Legislative District 2 candidate forum

    “Four of the six candidates for state House and Senate in Legislative District 2 will attend a forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Rancho Resort clubhouse in Sahuarita.
    The 90-minute forum is hosted by the Green Valley News & Sun, Sahuarita Sun and Nogales International.
    Incumbent Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon, a Democrat, has committed to the forum along with House challengers Chris Ackerley and Anthony Sizer, both Republicans. GOP senate candidate Shelley Kais also will attend.
    Incumbent Sen. Andrea Dalessandro is attending a conference out of town and  (incumbent) Rep. Daniel Hernandez said he has another commitment. Both are Democrats.
    LD2 stretches from Tucson to Nogales and includes Green Valley and Sahuarita. Rancho Resort is at La Cañada Drive and Sahuarita Road in Sahuarita. The clubhouse is on the left after entering the gates.
    Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun, will moderate. Email questions for the candidates to: dshearer@gvnews.com.”
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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. I am a State Director for Women in Government and I am in Washington, DC for our Annual Director’s meeting. Please see the Clean Elections Debate for Legislative District 2.


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