Final? 2014 TUSD Governing Board candidates forum


If you haven’t voted your early ballot or are waiting to vote at the polls on November 4, 2014, you still have time to attend an upcoming TUSD Governing Board candidates forum on Oct. 20, at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Ave.  All 9 candidates running for 2 seats on the board were invited, but Francis Saitta has declined and incumbent Michael Hicks has a conflict with a class he’s teaching at PCC.  Of the other 7 candidates, all have confirmed attendance to date: Rene Bernal, Debe Campos-Fleenor, Don Cotton, Miguel Cuveas, Jen Darland, incumbent Adelita Grijalva, & Betts Puthnam-Hidalgo.


More info on all the candidates running, see my earlier post, with campaign websites:

Two earlier forums were held at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church and Palo Verde High School, along with events at Democrats for Greater Tucson and the Republican clubs in town.

2014 Candidates running for these 2 volunteer, nonpartisan school board positions:

Rene Bernal,  political newcomer

Debe Campos-Fleenor, ran before in 2012, placed 5th of 12 candidates

Don Cotton, ran before in 2012, placed 8th of 12 candidates

Miguel Cuevas, former TUSD board member (1 term), defeated in 2012 as an incumbent (placed 4th of 12 candidates for 3 seats)

Jen Darland,  political newcomer

Adelita Grijalva, current TUSD Board member, 3 terms

Michael Hicks, current TUSD Board member, 1 term

Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, ran before in 2012, placed 7th of 12 candidates

Francis Saitta, ran unsuccessfuly before in 2012 for PCC Governing Board, District 5, placed 3rd of 3 candidates for 1 seat

Darland and Putnam-Hidalgo were endorsed by the AZ Daily Star; only Darland by the Tucson Weekly. Tucson Education Assn. has endorsed only Grijalva.

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 4, 2014.


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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 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, (since Jan. 2013).