LD 2 Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate

    June 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Hilton Garden Inn at Tucson Airport
    6575 S Country Club Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85756


    Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for House race in LD 2 in the August 30 primary.  3 Democrats are running for 2 seats:  Aaron Baumann, Rosanna Gabaldon (incumbent), Daniel Hernandez Jr.

    Entire debate schedule here:

    Citizens Clean Elections Legislative Debate Schedule

    Updated debate schedule:

    Updated schedule for primary election – AZ Citizens Clean Election Commission debates

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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. Daniel Hernandez Jr. in his intro said that 2011 was a hectic year for him with the mass shooting, Sunnyside School bd. election,etc. and he ended up one class short of his B.A. He will be allowed to complete that course & degree by the end of August.
      All 3 candidates gave a short introductions, then were asked questions about how to address gender gap re: STEM/Executive positions; about an ideal gun control law; how to address a warming climate. However then each candidate was asked a single question (without responses from the other 2, which did not allow any comparisons in answers): to DH (address being in the minority re: process in developing legislation & moving Democratic agenda forward), RG (importance of honesty/integrity), AB (how get dark $ out of state politics), DH (address wage gap for women/minorities), RG (specific plans to “defeat” LD 2 Rep. Ackerley), AB (how improve voter registration); DH (how prepare for aging population), RG (describe latest random act of kindness), AB how work against Republicans to get adequate funding for universities), DH (how plan effectively to restore K-12 funding), RG (perspective on recreational marijuana), AB (what would your 1st bill submitted be), DH (how handle drug overuse/epidemic), RG (opinion on $ spent meeting needs of state & citizens), AB (how diversify economy & focus on businesses), DH (shortage of doctors in Arizona), RG (position on Prop. 123), AB (position on state rights), DH (need I.D.to vote?), RG (Lake Mead & adequate water supply), AB (U.S. restrictions on immigrants). Then each candidate gave closing remarks. Stay tuned for video on this debate w/in 72 hours by CCEC staff. Attending tonight were PCDP Chair Jo Holt, LD 2 State Senator Andrea Dalessandro, and about 35 people in attendance in total.


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