Former Arizona legislator David Lujan at DGT

    January 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745


    David Lujan
    David Lujan

    “David Lujan is an Arizona native who served in the Arizona legislature from 2005 until 2013. He was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004 representing most of the central Phoenix area. He served a total of three terms in the House from 2005 until 2011, and one term in the Senate from 2012-2013. He was the House Minority Leader from 2009-2011.

    In 2010, Lujan was narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary when he ran to be Arizona’s Attorney General in the Arizona 2010 election. (Felecia Rotellini prevailed over Lujan and Vince Rabago)

    Lujan became an Arizona State Senator on January 11, 2012 when he was appointed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to complete the term of Kyrsten Sinema who resigned to run for the United States Congress.

    Lujan is currently the Director of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies to create jobs and grow the Arizona economy.” (from wikipedia)

    The Democrats of Greater Tucson’s meeting is held each Monday (except holidays) at 12 noon in a luncheon setting at Dragon’s View Restaurant. There is a required nominal charge of $3.50 for a beverage. An optional buffet lunch is available for just $10.00 that includes beverage and dessert. Both prices include tax and tip. Credit and Debit Cards are accepted, but will incur a $2.00 processing fee that is added to the price of your meal.

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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. David spoke of the new Center for Economic Progress, part of Children’s Action Alliance, trying to create “more quality jobs for all Arizonans”. He spoke of poverty in Arizona, with 27% of Latinos in poverty, one in four kids in poverty. He stated that since 1990 the Arizona Legislature (of which he was a legislator) cut taxes of $2.2 B. State budget levels of agencies down since 2008, except for prisons & child safety departments. Gov. Ducey still saying he wants to eliminate the state income tax, which is 45% of the AZ Budget. Kansas tried to do that recently, which has not helped that state. Arizona chambers saying that education K -12 is key to economic progress. Prop. 123 has only restored 17% of the cuts to education. Arizona has “worst teacher shortage crisis” in U.S., with 485 classrooms having “emergency teacher subs” only with high school/GED degrees. 30% of Arizona buses failed inspection last year, 1000 teachers broke their contracts in mid-term. Questions from audience were about impact of charter schools & their accountability; what are action items for his new Center; is Arizona legislature trying to “starve public ed”; how speak out for public ed; how change AZ Legislature & how get voters to vote & be engaged. Last Q was – Do those who not vote place public ed at top of their list (vs. private, parochial schools)? Present today – Paul Durham, candidate for W 3 Council.

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