Get Out the Vote Rally with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly

    October 23, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Pima County Dem HQ
    4639 E 1st St
    Tucson, AZ 85711
    Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, courtesy of Pima County Democratic Party
    Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, courtesy of Pima County Democratic Party

    “Early voting in Arizona has begun, and we are making sure that no voter is left out! There is too much at stake to stay at home this year!

    Join Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, as we work to elect Hillary Clinton as our next president and turn Arizona blue—don’t forget to bring a friend!”

    Former CD 8 Congresswoman Gabby Giffords served for 5 years, 2007 to 2012, but had to resign due to being shot in the head on Jan. 8, 2011 by Jared Loughner. Her husband Mark Kelly is a retired NASA astronaut.


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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. Standing room only to hear welcome from Ward 1 Councilmember Regina Romero, then CD 2 Candidate Dr. Matt Heinz (running for Gabby’s old seat), Capt. Mark Kelly, and then former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Video online of speeches:

      Also attending LD 9 Rep. Matt Kopec, candidates Brian Bickel for D1 Supervisor and Pam Powers Hannley, candidate for LD 9 House. Closing speeches by PCDP Chair Jo Holt and Treasurer Aaron Rottenstein, to encourage campaign workers to get out the vote by November 8, 2016.

      Afterward I had a chance to briefly speak with Gabby outside the HQ and hold her hand. Such a tough life for her now after that mass shooting, due to her disabilities. But I bet she’s happy to be alive, and able to still campaign for reasonable gun laws.

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