General Election 2017 for City of Tucson


    General  Election only for three City of Tucson Council races in Ward 3, 5, and 6.

    Ward 3: Paul Durham, winner of Dem primary faces off with Independent Gary Watson. No Republican or Green candidate running in Ward 3, where Democratic Councilmember Karin Uhlich is stepping down after 3 terms.

    Ward 5: Democratic Councilman Richard Fimbres unopposed.

    Ward 6: Democratic Councilman Steve Kozachik faces opposition from Republican Mariano Rodriguez, political newcomer, and Mike Cease, winner of the Green Party primary.

    Voting by mail-in ballot, with only 3 polling locations open. Early ballots go out on Oct. 11.

    Also on ballot: Prop 202 & 203 (Reid Park zoo proposed sales tax increase), Prop. 204 (Strong Start Tucson – early childhood education, also proposed sale tax increase), Prop. 406 (increase in Mayor (to $69,300) & Councilmembers’ salaries (to $39,600)).  Four school district propositions are also on the ballot, depending on where you live:

    Prop. 455 (bonds for  Flowing  Wells School District)

    Prop. 456 (budget override for Marana School District)

    Prop. 457 (budget override for Sunnyside School District)

    Prop. 458 (bonds for TUSD to be repaid through secondary property taxes)

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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).

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