TUSD Board candidates forum



    Co-Sponsored by: Voices for Education, Menlo Park Neighborhood Association,
    Brichta Neighborhood Association & Legislative District 3 Democrats.

    The LD 3 Republicans declined an invitation to co-sponsor the event.

    All 9 candidates were invited to attend and Francis Saitta has declined. Incumbent Michael Hicks has a teaching conflict at PCC that evening.  The 7 other candiates have confirmed their attendance: Rene Bernal, Debe Campos-Fleenor, Don Cotton, Miguel Cuevas, Jen Darland, incumbent Adelita Grijalva, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo.

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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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