LD 9 House Rep. Dr. Randy Friese campaign re-election kickoff

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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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    1. Over 60 people at this kick off event for Dr. Friese, including Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik, LD 9 Rep. Pam Powers Hannley, Pima County Supe of Public Instruction Dustin Williams, PCC Bd. member Mark Hanna, former CD 1 Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, candidates former Rep. Bruce Wheeler (CD 2), Nikki Lee (LD 10 House), Andres Cano (LD 3 House).Former CD 2 Congressman Ron Barber introduced Randy who spoke of his fight for legislation for gun safety, mental health funding, public education, available health care, as House Assistant Minority Leader. He encouraged all to “talk politics” to your contacts, not to avoid it. Questions from audience were about process to remove guns from mentally ill family members; putting AHCCCS on state exchange; how keep premiums low for ACA; legislation to prevent more forest fires; protection for DACA in-state tuition; Tucson home rule; address climate change, border issues. Several survivors & families of Jan. 8, 2011 Tucson mass shooting were present as well.

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