Legislative Candidate forum for LD 2 and 3


    “All Candidates running for State Legislator and Senator in Legislative Districts Two and Three have been invited.

    Moderated by Ernesto Portillo, Jr.

    The focus is on education, come ask your questions. Free and open to the public!

    Hosted by Arizona Educators United (AEU) and Tucson Unified Parent Advocacy Council (TUPAC)”



    “This Legislative K-12 education forum is being hosted by TUSD & Sunnyside Parent Advocacy Groups as well as AZ Educators United, and it is being moderated by Ernesto Portillo, Jr.

    10 Candidates from LD2/3 are participating: Bobby Wilson (R), Andrea Dalessandro (D), Chris Ackerley (R), Rep. Daniel Hernandez (D), Anthony Sizer (R), Betty Villegas (D), Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales (D), Andres Cano (D), Alma Hernandez (D).”

    Carolyn’s note:  Wilson and Senator Dalessandro running for Senate in LD 2, and Villegas and Gonzales running for Senate in LD 3. Rest of candidates running for State House in LD 2 or LD 3. Only LD 2 Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr. is an incumbent in the House. Alma is his younger sister, running for LD 3 House.

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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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