TUSD Board candidate Lori Riegel at DGT

    June 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only


    Lori  Riegel  is the Development Director with the Arizona Children’s Assn. and is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership at Lesley U.  This is her first bid for TUSD Governing Board, a non partisan race.

    3 incumbents on the TUSD Board are up for re-election: Mark Stegeman, Kristel Foster, Cam Juarez. Also running are Don Cotton, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, Francis Saitta — all who have run for this TUSD seat before.  Also entering the race are newcomers Rachael Sedgwick and Brett Rustand.

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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. Lori and her daughter are both graduates of a TUSD’s University High School. In the beginning of her talk today she handed out a flyer about comparing TUSD with Chandler HS, showing differences in classroom spending, administrative spending, and enrollment between the 2 schools. She said she wanted to make the point about prioritizing funding at TUSD, where she has recently been a substitute teacher on her days off. Questions from audience were about why student enrollment declining in TUSD, whom would she work best with on the current board, the aforementioned auditor general report regarding adm. spending categories, talking with the teachers she subbed for, comparison to Vail School District, charter schools taking students from TUSD, her most important changes to school board, special education, and the TUSD desegregation court order.


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