Party honoring Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich


    Hosted by Southern  Arizona Aids Foundation

    “Join us to honor Concilmember Karin Uhlich as she retires from the Tucson City Council. Vice Mayor Regina Romero & Friends invite you to celebrate Karin’s service to our community. We’ll have lots of food, family & friends. All we need is YOU!

    Karin has been a longtime supporter of the Eon drop-in lounge, a safe space for LGBTQ & allied youth. She knows youth need a place to access programming & services. That’s why she’s co-chair of the capital campaign to open the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, which will house not only Eon, but other youth-centered programming.

    In lieu of gifts, Karin asks you to consider a gift to the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th. ”


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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 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, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. MC Adam Ragan of SAAF introduced Councilwoman Regina Romero, who gave a recap of Karin’s 12 years on the Council, surviving the 2008 recession, helping with Tucson’s water supply, wildlife corridors, job growth, opposing SB 1070, beautifying Miracle Mile, etc. Mayor Rothschild said to Karin”We will miss you”, that she is “intelligent, strategic, knowledgeable”. Ruben Reyes, District Director for CD 3 Congressman Grijalva said that she was the “quintessential public office holder, the lightning rod on issues that others shied away form”. Then Karin spoke thanking everyone for givng her the opportunity to “fall in love with this community”, being “blessed” for the privilege of serving 12 years, that we need to continue the “mission, purpose and passion that doesn’t change”. Karin was the first openly gay politician in Tucson. Also attending tonight: former Mayor Bob Walkup, former Supervisor Dan Eckstrom, City Mgr. Michael Ortega, Ward 3 candidate Paul Durham, Pima County Superintendent Dustin Williams, LD 9 Rep. Pam Powers Hannley, former House Reps. Matt Kopec, Demion Clinco, candidates Betty Villegas and Andres Cano (LD 3). Support for the Thornhill-Lopez Center on 4th Avenue was requested, to open in December 2017.

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