Nucleus Club with Steve Farley



“Join the Monthly Meeting of the Nucleus Club on January 10th with guest speaker Steve Farley, former LD 9 Arizona State Senator and former Gubernatorial candidate.

In addition, we will have special announcements from Nucleus Club Board on the future of Nucleus Club and announcement of officer elections.

Viscount Suite Hotel
4855 E Broadway Blvd.
5:30pm – Cocktails and Appetizers
6:00pm – Program

For more information on the Nucleus Club and how you can become a member, please visit:
or email:”

Carolyn’s note:  After 12 years in the Arizona House & Senate, former LD 9 Senator Steve Farley is considering a run for Mayor of the City of Tucson, since current Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is not running for his 3rd term.   Steve just lost in the 3 way Democratic August 2018 primary for Governor, to Dr. David Garcia. Steve first ran unsuccessfully for Ward 6 City Council primary in August 2005. 
UPDATE: Steve Farley will be announcing his bid for Mayor of Tucson tonight. Ward 1 Councilmember Regina Romero announced her campaign for Mayor yesterday. So there will be a Dem primary on August 27, 2019.
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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).


  1. Ward 3 Councilman Paul Durham endorsed Steve Farley for Mayor today:
    For Immediate Release
    Contact: A.J. Flick, Communications Director, 520-338-0622,

    Paul Durham Endorses Steve Farley for Tucson Mayor

    (Tucson) – Today, Tucson City Council Member Paul Durham announced his support for Democrat Steve Farley for Mayor of Tucson.

    “I believe Steve will be an excellent Mayor for all of Tucson,” said Durham. “Steve cares about getting the details right, because he knows that decisions made by government affect the lives of people in our community. I see this in his work to improve our public transportation, his fight to expand health coverage for low-income people, his track record of creating good jobs, and his support for a woman’s right to choose.
    “I also know that Steve will be a leader in making Tucson a solar city that leads in the fight against global warming.”

    “I’m thrilled to have Paul’s support along with his strong ideas for Tucson’s future,” said Steve Farley. “Let’s face it, Tucson is already the best city in Arizona, but if we make the right decisions, we can lead the nation in combating climate change and building a sustainable future.”

    Steve Farley is a 56-year-old small-business owner and artist who has lived in Tucson since 1995. He is father to Amelia, 24, and Genevieve, 19, and he’s engaged to Kitt Leonard, an Arizona native who works in IT at Tucson Medical Center and has five children and four grandchildren.

    The child of public school teachers, Steve is a big believer in public education. Representing Tucson in Arizona’s legislature, he fought to increase teacher pay and reduce class sizes. He worked to protect Tucson in the Arizona Legislature for 12 years – three terms in the House and three in the Senate. He is also one of Arizona’s most successful leaders in pushing to improve public transportation. Steve was instrumental in gaining approval for the comprehensive regional transportation system (RTA), which has created thousands of jobs, made widespread improvements to our roads, buses, bikeways and sidewalks, and installed Tucson’s Modern Streetcar rail line.

    Steve worked across the aisle to expand Medicaid healthcare to 400,000 Arizonans, and successfully leveraged the power wielded by the RedforEd teachers movement to help approve more than $415 million in new funds for K-12 public education in this year.


    AJ Flick

  2. Steve Farley is definitely running for Mayor — media advisory today 1/10/19:

    “Steve Farley, former Arizona State Senator and candidate for Tucson Mayor, will address the Democratic Nucleus Club this evening at 5:30 p.m. After his speech, he will answer questions from the club’s membership. After that, Steve will be available for press interview.
    Members of the media are invited to cover the event. Due to the nature of the meeting, we ask that media wait until after the speech and Q&A session to speak to Farley. Those who are unable to attend the meeting but would like to speak to Farley today should contact A.J. Flick at contact info below.
    WHAT: Media Availability with Democratic candidate for Mayor Steve Farley
    WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Nucleus Club meeting at Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway.
    “I love living in Tucson,” said Farley, 56. “I moved here 25 years ago, and I’ve never looked back. We’ve got serious challenges ahead of us, but Tucsonans are smart, passionate people. I believe that we can find ways to protect ourselves from climate change and from Donald Trump if we pull together as a community.”
    Steve graduated from Williams College in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He was first elected to the Arizona Legislature as State Representative to represent Tucson in November 2006, eventually rising to become House Assistant Minority Leader. He later served in Arizona’s State Senate, where he was Ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee, and a member of the Appropriations and Joint Legislative Budget committees. Before that, he took the lead in creating the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), which has resulted in thousands of new, good jobs and a revitalized Southern Arizona.
    Steve Farley has fought to protect Tucson as a State Representative from 2007-2013, rising to become House Assistant Minority Leader. In three terms following in the state Senate, he served as Assistant Minority Leader, was the ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee and served on the Joint Legislative Budget and Appropriations committees, overseeing the $10 billion state budget. He was awarded Best Democratic Elected Official by the Arizona Capitol Times as he worked across the aisle to expand Medicaid health insurance to 400,000 people in poverty and leveraged the power wielded by the RedforEd teacher movement to obtain $415 million in new money for K-12 public schools in the current fiscal year.
    Farley brings deep experience in infrastructure, water, transportation, education and economic development to the Mayor’s race. Farley was instrumental in gaining approval for a comprehensive regional transportation system of roads, buses, bikeways and sidewalks, and the modern streetcar light rail line, which opened in Tucson in 2014 and has created thousands of jobs and more than $1 billion in private construction projects within three blocks of its route — all in the middle of the worst recession Arizona has seen. ”
    Media inquiries: A.J. Flick, Steve for Tucson Communications Director, 520-338-0622,

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