Dustin Williams, candidate for Pima County Superintendent of Schools, campaign kickoff

    February 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Reforma Cocina Y Cantina
    4310 N Campbell Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85719

    dustinwilliamsPlease join us at Reforma for complimentary hors d’oeuvres on Thursday, February 18 from 5 to 7 PM as we launch Dustin Williams’ campaign kick off!! We look forward to seeing you!

    Dustin Williams
    Dustin Williams

    Current Superintendent Linda Arzoumanian is retiring from her seat.

    Dustin Williams website: http://www.dustinwilliamsforeducation.com/. Bio from his website:

    Dustin Williams is a life long Native Tucsonan.  He graduated from Amphitheater High School in 1992 and began working with local youth- coaching youth softball in the Frontier Little League- a job he maintained throughout his university studies. He entered the University of Arizona in 1992 and began studying business and accounting and considered joining his grandfather’s accounting firm.

     Ultimately, Dustin’s coaching experiences lead him to the epiphany that he wanted to work educating Tucson’s youth thus inspiring him to change his major to Education.  While completing his degree in education at the University of Arizona he continued working with students and the community in Flowing Wells 21 Century after school programs.  Dustin described his involvement in the program as, “truly the best way to get first hand teaching experience.”

     Dustin began his career teaching elementary education in Tucson. During his tenure several accomplished leaders and administrators mentored Dustin and encouraged him to pursue his passion for education and explore his natural ability to lead and inspire students. Dustin followed his heart and decided to become an administrator and enrolled in the Northern Arizona University program in Tucson where he successfully completed a Masters in Education.

     Upon the completion of the program Dustin accepted a position as Assistant Director of a Native American Charter school called Ha:san Preparatory & Leadership School. He accepted the position and began working to improve the school’s cultural diversity and academic test scores. In his first year as A.D., the school’s AIMS scores showed a 30% combined increase in the areas of reading and writing and an increase of 8% in mathematics. During his time at Ha:san, he truly learned about the beautiful culture of the Tohono O’odham people and will forever be grateful that the community embraced his leadership.

     Dustin has now traveled full circle and is teaching 6th grade math at Mansfeld Middle School in Tucson Unified School District.  His passion for Public Education has energized him to take the next step in his life. Dustin Williams is running for the Pima County Superintendent of Education and is excited about the future. He is committed to improve the public education systems throughout Pima County. Dustin invites you to contact him to discuss ideas about student achievement. He needs input from you. Together, “we can do better.”

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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. Dropped by Dustin’s campaign kick off. PCDP Chair Jo Holt there, along w/ candidates – Joel Feinman (Pima County Atty.), Kirsten Engel (LD 10 House), Brian Bickel (Pima County Supervisor District 1), Corin Hammond (LD 11 House) and former PCDP Chair Vince Rabago. Ward 2 Councilman Paul Cunningham also there. Also heard tonight that there may be a Dem primary in this race with activist Michael Gordy running for Pima County School Superintendent as well, and a General election challenge by Republican Margaret Burkholder who just ran unsuccessfully for Ward 4 Council in the City of Tucson.

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