LD 3 Senate Democratic primary candidates at CCEC debate


There aren’t many contested primary races in the Southern Arizona legislative districts this year. The LD 3 Senate race is contested in the Democratic primary, with challenger Sal Baldenegro going up against incumbent LD 3 State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford.  Baldenegro is a community activist who works as a Digial Media Specialist/boys soccer coach at Desert View High School. In 2012 his attorney  wife Wenona Benally Baldenegro ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress in the Democratic primary in CD 1.  Cajero Bedord has served in the State House and State Senate for 12 years. Both her parents Rep. Bernardo “Nayo” Cajero and Rep. Carmen Cajero served in the State House as well (respectively 5 and 14 years).

LD 3 State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford
LD 3 State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford


Sal Baldenegro
Sal Baldenegro

In June the two candidates recently debated for the AZ Citizens Clean Election Commission at PCC West, and here’s the link to the 40 minute video online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90w1tZswWr4&feature=youtu.be

More information about the candidates:

Baldenegro’s campaign website: http://www.baldenegroforthepeople.com/

Cajero Bedford’s member page: http://www.azleg.gov/MembersPage.asp?Member_ID=91&Legislature=51&Session_ID=110

and campaign website:  http://www.senatorcajerobedford.com/

Watch the debate, read the literature about these two candidates and vote wisely on or before August 26 in the Arizona primary election.  (Polls open at 6 a.m. for those of you who still vote in person). Early voting begins July 31, 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 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).


    • I did list Senator Cajero Bedford’s website above in my post, but thanks for mentioning her FB page which I have seen as well.

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