DGT Annual Awards Luncheon

    September 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Hotel Tucson City Center
    475 N Grande Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    “It’s that time of year where we honor some of the amazing volunteers, campaigners, and activists in our community. Please join Democrats of Great Tucson on Sunday, September 17th for our annual Awards Luncheon. Registration begins at 11 am.”

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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 Tucsoncitizen.com 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, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Several hundred Democrats at this luncheon today, with MC Fitz saying how glad he was to be in the company of so many “normal human beings”. Many Dem elected politicians were present & introduced, prior to the awards ceremony. Eva Bacal presented Martin Bacal Lifetime Achievement to Bob & Elaine Clark, saying they had the “principles we all stand for”; Supervisor Richard Elias presented Business Leader award to Frances Erunez; former Rep. Victoria Steele presented the Laura Hogan Community Outreach award to Renee Morton. Then LD 9 Rep. Kirsten Engel gave a unity speech for all Dems to support whomever won the August 2018 primary, prior to introducing Keynote speaker Steve Farley. He said that a new Democrat was born every time Donald Trump tweeted, that the # of PCs in Arizona has tripled since Nov. 2016, and that “Arizona deserves better than Doug Ducey”, current Governor, who has cut education funding & supported more corporate tax breaks. Farley also said that he wanted the room of Democrats to support whomever wins the Dem Gubernatorial primary, to bring “sanity” back to Arizona. Final thank yous from DGT organizers Jeanne Christie & Jeremey Lasher.

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