LD 10 Candidate Nikki Lee kickoff brunch

    October 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    2901 E 2nd St
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    Carolyn’s note: Currently representing LD 10 in AZ House: Democrat Kirsten Engel and Republican Todd Clodfetler. Also running for LD 10 House is Democrat Domingo DeGrazia, so there will be a primary race in August, 2018.  Nikki Lee is a political newcomer, as is DeGrazia.

    Nikki Lee describes herself on FB as: “Air Force Veteran | Wife | Mother of 3 | Optimist”

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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. About 40 people at this brunch to listen to welcome by Cheryl Cage (former Pima County Dem party Chair), then LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley, who said he was “thrilled” about Nikki’s candidacy, as she worked very hard on the AZ SOS campaign against vouchers (Prop. 305). Nikki then spoke about growing up in rural, conservative Midwest, enlisted in Air Force at age 17, now a Veteran. Her top 3 issues are education, jobs, solar energy. She works as a Software Project Manager for Agran, an Iowa company (ag/water tech). Questions from audience were about her strategy to unseat the Republican House member in LD 10, about her primary race (August 28, 2018), and her current job. Also present were LD 9 House Rep. Randy Friese, LD 10 State Senator David Bradley, David Fitzsimmons (AZ Daily Star cartoonist), and Billy Kovacs, CD 2 candidate.

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