The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission held an online debate on April 21, 2022 between 7 candidates seeking the open LD 18 Senate and two House seats in the Democrat primary on August 2, 2022. This debate is now online, moderated by Nick Phillips of AZ Capitol Times at:
Seeking the open LD 18 Senate seat is current LD 10 House Rep. Morgan Abraham, a businessman/Army veteran, and environmental attorney/law professor Priya Sundareshan.
Seeking one of 2 open House seats are Nathan Davis (former teacher/businessman), yoga instructor Nancy Gutierrez, LD 9 House Rep./attorney Chris Mathis, disability advocate Kat Stratford, and businessman Charlie Verdin. Mathis is married to former 2010 Independent Redistricting Commission Chair Colleen Mathis (I). Verdin ran for Congress briefly in 2017 for CD2. Davis ran for Amphi School Governing Board in Nov. 2020.
There is one Republican each running for both Senate and House in LD 18 in the General Election on Nov. 8.
Vote wisely on or before August 2 in the Dem primary for LD 18.
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).
Thank you, Carolyn. I watched this forum on Thursday. Good moderator, very well done. Good candidates. Only one clean candidate but all good. Thanks for featuring it. Valuable presentation.
Yes, we watched it live as well on Thursday night. LD 18 has several good candidates to choose from for Senate and House. Thanks for your comments, Lee.