Ward 3 Independent Council candidate Gary Watson’s campaign launch party

    August 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Twig's Bistro & Martini Bar
    150 W Wetmore Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85705

    “Come show your support of Gary Watson for City Council and a great new restaurant in Ward 3 Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar-Tucson!”

    Gary Watson

    Gary is a Captain and firefighter at the Northwest Fire Dept. He will face off with the winner of the Democratic primary on August 29 (primary election day), in the November 7, 2017 General Election.  There is no Republican running for this Ward 3 open seat race, as Councilmember Karin Uhlich is retiring.

    His bio from his FB page: “I spent the majority of my youth in Durango, Colorado with my parents and my sister. My mother was a comptroller for the local school district and my father owned a masonry company. My dad had me working from the time I could carry a block. After graduating, I attended Bethany College in Kansas to play football, and then attended the University of Kansas.

    I moved to Tucson in 1990, working my first job at a barback in The Maverick “King of Clubs.” After gaining my EMT certification at Pima Community College, I left the Maverick to pursue a career as a firefighter with Rural/Metro Fire.

    There, I earned my Paramedic Certification through Columbia Northwest Hospital and worked as an Assistant Paramedic Supervisor and a Firefighter/Paramedic at Rural/Metro for five years before moving to North Carolina.

    I worked as a firefighter/paramedic in North Carolina for three years. Those three years in North Carolina helped me gain a better understanding of the value of community service since most fire and EMS positions are that of volunteer work. I returned to Ward 3 in Tucson in 2003 and began my career at Northwest Fire, meeting my beautiful wife, Michelle, shortly after in 2004.

    In 2008, I began teaching the JTED Fire Science Program and Michelle and I brought an EMT program to JTED in 2011. Our EMT program is very community oriented, assisting with large events like the El Tour de Tucson, Town of Sahuarita Spring Festival and Christmas events, VFW Post 4903 Tucson Veterans Day Parade, and Tucson’s El Conquistadors Classic Champions Tour Golf Tournament amongst other events.

    I am currently a Captain and Paramedic with Northwest Fire, and recently completed a term as Union President for NWFD Local 3572. My wife and I have two wonderful children ages 16 and 20, three large dogs, and one very independent cat. Michelle works with the Great Dane Rescue of Southern Arizona and administrates the “Tucson Lost and Found Animals” Facebook page to reunite owners with their lost pets.”


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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. Met Gary tonight at his kickoff at Twig’s at Tucson Mall. He is a union leader, fire captain and JTED instructor and believes that one of the biggest issues facing Tucson is public safety and the other is finding jobs for the economically disadvantaged in Ward 3. He also thinks that “automatic aid” should be provided for emergencies, despite jurisdictional boundaries. His website is http://www.watson4citycouncil.com. Also attending tonight was 2 time Council candidate for Ward 3, Ben Buehler-Garcia. Running as an Independent, Watson may be a first as no other candidate has won in Southern Arizona as an Independent.

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