TUSD Governing Board Candidates forum




    TUSD Candidate Forum. To be held at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita (co-sponsored by League of Women Voters and YWCA). All candidates have been invited, and the LWVGT “expects a lively exchange of views and responses to audience questions.”

    Who’s running (7 candidates for 3 seats). Three incumbents Kristel Foster, Cam Juarez, Dr. Mark Stegeman seeking re-election.  Challengers are Betts Putnam-Hidalgo (ran twice before for a seat on this board), Lori Riegel, Brett Rustand, Rachael Sedgwick.


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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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