Sam Almy, AZ Dem Party Elections Director at DGT

    April 20, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 North Bonita Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only

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    Almy will speak on:  “Results of 2014 Election, What Have We Learned”. Almy can be reached at: (602)234-6822 |

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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. Sam,
      I am a precinct committeewoman, a state committee woman and the secretary of the Yuma local Democratic Party. I am attempting to get logged into the VAN so I can help others and myself continue to serve the party.

    2. Almy spoke about D/R/I turnout statewide, with 2014 having a “historically low turnout” statewide at 47.5% (lowest turnout was 45.8% in 1998). Democrats lost a house seat in LD 2, and the biggest lost was in CD 2 (Ron Barber losing to Martha McSally by 167 votes). Although Pima County had highest voter turnout at 55.2%, it was lower than expected. Questions from the audience (including LD 2 State Senator Andrea Dalessandro & LD 10 House rep. Bruce Wheeler): whether D Party should back progressive over moderate candidates, higher minimum wage issue, any info on teacher vote, turnout for City Council races, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s progressive success, Colorado marijuana initiative, any difference between early and poll turnout in Dem party, LD 2 race with two CDs, state party remodeling strategy, Independents being more R or D, magic # needed for statewide turnout, pending S. Ct. case on independent redistricting.


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