Prop 123 forum hosted by Democratic Club of Santa Rita Area


    Welcome to the forum on Proposition 123, sponsored by Democratic Club of Santa Rita Area.

    Participants in the Forum:

    Bill Maki, Moderator

    “Ducey’s Choice: Kids today vs. kids tomorrow”

    David Safier, Essayist and Former High School Teacher

    “I know I’m going to hate myself in the morning (when I vote for Prop 123)”

    Dr. Scott Hagerman, Superintendent of the Continental School District.

    “What Prop 123 means to schools and teachers.”

    Andrew Gardner, Treasurer, Committee Opposing Proposition 123.

    “Trust, Triggers, and Tax Cuts: Three reasons to vote NO on 123”

    Steve Farley, AZ State Senator (LD 9)

    “123 in context — a brief history of legislative attacks on Arizona public education,

    why Gov. Ducey is not an education hero, and what you can do to change this.”


    3:05 Welcome and recognitions

    3:10 Introduction of panelists and Prop 123 – Bill Maki

    3:15 10 min each, David Safier, Scott Hagerman, Andrew Gardner, Steve Farley

    4:00 Questions from the audience (30 seconds max)

    4:30 reception


    Biographical sketches

    Bill Maki is the product of public education, receiving his PhD in ExperimentalPsychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a faculty memberat public universities from 1973 to 2008 and is now retired in Green Valley. Heapplies his analytical skills to the psychology of politicians and writes critically about them in his blog (

    David Safier taught high school English and photography in Portland, Oregon, formore than 30 years before moving to Tucson in 2003. He writes on the TucsonWeekly blog, The Range, about K-12 education issues at the local, state andnational level. He also comments on social and political issues when the mood strikes him.

    Before moving to Continental in July, Scott Hagerman was the principal of Kellond Elementary and the Director of Exceptional Education in TUSD. He hasdegrees from Northern Arizona, Michigan State and Cleveland Institute of Music.

    Andrew Gardner is a Democratic activist and software engineer living on Tucson’sWest side. A graduate of Wrightstown Elementary, Magee Middle, and UniversityHigh Schools in the Tucson Unified School District, he is also the parent of a current TUSD student.

    Senator Steve Farley has represented Tucson in the state legislature since 2006. He was named by the Arizona Republic as one of 16 Arizonans to Watch in 2016.Serving as Assistant Minority Leader, ranking member of the Finance Committee,and a member of the Appropriations Committee, he has a detailed knowledge of the state budget picture, of which K12 public education represents 42%. Since his youngest daughter is currently a junior at Tucson High School, he is also a pissed-off parent.

    Paid for by the Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area, Frank Scoonover, Treasurer.


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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).

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