Doug Robson for TUSD campaign kickoff

    August 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Tucson Racquet & Country Club
    4001 N Country Club Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    Robson’s campaign website:

    Carolyn’s note: There are 2 seats up for election on the TUSD Governing Bd. (non partisan, volunteer seats). Incumbents Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks are running for re-election, as our political newcomers Leila Counts, Adam Ragan,  and now Doug Robson. General Election will be on Nov. 6, 2018.

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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. Before an audience of about 25 people Robson spoke of his 2 daughters attending school first in Chicago, then Catalina Foothills School District, after they moved here in 1980. His life has been spent in computer programming & property management. He said that students deserve better than a D or F school, and he also discussed school disciple, principals being responsible for poor teachers and poor school grades, low AZ teacher salaries. He wants to “reboot TUSD”, shake it up. Questions from audience were about how to improve TUSD enrollment, how to handle contracts better for those who apply to TUSD, and whether he would emphasize STEM or humanities/languages. Also attending were LD 10 Rep. Todd Clodfelter, TUSD Bd. member Mark Stegeman, and former TUSD Bd. candidate Betts Putnam-Hidalgo.


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