position as well as PCC Governing Bd. is also considering a run again.

    Although not a partisan race, all candidates so far running are registered Democrats, except for Mark Stegeman who is now an Independent/No Party affiliation.

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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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