LD 3 House candidate Andes Cano at DGT

    March 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    Andres Cano is a  Special Staff Assistant to District 5 Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias (http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=8347).  This is his first bid for political office.

    Andres Cano

    “Andrés Cano is a Democratic candidate for the third legislative district in the Arizona State House of Representatives.

    Raised by a single mom, Andrés saw a path for advancement in Arizona’s public schools, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. He has spent the last 10 years working to advance equity, fairness, and opportunity for Southern Arizonans from all walks of life.

    Andrés, a sixth generation Arizonan, vowed to serve his community as a young child after witnessing his grandmother succumb to an occupational lung disease. Andrés got his first summer job with Pima County at age 14. Six years later, he returned from college to serve as an aide to Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías, becoming the youngest policy advisor in County government.

    In 2016, the Center for the Future of Arizona named Andrés its ‘Emerging Leader.’ The award is given to a public servant who has the potential to have an impact on Arizona’s future for generations to come. Andrés became the first Latino, and the youngest, awardee in the organization’s history.”


    Community Engagement:

    • Honorary Chair, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Planning Committee, 2012-present
    • Vice Chair, Planned Parenthood Arizona Board of Directors, 2013-2017
    • Chair, Legislative District 3 Democratic Committee, 2014-2017
    • Member, Board of Directors, City Center for Collaborative Learning, 2017- present
    • Council Member, President’s LGBTQ Advisory Council, University of Arizona, 2015-present
    • Member, Board of Directors, Literary Connect, 2018- present


    • Henry “Hank” Oyama Community Leadership Award, Amistades, Inc., 2014

    • Emerging Leader, Equality Arizona, 2016
    • Gabe Zimmerman Emerging Leader Award, Center for the Future of Arizona, 2016
    • ‘40 Under 40’ Recipient, 2017, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & the Arizona Daily Star

    Carolyn’s note: There will be two open seats in LD 3 House, as Rep. Sally Gonzales is running for LD 3 Senate, and Rep. Macario Saldate is retiring.  Three candidates seeking these two seats: LD 3 Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford (termed out in the Senate), Andres Cano, and Alma Hernandez (sister to LD 2 Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr.), also a political newcomer.



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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).

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