IMA Candidate forum


    “The IMA is hosting a candidate forum on Monday, May 21st at the historic Dunbar Pavilion in Tucson. All 3 Democratic gubernatorial candidates are scheduled to participate, as well as candidates for U.S. Senate and other statewide offices. All are welcome.”

    UPDATE: info from Connie DeLarge of African American Dem Caucus:

    “This candidate forum is put on by IMA (Interdenominational Ministers Aliance). The candidates participating are the statewide candidates that have primaries, (US)  Senate, Governor, Secretary of State, Arizona Corporate Commission and Superintendent of  (Public) Instructions.  10 candidates will be there. ”

    Carolyn’s note: From FB posting Deedra Abboud (U.S. Senate) and Kelly Fryer (Governor) are 2 of the 10 who will be attending.



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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. 10 Arizona Democratic candidates attending tonight (via FB live post):

      Deedra Abboud for U.S. Senate
      David Schapira for Superintendent of Public Instruction
      Leslie Pico for Sec. of State
      State Senator Katie Hobbs for Sec. of State
      Kiana Sears for Corporation Commission
      State Senator Steve Farley for Governor
      Kelly Fryer for Governor
      Bill Mundell for Corporation Commission
      Sandra Kennedy for Corporation Commission
      Kathy Hoffman for Superintendent of Public Instruction

      Quite a roomful of Arizona statewide candidates, all have primaries on August 28, 2018. 145 people in attendance. Organizers did state that Mark Robert Gordon (for Sec. of State) was also invited.

    2. Hi,

      As the sole precinct committee person in Dunbar/Spring, from any political party, I welcome all candidates to attend this event. See you tonight!

      • Thanks for your welcoming remarks Vincent. The forum was posted on FB with 2 separate listings, so I posted both above. Hope it’s well attended.


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