CD 2 candidate forum hosted by Represent Me Arizona


    “With the August 28 primary closing in, our July 19th event aims to give voters another opportunity to learn more about the CD2 candidates and decide who to support. This forum will be moderated by Represent Me AZ’s own Marion Chubon, and she is committed to asking the tough follow-up questions when needed! We look forward to seeing you there.”

    UPDATE:  Candidate Yahya Yuksel has had his “invitation revoked”  due to recent alleged rape allegations. See below via their FB page.


    7 candidates running in Democratic primary on 8/28/18 for CD House.  They are former House Rep. Dr. Matt Heinz, former CD1  Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, Billy Kovacs, former Sec. of the Army Mary Matiella, Barbara Sherry, former House Rep. Bruce Wheeler, attorney Yahya Yuksel.

    Vote wisely on or before August 28.

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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. Billy Kovacs was the audience favorite at this forum per Represent Me AZ and their FB post: “For those who are interested, the results of our very scientific audience survey are in. The winner for our July 19th Candidate Forum was Billy Kovacs! Congratulations, Billy. The audience appreciated your well thought out answers to our questions. 2nd place went to the winner of our last Forum, Bruce Wheeler. Thank you also to Mary Sally Matiella, Dr. Matt Heinz for Arizona, Barb Sherry and Ann Kirkpatrick who endured a fiesty crowd to allow CD2 voters have access to the Candidates in order to make the most informed choice.
      We want to thank all of the people who helped to put together our Candidate Forum, including the audience and of course the Candidates.
      Bob Phillips and the Veterans For Peace Tucson Chapter 13 for always so graciously making us feel safe and cared for.
      Jorgiana Jake for donating her time and equipment to provide the projection of Candidates on the screen.
      Libby Tobey, Shannon Riggs Jennifer Koenen Radler, Jennifer Tobey Hodges, Stephanie Ped, Travonne Smith and her daughters, Scout Radler, Gail Kamaras, Bonnie Heidler, Mike Heidler, Shelley Edson, Brenda Wexler whose volunteering made the event run so smoothly! We could not do what we do without you!!
      Bill Yohey, Brendan Griffin, and Luis Oquendo for standing in the hot & muggy grounds to direct people to the parking lot and auditorium.
      Adena B. Lees and Kristyn Randel for keeping the time!
      Lawinna McGary for tweeting.
      Also, the members of the press who continue to write about the Candidates and Forums – Dylan Smith & Paul M. Ingram of the TucsonSentinel, Joe Ferguson of the Arizona Daily Star, Ronald J. Hansen of the The Arizona Republic, Danyelle Khmara of the Tucson Weekly. Also to blogger Larry Bodine from Blog For Arizona.
      As we continue to strive for accurate, accessible and transparent representation of our District and State, we are humbled by your service to your community.
      Please stay tuned in the coming week for the announcement of our Twitter Town Hall roll out!”
      Your Represent Me AZ Board
      Marion Chubon
      Lizzy Mb Berman
      DeeDee Koenen
      Jenni Pagano
      Bryna Koch

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