Tucson Mayoral & Ward 1 Council candidates neighborhood forum



    “Gentrification, the Housing Crisis, and our Neighborhoods”

    Candidates with Primary Election challengers for upcoming City of Tucson elections, which includes three Mayoral Candidates and four Ward One Candidates, will participate in a forum sponsored by neighborhood and community organizations.  The event will take place on:

    Saturday, June 22, 2019

    El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Boulevard

    12 noon sharp

    This is a non-partisan event that is free and open to the public.

    For more information contact 520 284-0816 or boggmann@yahoo.com

    Sponsoring Organizations:

    Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood Association

    Barrio Neighborhood Coalition

    Casa Maria Catholic Worker House

    Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Association

    El Rio Coalition II

    Menlo Park Neighborhood Association

    Nuestro Barrio de Santa Rita Park/West Ochoa N.A.”

    Seeking the office of Mayor are 3 Democrats: Randi Dorman, Steve Farley & Regina Romero. Dorman is a political newcomer/developer; Farley is the former LD 9 State Senator (served in the legislature for 12 years); Romero is the Ward 1 Councilmember for 3 terms.

    Seeking the Ward 1  Council seat are 4 Democrats:

    Rob Elias, businessman/former professional baseball player (no relation to District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias)

    Sami Hamed, former CD 3 Congressional aide to Congressman Raul Grijalva

    Miguel Ortega, former Chief of Staff to Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich

    Dr. Lane Santa Cruz, former Senior Council aide in Ward 1

    Rob Elias


    Sami Hamed
    Miguel Ortega





    Dr. Lane Santa Cruz






    The Democratic Primary is slated for August 27, 2019.  No  Greens are running for Mayor or Ward 1 Council but there is a write-in Republican candidate for Ward 1, Sam Nagy.  The winner of the Democrat Mayoral primary will face off with Independent Ed Ackerley.

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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).


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