AZ Sec. of State candidate Mark Robert Gordon at DGT

    December 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    Mark Robert Gordon

    Mark Gordon will be speaking on election protection & integrity.  He will be facing a Dem primary in  August, 2018 with Katie Hobbs, LD 24 State Senator.

    “Mark Robert Gordon, an Arizona native and life-long resident, has two decades’ experience as an elections and voting rights watchdog. His national law office, headquartered in D.C., advises governments, candidates, political parties, and not-for-profits nationwide about federal issues. He has designed, run, and participated in election integrity programs for political parties, candidates, and NGOs nationwide, and has served as an Election Protection & Voting Rights attorney nationwide on federal Constitutional issues and voting rights concerns. His approach to election integrity and voting rights is nonpartisan in nature–simply aiming to ensure that the Constitutional and statutory rights of every citizen, regardless of political party, are preserved and protected.

    MRG recently served as an elections specialist on the bipartisan Transition Team of newly elected Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes and helped as part of the DNC and Georgia Democratic Party’s election protection team for this past June’s Congressional runoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. MRG was a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention and is an elected Arizona State Committee Member and Precinct Committeeman from LD28 in North Central Phoenix.

    MRG has served as as a strategist, advisor, attorney, and/or speechwriter to U.S. Presidential, Senate, House, gubernatorial, and state legislative candidates, and has been involved in dozens of campaigns since his days volunteering for Gary Hart’s 1984 Presidential run, a staff member for Carolyn Warner’s 1986 run for Governor, and intern,writer, and researcher for then-Congressman Morris Udall.

    MRG has logged hundreds of pro bono-hours for not-for-profits, arts organizations, and civil rights/anti-discrimination matters. He has enjoyed a long entertainment career as a critically-acclaimed New York stage-and-screen actor/writer/director/producer and print model.

    MRG attended Osborn School District elementary schools and Central High School in Phoenix. He went on to earn degrees from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Columbia Law School, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.”

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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. Gordon spoke today about his 25 years fighting for voting rights, about the current female “Grinchess who stole Democracy in Arizona”, the “worst violators & offenders are in Arizona”. He started off with volunteering for LWV election protection project at Columbia Law School, and has spent his life consulting across the nation on election integrity programs (first project was as DC atty.). He talked about current SOS’s failures (with her support of felony for those who helped deliver others’ ballots), to reduction of polling places from 205 to 60 for March 2016 Pres. Pref. Primary and 6 hour waiting in lines, to failure to send out 200,000 election info pamphlets. He said that “experience & foresight needed” in that office, as that job is to “increase voter participation”, which is a non partisan, legal issue. Questions/statements from audience were about his campaign chair (CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva), endorsements (former Congressman Ron Barber); the hackability of electronic voting systems (need for digital images & a paper trail); how get cross over votes; what were his qualifications for Governor as many AZ Sec. of States have assumed the higher office (5 9f 9 in the past decades). His dad was a disabled veteran and believed in fundamental voting rights. Gordon also spoke of “discriminatory intent and/or impact” of elections and how Arizona was one of 9 states under federal scrutiny of the Voting Rights Act.

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