(Invitation revoked) Yahya Yuksel CD 2 candidate at DGT

    July 23, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    Yahya Yuksel is an attorney and candidate for CD 2 House race.

    UPDATE: Yuksel has been disinvited, per DGT’s  FB page:

    “In light of recent revelations uncovered by Joe Ferguson and local activists, as well as the inflammatory and unacceptable “press conference” held Sunday, the DGT Board has decided to revoke Yuksel’s invitation to speak with our membership.

    The Democrats of Greater Tucson exist as a consistent source of community for Democrats and supporting our candidates, but most importantly we exist to promote Democratic values. These values include protecting the most vulnerable and building communities and relationships on positive, supportive foundations. Accordingly, we expect those we invite to speak to not just agree with, but champion those values.

    Access to our platform is a privilege, not a right, and we take the responsibility very seriously. This action may be unprecedented, but it is a statement of the values we hold dear.

    We welcome discussion on this matter, but our decision is final. Instead, our program on July 23rd will be a community forum on sexual violence, domestic assault, and how we can all equip ourselves to combat rape culture in order to build a stronger Southern Arizona and Democratic community. Details will be posted tomorrow here and via email (please visitTheDGT.org to sign-up for our email list).”

    Yahya Yuksel

    “Yahya is a lifelong Democrat, running for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s 2nd District. Yahya is an international attorney, born and raised in CD2. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in business marketing and a Juris Doctorate in law, and a Masters in Chinese law from China’s top University.

    Yahya is not new to politics. When he was just 14 years old, he and his friend co-founded TeenDemocrats, organizing youth groups to campaign for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid. Following Kerry’s defeat, Yahya and his friends continued pushing the youth agenda, including the establishment of a Teen Court in his high school and volunteering at soup kitchens. After high school, Yahya interned for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, in that time he had the opportunity to hear the many voices of CD2 constituents regarding an array of issues and challenges. Afterward, he served as the youngest Chairman of the City of Tucson Human Relations Commission, promoting and funding social diversity and non-profit initiatives in the Tucson community, and served as the Co-Chair for Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich’s successful 2009 re-election campaign.

    Yahya became the first UofA law student approved to complete an international dual degree program in coordination with Tsinghua University in Beijing. Upon graduation, he was offered an opportunity to become the first American to work in a local Chinese Ministry of Commerce as a licensed Foreign Expert on International Investment. Yahya had unique access to the inner workings of Chinese investment strategies and government processes for the Pearl River Delta region of South China. After serving his term, he accepted a position with an American investment consulting firm, traveling across Asia promoting cross-border investment. During his time abroad, Yahya coordinated development projects with international organizations, Ministers of State, and high net worth individuals to promote the rule of law and internationalization of investment infrastructure.”

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    Carolyn’s note:  Now 7 candidate crowded field for Dem primary nomination for CD 2 House:  former 3 term Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, former House legislators Dr. Matt Heinz and Bruce Wheeler, retired Asst. Secretary of the  U.S. Army Mary Matiella, political newcomers Billy Kovacs (operations mgr. at Hotel Congress) ,  Barbara Sherry (rancher), and attorney Yahya Yuksel.

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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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