TUSD Governing Bd. candidates forum hosted by Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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    “The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a TUSD Governing Board Candidate Forum on Thursday, September 8th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at CareMore located at 4821 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85704. All 7 candidates have been  invited to come and participate in this discussion to share their priorities for the district.
     
    The forum is open to all candidates running for TUSD Governing Board seats in the upcoming election.
     
    The Chamber’s goal is to provide the community with an opportunity to ask questions, share concerns and learn about the candidates’ background and plans for the district
     
    Lea Marquez Peterson, President/CEO will be moderating the debate, and predetermined questions for the debate will be chosen by committee members.”
    Register online at www.tucsonhispanicchamber.org
    Who’s running: https://blogforarizona.net/whos-running-for-tusd-governing-board-in-2016/.  Incumbents Kristel Foster, Cam Juarez and Dr. Mark Stegeman seeking re-election, being challenged by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, 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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    1. Over 60 people (full house) at tonight’s first TUSD Bd. forum moderated by Lea Marquez Peterson. Introductions by 6 of the candidates (Kristel Foster was late); then followed by prepared questions from the Hispanic Chamber: what role with TUSD’s 5 year strategic plan, how insure effectiveness as a cohesive unit voting on policy, how attract & increase enrollment at TUSD, measures for positive influence on teachers, how address student achievement performance rates. Audience questions were their opinions on Prop. 123 spending, how fix TUSD’s teacher vacancies (159 this year), and how reduce administrative expenses. Also present tonight were TUSD Bd. President Adelita Grijalva, LD 2 House rep. Chris Ackerley, Dustin Williams, candidate for Pima County School Superintendent, former TUSD Bd. candidate John Hunnicutt. Stay tuned for Temple Emanu El forum next week Wednesday.

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