Dr. Matt Heinz, candidate for CD 2 House at DGT

    October 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

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    Dr. Matt Heinz, 2 term former Arizona House Representative will be speaking at DGT. He just won the Arizona Democratic primary to face off against incumbent CD 2 Congresswoman Martha McSally.  Dr. Heinz ran for this seat in the August 2012 primary against Ron Barber.

    Dr. Heinz is a physician at Tucson Medical Center, and also worked for 2 years in Washington D. C. doing outreach for the Affordable Care Act. He was Director of Provider Outreach in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Campaign website: www.heinzforarizona.com.

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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. Matt Heinz made a powerful presentation at DGT today. His background as a medical doctor really makes him well qualified to deal with our ongoing health care debate. He spoke of his own experience using the Affordable Care Act health care exchange. In answer to a question about college affordability, he said that he is still paying off student loans from medical school almost 15 years ago.
      The most powerful part of his talk was his very clear description of Martha McSally as an “enabler” of the 40 member Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives. She votes with them regularly to deny women the right to control their own health decisions and to deny protections to members of the LGBTQ community.
      With Arizona Daily Star writer Joe Ferguson in attendance today, Matt called the Star endorsement of McSally a mistake. She has said little to nothing when Donald Trump has attacked the Hispanic community. She does not represent the values of Southern Arizona.

      • thanks Jim, good assessment of Matt’s talk today. I am surprised that there are now more Democrats registered in CD2 than Republicans. Should be a close race, despite the AZ Daily Star’s endorsement of Congresswoman McSally. The AZ Secretary of State divides the #s of registered voters between active and inactive, so not sure of the actual totals for CD 2: http://apps.azsos.gov/election/voterreg/2016-08-01.pdf

    2. Because Dr. Heinz was late, School Supe candidate Dustin Williams gave an update on his campaign, then Chair of PCDP Jo Holt announced that their registration efforts had been successful in CD 2, with now more Ds registered than Rs. Dr. Heinz then spoke about “emphasizing positive messaging in this campaign” despite “vitriol” from other side, trying to turn Gabby’s district blue again. He talked briefly about his 4 years in State House, that Rep. McSally won’t reveal whom she is voting for U.S.President. Many questions from the audience about nominee Trump, how change things for public health & education, the Affordable Care Act, Prop. 205 recreational marijuana, McSally’s emphasis on military issues, increase in Social Security contributions, environment/climate change, how to transition off coal to cleaner energies, free college education, the narrow vote margin that Rep.McSally won by in 2014 (167 votes) over Ron Barber.

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