Equity Forum for all Tucson City Council candidates


    “Come hear what your 2017 City Council Candidates from Wards 3,5, and 6 have to say about equity. Hosted by Arizona Center for Empowerment andSouthwest Fair Housing Council (SWFHC)

    Candidates will be asked to address questions related to:

    Affordable Housing
    Workers’ Rights
    Immigrant Rights
    Food Justice
    Quality of Life
    Systemic Racism
    Community Development
    Public Safety
    Disability Rights
    And more…

    Jump up on our community soapbox and pose your own questions about equity to the candidates, too!

    For questions email: rachel@swfhc.com.”


    Who’s running:

    Ward 3:  Paul Durham (D) vs. Gary Watson (I)

    Ward 5: Richard Fimbres (D), incumbent, unopposed

    Ward 6: Mike Cease (G), incumbent Steve Kozachik (D), Mariano Rodriguez (R)

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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. Candidates present tonight: Ward 3 Independent Gary Watson, Ward 6 Green candidate Mike Cease and Democrat incumbent Steve Kozachik. Welcome by Changemaker HS officials, then introductions by the 3 candidates, followed by questions prepared by the students: Define equity and relate individual & campaign story; how help people in cycle of misdemeanor crimes which affect poor & people of color; define homelessness & how provide adequate housing for low/moderate income people; should local law enforcement aid ICE arrests; do you support DACA funding; what is role of City of Tucson in improving schools; how assist in mobility & pedestrian infrastructure. Then questions from the audience were how handle fines/fees in criminal justice system (unclear question); how hold Pima County responsible for detention of undocumented immigrants; support for Office for legal defense of noncitizens; why vote for the Green Party; support for Strong Start Tucson Prop. 204; would you encourage planting of more trees & vegetation mgmt. across City? About 60 people in attendance at this forum, including former PCC Bd. member Georgia Brousseau.


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