Special Edition: Conversations with the Candidates Deedra Abboud & Billy Kovacs

    September 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Cartel Coffee
    210 E Broadway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    “Join Billy Kovacs for Congress and Deedra 2018 for a joint Conversation with the Candidate meet-and-greet. This is an informal meet-and-greet where you can learn more about why Billy Kovacs and Deedra Hill Abboudare running for federal office and share with them your input and ideas on the important issues that matter most to you.”


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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).


    1. About 15 people at Cartel Coffee to listen to these 2 young, political newcomers talk about themselves & the issues facing their campaigns. Abboud is from Arkansas, married to an Iraqi husband, and has worked in civil rights/immigration law areas. She thinks Arizona is a purple state and her key issues are healthcare, education, separation of church & state, net-neutrality. Kovacs spoke of alternative energy, fundraising, dialogues with voters in his grassroots campaign, why did Dr. Matt Heinz lose by almost 44,000 votes to Rep. Martha McSally, Iraq war & government contractors. Abboud also addressed these issues somewhat (and corporations funding campaigns) and said that Iraqi pride has been lost, country is more divided than before, has had niece & nephew serve in that war. Joe Ferguson, reporter at AZ Daily Star also present. Venue not the best for this meet & greet, with noisy conversations ongoing in the background, and coffee being ground, made it difficult to hear both candidates, and the conversations.

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