Sustainable Tucson’s City Council Candidates forum


    “Which City Council candidates will best lead Tucson toward a sustainable and resilient future? This Sustainable Tucson forum will give you a great opportunity to hear what the candidates think about the City’s role in making Tucson sustainable.

    Sustainable Tucson will host a City Council Candidates Forum on Wednesday, August 9, titled “Building Our Sustainable Future – Together”.  All candidates from the three City wards with elections have been invited.

    Six  candidates are confirmed, so far:
    Ward 3

    • Felicia Chew (D)
    • Paul Durham (D)
    • Tom Tronsdal (D)
    • Gary Watson (I)

    Ward 6

    • Mike Cease (G)
    • Steve Kozachik (D)

    This free forum will be held at Changemaker High School, 1300 S Belevedere, starting at 6pm.  It is open to the public.

    The August 9 Candidates Forum will ask the candidates to discuss their views on the City’s role in four areas:

    • Assuring renewable water that serves Tucson’s priorities
    • Climate-ready and affordable transportation
    • Relocalization and economic redevelopment, and
    • Public awareness and involvement: Making sustainability our way of life

    Candidates will be asked to discuss how they see the challenges that the city faces in these areas, and what role the City government has in helping to prepare Tucson for the challenges ahead.

    Co-sponsors to date are:

    • Local First Arizona
    • Pima County Food Alliance
    • Progressive Democrats of Arizona
    • Changemaker High School

    6:00 to 8:30, August 9, 2017
    Changemaker High School
    1300 S Belevedere Ave

    Topics will cover water, transportation, jobs, financing, and redevelopment.

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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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