CD 2 Candidate/Former Asst. Sec. of the Army Mary Sally Matiella at DGT

    June 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    Mary Sally Matiella was a :United States Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), holding office from February 16, 2010 until February 27, 2014, when she resigned.”  Photo and bio from wikipedia.

    She will be speaking on her career from the Old Pueblo to The Pentagon. Mary Sally is also considering a bid for CD 2 House in the Dem primary.

    “On November 23, 2009, President Barack H. Obama nominated Dr. Matiella as Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller, and she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 11, 2010. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Matiella served as Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Accounting for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She was responsible for the payment of over $40 billion in annual grants, loans and subsidies, and the consolidation and submission of quarterly and annual financial statements to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

    She ensured HUD was in full compliance with government legislation, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and other governmental budget and accounting standards. Under her leadership, HUD earned ‘unqualified’ audit opinions each fiscal year and received all ‘green’ ratings from OMB for its accounting practices.

    In December 2001, Dr. Matiella entered the Senior Executive Service (SES) and served as the Chief Financial Officer for the USDA Forest Service. She oversaw the formulation and execution of a $4 billion annual budget, which funded the management of 200 million acres of national forest and grasslands. Under her leadership, the Forest Service received its first ever ‘clean’ audit opinion in FY 2002 and the GAO, April 2003 report, recognized the Forest Service for “Significant Improvement in Financial Reporting.”

    Dr. Matiella is exploring a potential run for Congressional District 2. Her presentation will be on here rise from Pueblo High School to the Pentagon.”

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    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. Overflow crowd at DGT today to hear Mary Matiella speak on her journey from Pueblo High School to The Pentagon. From a poor immigrant family farming cotton/watermelons, which later moved to Tucson, where her father was injured/disabled doing construction, Mary learned hardship and perseverance. She got a high school internship at DMAFB, then went to UA for her Bacherlor’s in Education, Master’s in Business Adm. and (ultimately Ph.D. in Education as well). She spent 20 years working in the Air Force, US Forest Service, then HUD handing multi-million dollar budgets. Ultimately she came out of retirement in 2008 to work as Asst. Sec. of the Army at The Pentagon for 4 years, and believes in financial integrity and “equity for all”. She hopes to increase less than 20% of women in Congress, less than 7% Hispanic members. Top issues are education and health care for all.
      Questions from the audience were about her vision for health care, position on campaign finance reform, whether she can raise the $6 to 10 M needed for a Congressional race; position on climate change; explanation of “equity”; whether she will fight for Whites as well as Hispanics, why is she the best candidate for CD 2; are Democrats inclusive; whether federal defense budget can be lessened; position on international affairs & AID $; how work with other Congressional offices; creation of sustainable/solar jobs; how will she engage non-voting voters; how get Independents who voted for McSally to vote for her; and her top issues as a freshman Congresswoman, support for the A10 fighter, and her positions on ERA, Pro-Choice, reproductive rights.
      In attendance today: CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva, Councilmembers Karin Uhlich, Richard Fimbres, Regina Romero, State Senator Andrea Dalessandro, former Pima County Supe Dan Eckstrom, CD 2 candidates former Rep. Bruce Wheeler and Charlie Verdin, former House Rep. Phil Lopes and Matt Kopec.

    2. Official announcement today: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      June 19, 2017

      Adam Kinsey
      (520) 834-6384


      Mary Matiella is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for Arizona’s Second Congressional District.

      Matiella served as Chief Financial Officer for the United States Forest Service, Assistant Chief Financial Officer at Housing and Urban Development, and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller, a position designated by the Department of Defense as the civilian equivalent to a four-star general. Matiella was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position and received unanimous Senate confirmation.

      “My work and leadership focus has always been that the tax payer’s dollar is well accounted for. Other people may talk about cutting waste and transparency – I can tell you not only do I understand these tasks from first-hand experience, but I have the skills and drive to ensure that the people of the second congressional district have a knowledgeable advocate on their side representing their interests.”

      A native of Southern Arizona, Matiella earned her B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Arizona, and while working at the pentagon received her doctorate from George Washington University.

      “I’ve always felt Southern Arizona built my values and contributed so much to the woman I’ve become; a woman that believes in equal opportunity, and even more, believes in equity. Now it’s my time to serve Southern Arizona directly.”

      Longtime Democratic activists Bill Roe and Ann Nichols will serve as campaign chair and treasurer. Adam Kinsey and Andy Barr of Saguaro Strategies, along with Kelsey O’Hara and Milyn Mapalo of Prosper Rose have been retained as consultants.

      More information can be found at

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