LWVGT City Council candidate forum


    Presented by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and YWCA of Southern Arizona.  Candidates will be on General Election ballot for November 7, 2017.  Vote by mail ballots go out on October 11, 2017.

    The forum will be moderated by former LWVGT President Shirley Sandelands.  Members of the audience will be able to submit questions in writing.  Index cards will be made available for questions.

    All candidates have been invited:

    Ward 3: (open seat, Councilmember Karin Uhlich retiring)

    Paul Durham (D)

    Gary Watson (I)

    Ward 5:

    Richard Fimbres (D), unopposed incumbent

    Ward 6:

    Mike Cease (G)

    Steve Kozachik (D), incumbent

    Mariano Rodriguez (R)

    Vote wisely on or before 11/7/17.

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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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