U. S. Senate candidate Deedra Abboud at DGT

    February 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    Deedra Abboud

    Deedra Abboud is a political newcomer, facing off (so far) with Democrat CD 9 Congresswoman Krysten Sinema for the Dem nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, vacated by Senator Jeff Flake.  Primary is on 8/28/18.

    “Deedra Abboud, 45, is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

    A Phoenix-based attorney and founder of the leadership consulting firm, the Global Institute of Solution Oriented Leadership, she is highly respected for her community leadership and advocacy. Deedra is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award in Tempe and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award presented by the Human Relations Commission in Phoenix.

    Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Deedra moved to Phoenix in 1998. After 9/11, she launched and served as director for the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) from 2001 to 2005. She was director of the Arizona chapter of the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation, a Washington-based civil rights group, from 2005 to 2009. Deedra has also served on the boards of the Tempe Community Action Agency, Voices for Civil Dialogue, and the AZ Coalition on Migrant Rights. She has volunteered for Girls for Change and Interfaith Worker Justice.

    In 2009, Deedra entered Summit Law School, graduating in 2012 and practicing immigration and estate planning law for nearly five years before deciding to return to community advocacy work during the 2016 election. “When I saw families, friends and neighbors being torn apart by the verbal attacks….I needed to be part of the movement to unite our communities, and move us forward with the American values that have always made us the most inspiring country in the world.”

    Deedra and her three sisters were raised by a single mother, Jean Fullbright, who attended the state law enforcement training academy in Arkansas and became a sheriff’s deputy. Jean wanted to go after deadbeat dads and was later instrumental in creating child support enforcement efforts in Arkansas. “My mom became one of the most determined people I’ve ever known, reaching for something so much bigger than her.”

    Deedra is married to Ali Abboud, an entrepreneur and CEO of his family’s international companies in construction and manufacturing. The couple have been married since 1999 and live in Scottsdale.”


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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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