Democratic Party activist Sierra Yamanaka at DGT

    April 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    Sierra Yamanaka will be speaking on “Arizona Democratic Party efforts in CD 2”.

    Sierra Yamanaka

    Her bio:

    “Sierra Yamanaka is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona Honors College where she received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Civic Leadership.

    While in college, Sierra got her start working as an Arizona Democratic Party intern in Oro Valley. She was quickly promoted to Field Organizer, and moved to Casa Grande, taking a semester off of school to run the campaign office there.

    A native of CD-02, she spent 2016 working with the Kirkpatrick for Senate campaign and the Arizona Democratic Party as the Regional Field Director for Congressional District 2.

    She now serves as the Recording Secretary of the Pima County Democratic Party and as the President of the Young Democrats of Arizona. In September, Sierra was hired back on with the Arizona Democratic Party as the Lead Organizer for CD-02, and is excited to be continuing to fight for this critical seat.”

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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. Sierra gave her political field organizer bio, then spoke of of the ADP 15 County Organizing strategy, Inclusion of County Chairs, a $50,000 grant from ADP to the local parties, ADP Academy webinars, effective inclusive coalitions with other groups, taking back the Arizona Legislature, PC trainings. She said they have 120 statewide organizers to turn AZ Blue, watching CD 8 race (special general election coming up April 24) and CD 2 (“must flip”race), using 15-20 student interns to canvass that district, sign up more PEVL voters. Questions from audience were about Rs vs. Ds voter turnout in CD 2; Dem Party primary support for candidates; whether Cochise County is in CD2; endorsement by DCCC for Ann Kirkpatrick in CD 2; more energy in this election cycle, can volunteers donate snacks if can’t canvass; sources for voter activation network data; how to reach Is; housing needed for field directors this summer; CD 2 forum on May 3 at Catalina HS; meet any registered Rs who vote D; do people lie a lot; difference in registration of new Ds vs new Rs statewide; whose decision to take voter off voter list if don’t vote; are young people organizing against gun violence; registering 17 years olds to vote; tracking PC productivity in CD 2; coordinating with groups such as Ground Game, etc.? Candidates Mary Matiella and Bruce Wheeler present today.

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