LWVGT & AZPM announce upcoming political forums for statewide offices






TUCSON, ARIZONA – Continuing their long tradition of informing voters, the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and Arizona Public Media (AZPM®) announce they are partnering to produce six political forums in 2014.

All six hour-long forums will be free and open to the public, and will be held at the Proscenium Theatre at the Center for the Arts on the west campus of Pima Community College, 2202 West Anklam Road in Tucson.   Pima Community College is a co-sponsor of all six forums. Tickets will be required.


  • Wednesday, July 30 – Republican Primary Gubernatorial Forum – 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 6 – Attorney General – 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 6 – Arizona Corporation Commission – Approximately 7:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 8 – Superintendent of Public Instruction – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 8 – Secretary of State – Approximately 7:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 9 – Governor – 6:30 p.m.

All six forums will be recorded by AZPM for future broadcast on the PBS 6 and World television channels, and on radio station NPR 89.1, and will be available online at azpm.org/yourvote2014.



  • Republican Primary Gubernatorial Forum: PBS 6 – Monday, August 4, 6:00-7:00 p.m., World  – TBA,

NPR 89.1 – Monday, August 4: 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Governor: PBS 6 – Monday, October 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m., World  – TBA,

NPR 89.1 – Monday, October 13: 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Secretary of State: Tuesday, October 14, 6:00-7:00 p.m., World  – TBA,

NPR 89.1 – Tuesday, October 14, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Attorney General: Wednesday, October 15, 6:00-7:00 p.m., World  – TBA,

NPR 89.1 – Wednesday, October 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Thursday, October 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m., World  – TBA,

NPR 89.1 – Thursday, October 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Arizona Corporation Commission: Friday, October 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m., World  – TBA,

NPR 89.1 – Friday, October 17, 7:00-8:00 p.m.


The Republican Primary Gubernatorial Forum will be held on Wednesday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. All six candidates in the Republican Party have been invited to attend.  The forum will be moderated by Lorraine Rivera, host of AZPM’s Arizona Week.


“We are excited to team up with the League for these important events,” said Jack Gibson, General Manager of AZPM.  “We have covered the political scene in Arizona for decades.  The League has worked tirelessly for years to keep people informed about issues and politics.  This is a natural partnership.”


“On behalf of League members, I appreciate the willingness of Arizona Public Media to team with us to present these important forums on the future of Arizona,” said Judy Moll, president of LWVGT.  “The focus of the League for nearly 100 years has been public education on the issues of the day.  These forums continue that proud tradition.”


Tickets will be available through the campaigns of candidates involved and by request on both the AZPM and LWVGT websites. Tickets for the first forum on July 30 will be available on June 30 via registration at lwvgt.org and azpm.org. Registrants are eligible for up to four tickets. All tickets will be distributed on the night of the forum.

For additional information contact:

Bob Richardson                                                        Michael Chihak

League of Women Voters                                    Arizona Public Media

2014Forums@lwvgt.org                                      mchihak@azpm.org

520-971-3294                                                           520-621-5323

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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. No forum for the Democratic Gov. candidate, Fred Duval? Even if unopposed don’t you think equal exposure is fair and justified by your organiztion?

    • I guess there is no hosted forum for Fred Duval since he is running unopposed for Governor of Arizona on the Democratic ticket.

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