Ward 3 Council candidate Paul Durham at DGT

    January 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich is retiring after 3 terms.  Seeking this open seat in Nov. 2017 is attorney & solar energy advocate Paul Durham, former Treasurer of Pima County Dem Party.  Durham holds a law degree from Stanford Law School and an MBA from the University of Colorado. From 2005 to 2006, he served as chief of staff to Tucson City Councilmember Nina Trasoff.

    Paul Durham

    Press release:

    Paul Durham Announces Tucson City Council Run

    “Today, attorney and solar energy advocate Paul Durham announced that he has filed as a Democrat to run for the Tucson City Council Ward Three seat being vacated in 2017 by current Councilmember Karin Uhlich.

    “I’m running for the Tucson City Council because I care strongly about our quality of life, neighborhoods, jobs, transportation and sustainability. With President-elect Trump leading the federal government, we will need to solve our own problems here in Tucson. We need strong local leaders to continue moving our city forward,” said Durham. “It is crucial that we continue to improve our infrastructure, public safety and quality of life for every Tucsonan.”

    Durham holds a law degree from Stanford Law School and an MBA from the University of Colorado. From 2005 to 2006, he served as chief of staff to Tucson City Councilmember Nina Trasoff.

    Durham is a board member of El Grupo Youth Cycling, a local non-profit whose mission is to empower youth through bicycles, a former Treasurer of the Pima County Democratic Party, and a member of the Tucson-Pima County Metropolitan Energy Commission, where he has worked to promote solar energy.”


    www.paulforprorgress.com is campaign website.

    Who’s running so far: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2017/01/05/ward-3-tucson-city-council-candidate-pool-is-filling-up.  (Paul Durham; Mansfeld Middle school teacher Felicia Chew; business owner Tom Tronsdale of Canyon Fence Co., and Libertarian Julian Mazza).


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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. I received a mailer from Paul Durham’s campaign in my mailbox, attacking Felicia Chew in a most unprofessional manner. I think that Democrats can easily run a good campaign without resorting to this kind of garbage, which I would normally expect to come from right wing fringe groups. For the record, the flyer went straight from the mailbox to the dumpster. With this mailer, Mr. Durham is compromised his qualifications. Let’s have a good campaign without backstabbing.

    2. I like what I hear of Paul’s environmental awareness and support for strong neighborhoods, but wonder what he would hope to do to combat the fear that pervades our Latino neighborhoods. What is Paul’s position on “immigrant friendly” vs Sanctuary City?

      • Thanks for your question Lois. Latino communities must be free from the constant fear of immigration authorities. When it comes to public safety, I believe that our police officers need strong relationships with the community. We want our police officers to have the confidence and the trust of all communities and neighborhoods in Tucson.

        And here’s what we don’t want. We don’t want a situation where people who see a crime being committed are afraid to call the police because a member of their family is undocumented. Or their neighbor is undocumented. Or because they themselves are undocumented. For that reason, Tucson’s police don’t inquire about immigration status when investigating a possible crime. I strongly support that approach. I want our police to be successful, and that means our City policies should help to build trust and cooperation.

    3. Durham spoke today before a packed crowd at DGT. First off former D1 Supervisor candidate Brian Bickel announced he will be running for CD 2 House (Republican Martha McSally’s seat). Durham is a business transaction attorney, but will be a full time Councilmember, if elected. He is gay, and co-chaired the Stonewall Dems at one time. He thinks the City needs to “solve our own problems”, is experienced having been Chief of Staff for Ward 6 Councilmember Nina Trasoff. His vision is a “strong economy, with well paid jobs”, wants to “import talent” back to Tucson, build “strong neighborhoods”. He drives an electric car and worked on a TEP solar rate case, defeated the “demand charge”. Questions from audience were his stand on “immigrant friendly” vs. Sanctuary City; what distinguished him from other 2 Dem candidates; role of the Council re: federal policies; cohesiveness/preparation in case of disaster; support for streetcar &RTA; how track water, food, safety issues as City policies; novel ideas to address homelessness; where does Tucson Water get its water (CAP, aquifer); support for Prop. 206 minimum wage? Former legislator Bruce Wheeler present today. Paul’s website: http://www.paulforprogress.com.

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