Citizens Clean Elections Democratic Debate – Secretary of State (CANCELLED)


    3 candidates running for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State  in the 8/28/18 primary. Office is currently held by Republican Michele Reagan.

    UPDATE:  Gordon withdrew his candidacy on 6/19/18 per SOS Office staff, so this debate will only be between Hobbs and Pico.

    UPDATE:  Leslie Pico no longer listed on SOS Office site, so likely has withdrawn (6/29/18).  With only Katie Hobbs now running, this debate has been cancelled, as Hobbs is running privately.

    Mark Robert Gordon,

    Katie Hobbs, State Senator LD 24,

    Lesley Pico,

    Mark Robert Gordon
    Katie Hobbs, candidate for Arizona Secretary of State
    Katie Hobbs. LD 24 State Senator
    Lesley Pico



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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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