2012 Endorsements

Based on a thorough evaluation of legislative candidate responses to the Graduate Washington Candidate Questionnaire, the Graduate Washington Board of Directors approved endorsements of the following candidates:

  • REP. GARY ALEXANDER (R)

    REP. GARY ALEXANDER (R)2ND LD, HOUSE POS. 1

Representative Gary Alexander understands that higher education is the key to economic recovery and that state investment is critical to a strong higher education system. Perhaps most importantly, Alexander understands the importance of affordability and access for students. As the top Republican on the House Ways and Means committee, he fought to preserve funding for the state need grant, a program that has allowed countless students to earn their degrees and advance to productive careers. After years of cuts, students need his voice in Olympia now more than ever.

Click here to view Representative Gary Alexander’s questionnaire. To learn more about Representative Gary Alexander, please visit his website.

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  • SPEAKER FRANK CHOPP (D)

    SPEAKER FRANK CHOPP (D)43RD LD, HOUSE POS. 2

Frank Chopp must balance dozens of competing interest and personalities at a time in his role as Speaker of the House, but he never loses sight of how students are affected by the policies of his chamber. As speaker, he has pushed for increased financial aid funding and supported important higher education governance reform measures. We acknowledge that the relationship between Chopp and some university officials has been strained at times, but his commitment to keeping post-secondary education affordable and accessible is unswerving and his pursuit of innovative solutions is matched by few in Olympia.

Click here to view Speaker Frank Chopp’s questionnaire. To learn more about Speaker Frank Chopp, please visit his website.

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  • SYLVESTER CANN (D)

    SYLVESTER CANN (D)46TH LD, HOUSE POS. 1

  • REP. GERRY POLLET (D)

    REP. GERRY POLLET (D)46TH LD, HOUSE POS. 1

**GRADUATE WASHINGTON DUAL ENDORSEMENT**

Sylvester Cann and Representative Gerry Pollet are both equally positioned to champion higher education in the legislature during the 2012 session. Both understand the current policies being debated and will advocate strongly for students in Olympia. When it comes to higher education, voters can trust either candidate to fight for affordability, accessibility, accountability, and academic quality on behalf of students.

Click here to view Sylvester Cann’s questionnaire. To learn more about Sylvester Cann, please visit his website.

Click here to view Representative Gerry Pollet’s questionnaire. To learn more about Representative Gerry Pollet, please visit his website.

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  • JESSYN FARRELL (D)

    JESSYN FARRELL (D)46TH LD, HOUSE POS. 2

Higher education funding, along with transparency and oversight to ensure students money is being effectively spent, will be among Jessyn Farrell’s top priorities as a legislator. She opposes further cuts in state support and will seek new ways to provide the resources necessary to run an affordable, world-class higher education system. As a University of Washington graduate and mother of two, Farrell has more than one reason to support higher education on a personal level as well. Farrell has the knowledge, drive, and coalition-building experience to make a real difference for students in Olympia.

Click here to view Jessyn Farrell’s questionnaire. To learn more about Jessyn Farrell, please visit her website.

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  • SEN. DAVID FROCKT (D)

    SEN. DAVID FROCKT (D)46TH LD, SENATE

**GRADUATE WASHINGTON EARLY ENDORSEMENT**

Senator Frockt is one of the few true higher education champions in the senate and will be in further diminished company with the likely departures of Senators Kilmer and Kastama. After moving up to the senate, he inherited a spot on the higher education and workforce development committee and without hesitation waded into the middle of policy development. Senator Frockt sponsored and passed SB 6121, which required financial aid counseling to be provided by all of Washington’s higher education institutions.

Click here to view Senator David Frockt’s questionnaire. To learn more about Senator David Frockt, please visit his website.

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  • CYRUS HABIB (D)

    CYRUS HABIB (D)48TH LD, HOUSE POS. 2

Attorney Cyrus Habib has already been a strong advocate for students through his work on the Bellevue College Foundation, where he helps raise money for scholarships that benefit economically disadvantaged students at the school. As a legislator, Habib wants to stop shifting the cost of education onto students, provide resources to expand course offerings and STEM opportunities, and leverage further partnerships with the business community to supplement state financial aid. His technocratic approach will make him an effective force for higher education in Olympia.

Click here to view Cyrus Habib’s questionnaire. To learn more about Cyrus Habib, please visit his website.

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  • REP. LARRY HALER (R)

    REP. LARRY HALER (R)8TH LD, HOUSE POS. 2

As the ranking member on the House Higher Education committee, Representative Larry Haler has pushed for accessibility and governance reform in Washington’s colleges and universities. He is also part of a bipartisan coalition of legislators and candidates looking to return the state to funding 50 percent of the cost of education. Haler has demonstrated his ability to work across the aisle and craft bipartisan legislation at a time when the legislature is more divided and gridlocked than ever before. We strongly support returning Representative Haler to Olympia to continue advocating on behalf of higher education and students.

