View LD 9 House Clean Elections debate: Rep. Ethan Orr vs. Dr. Randy Friese


On Wednesday September 3, 2014 a Citizens Clean Election Commission debate was held at PCC downtown between LD 9 House contenders:  incumbent Republican Rep. Ethan Orr and his Democrat challenger Dr. Randy Friese.  Democrat LD 9 Rep. Victoria Steele is also in this race but had an out of town commitment prior to the scheduling of this debate.

About 65 people attended this debate, including Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik (a Democrat) and Pima County  Dem Party Chair Don Jorgensen.

Voters have to choose 2 candidates for 2 AZ House seats in the General Election for LD 9, between these 3 individuals running.

View the video of this debate posted by CCEC:


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DrFriesefor Dr. Friese got his M.D. from the University of Md. School of Medicine and since 2008 has been an Associate Trauma Medical Director at UA., Rep. Orr is  a former Executive Director of a statewide organization dedicated to helping Veterans and people with disabilities find employment, and has his MPA from the UA. 

Dr. Randy Friese
Dr. Randy Friese


Rep. Ethan Orr
Rep. Ethan Orr






Democrat State Senator Steve Farley of LD 9 is running unopposed in this district.

And in case you’re wondering, here the latest voter registration numbers for LD 9 from Pima County Recorder’s Office: Democrats 40,984 Republicans 36, 435 Others 35,599 Libertarians 1041 Green 452 AEL 9.

Vote wisely on or before November 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).


  1. Tucson Weekly issued this statement re: LD 9 race in 10/9/14 issue: “This is a tough call. Legislative District 9, which includes north-central Tucson, the Catalina Foothills and the Casas Adobes area, is now represented by Republican Ethan Orr and Democrat Victoria Steele. Democrats hope to knock out Orr with Dr. Randy Friese, a smart trauma doc who first made local headlines when he helped save many of those wounded in the mass shooting at Gabby Giffords’ Congress on Your Corner on Jan. 8, 2011.

    We like the job that Steele has done at the Legislature and find ourselves aligned with Friese on most issues. But we also respect Orr for crossing party lines to support Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion, as well as his support for educational and other programs in Southern Arizona, even though we disagree with other issues, particularly when it comes to abortion and gun rights.

    It comes down to this: If you want to see more Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives, you should vote for Steele and Friese. If you want to reward a relatively sensible Republican who is willing to sometimes cross party lines, vote for Ethan Orr and one of the other Democrats”.

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