Former House Rep. Phil Lopes on U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign at DGT

    August 24, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 North Bonita Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only


    Former AZ House  Rep. Phil Lopes, now Tucson Director of Progressive Democrats of Arizona (PDA) will speak on Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Sanders is the junior U.S. Senator from Vermont.  This election will be in Nov. 2016.

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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. Former Rep. Lopes spoke passionately about Senator Sanders who “wants to help ordinary people”, is an Independent U.S. Senator caucusing w/ the Democrats; is accepting no PAC $, refuses to attack his Democratic opponents for U.S. President, has a 12 point plan on his website May have some weaknesses with Black & Hispanic voters, gun control. Hopes to be on AZ Democratic Presidential Preference Election on March 22, 2016. Questions from the audience were about his foreign policy & immigration stands, environment, registering Independents to vote in the Dem Presidential Pref. election, how will he finance his campaign w/o PACs, why he thinks he can win the nomination, how will he work w/ Republicans in Congress. Lopes said that his largest crowd to date has been 28,000 people, largest donation is $31, and Sanders has said he will support the Dem Pres. nominee if not chosen. Big rally coming up on Oct. 11 for Bernie at Boondocks in Tucson. He’s apparently leading in the polls in N.H., closing the gap in Iowa.


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