Candidate Forum- Governor, Attorney General, CD 2 House races


    “Monday, October 8. The doors will open for this one at 6 p.m. and the speakers will take the stage at 6:30. This is a candidate debate. Moms Demand Action, NOW and the YWCA  invited the two winners from the governor’s race (Governor Doug Ducey and Dr. David  Garcia), attorney general (AG  Mark Brnovich and January Contreras) and CD2 open seat (Lea Marquez Peterson and Ann Kirkpatrick) to take part.” (from Ward 6 Steve Kozachik’s newsletter)

    UPDATE: Steve K said tonight (Oct. 1 free press panel) that only the 3 Democrats candidates would be attending, not the Republicans.

    “An Evening of Conversation About Domestic Violence, Violence Against Women & Stalking”

    Doors open at 6:00 PM, we will begin promptly at 6:30pm

    This event centers the voices and experiences of survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking in seeking justice and safety.

    Candidates Invited: Republican/Democratic Candidates for Governor, Attorney General, CD2 House of Representatives.

    This Candidate’s Forum is co-sponsored by Moms Demand Action – AZ, Indivisible Tohono, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, YWCA Latina Leadership Institute – LLI, YWCA Southern Arizona and YWCA Arizona – STAT-Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy.”


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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. Over 100 people attending this candidate forum tonight, with panelists Gubernatorial candidate Dr. David Garcia, AG candidate January Contreras, and LD 9 State Senate candidate Victoria Steele. Absent were Governor Ducey, AG Brnovich. Because CD 2 candidate Lea Marquez Peterson did not respond, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick was told not to attend due to her federal race and the 501 (c)(3) status of the sponsoring groups. In attendance were former Democratic Gov. candidate Kelly Fryer and former CD 2 candidates Bruce Wheeler, Billy Kovacs, Mary Matiella.

      After opening statements, Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kovachik asked about what can be done to protect women against violence if VAWA not funded by Congress? Then Emerge! advocate asked what new system can be created to hold perpetrators accountable? She related incidents in which her women clients were murdered by their partners/husbands. Elaine Greg of T.O. Nation told of the rape/murder of her 7 year old daughter Rea and asked question about how insure that N.American tribes have same opportunities in criminal justice system? Her daughter’s murderer was caught, convicted, serving life sentence off the reservation. Another T.O. April Ignacio asked about treatment of Arizona tribes and their lack of criminal system equality such as 911 & Amber Alerts. Nicole Miller, another survivor of a violent attack at age 15 asked about how to stop victim blaming? A woman from Tucson N.O.W. Bonnie asked about plans to make changes to violence against women laws in Arizona? Abby, V.Pres of So. AZ Gender Alliance asked about enforcing civil rights laws to protect trans and LGBTQ people in Arizona. Ava from YWCA spoke of being stalked by a serial stalker, yet there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him, and asked about federal/state/local laws to protect immigrant women, and finally Renee of Moms Demand Action (also a rape victim) asked about responsible gun ownership and keeping guns out of hands of DV abusers. Closing statements encouraged the audience to channel their anger, to vote on Nov. 6, to elect these Democratic candidates, to ensure more prevention, education & change in Arizona. One proposal by Garcia and Steele is to have a statewide Rape Crisis Center funded by $1.5 M, to teach sex ed, knowledge of “consent” up to the University level.

    2. Councilman Steve K announced tonight at the Free Press panel that only the 3 Democratic candidates (David Garcia, January Contreras, Ann Kirkpatrick) would be at this candidate forum, not the 3
      Republican candidates.

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