Click here to view Representative Larry Haler’s questionnaire. To learn more about Representative Larry Haler, please visit his website.

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  • SEN. MARY MARGARET HAUGEN (D)

    SEN. MARY MARGARET HAUGEN (D)10TH LD, SENATE

Most people don’t think of Senator Mary Margaret Haugen when they think of higher education champions – they should. A graduate of vocational school and hailing from a rural district, Haugen understands the importance of an extensive, comprehensive higher education system that serves all Washingtonians. She was instrumental in SB 5636, which brought a four-year degree option to Everett as part of the Washington State University extension, an achievement she calls one of the proudest moments of her legislative career. The Senate needs Haugen’s tenacious support for accessibility in higher education.

Click here to view Senator Mary Margaret Haugen’s questionnaire. To learn more about Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, please visit her website.

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  • MATT KROGH (D)

    MATT KROGH (D)42ND LD, HOUSE POS. 2

Matt Krogh is a small business owner and Western Washington University graduate seeking to represent the district bordering his alma mater. He wants to move away from the high-tuition, loan-intensive model of higher education in favor of low tuition with a focus on need and service grants to maintain affordability. Krogh is also a proponent of increasing stakeholder participant in higher education decision making and has experience working with at-risk youth in order to prepare them for success at college. He is poised to be a great fit for his district and a strong advocate for students.

Click here to view Matt Krogh’s questionnaire. To learn more about Matt Krogh, please visit his website.

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  • CHAD MAGENDANZ (R)

    CHAD MAGENDANZ (R)5TH LD, HOUSE POS. 2

**GRADUATE WASHINGTON EARLY ENDORSEMENT**

In his questionnaire, Magendanz demonstrated a strong knowledge of current issues in higher education, including funding, financial aid, pipeline concerns, transparency and accountability. He is also knowledgeable about how things work down in Olympia, having served on the State School Directors Legislative Affairs Committee for several years before. His background in K-12 makes him well-positioned to champion for higher education as a critical part of the public education system.

Click here to view Chad Magendanz’s questionnaire. To learn more about Chad Magendanz, please visit his website.

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  • MATT MANWELLER (R)

    MATT MANWELLER (R)13TH LD, HOUSE POS. 2

Matt Manweller is a professor of political science at Central Washington University and has served as both Faculty Legislative Representative and President of the Faculty Senate. He supports increasing state funding to cover 50 percent of the cost of tuition and measures to make Advanced Placement, Running Start, and Community College credits transfer. Manweller’s background in the field, knowledge of the legislative process, and strong support for higher education make him the clear choice for this open seat race.

Click here to view Matt Manweller’s questionnaire. To learn more about Matt Manweller, please visit his website.

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  • MARK MULLET (D)

    MARK MULLET (D)5TH LD, SENATE

Local elected officials usually don’t spend too much time being concerned about the state of higher education, but even on the Issaquah City Council, Mark Mullet has been a strong advocate for access to post-secondary education. As a council member, he was a leader in the push to bring a Bellevue College satellite campus to the Issaquah Highlands, making it easier for students limited by geography to pursue their post-secondary education. In the legislature, Mullet will be a force for the strong funding and performance accountability that will drive our colleges and universities to excel.

Click here to view Mark Mullet’s questionnaire. To learn more about Mark Mullet, please visit his website.

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  • REP. CHRIS REYKDAL (D)

    REP. CHRIS REYKDAL (D)22ND LD, HOUSE POS. 1

As an Associate Director at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and Trustee of College Spark Washington, Representative Chris Reykdal is intimately familiar with how our public institutions operate. He firmly believes in higher education as a means of socioeconomic advancement, while at the same time leveraging his policy-rich background to sponsor and pass legislation improving performance, such as HB 1909 and HB 2352. Reykdal’s support for financial aid, oversight and accountability, and a dedicated funding source make him a clear higher education champion.

Click here to view Representative Chris Reykdal’s questionnaire. To learn more about Representative Chris Reykdal, please visit his website.

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  • MARCUS RICCELLI (D)

    MARCUS RICCELLI (D)3RD LD, HOUSE POS. 1

Marcus Riccelli, a senior policy aide to retiring Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, understands that higher education doesn’t exist in a vacuum. He knows that the transitions from K-12 and into the workforce are just as important as a postsecondary degree itself—and will fight to improve both if elected. As a graduate student at the UW, Riccelli represented his peers in Olympia as the Vice President of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, advocating for affordability, accountability and academic quality. We expect him to take that same vision with him when he returns to the Legislature representing the 3rd legislative district.

Click here to view Marcus Riccelli’s questionnaire. To learn more about Marcus Riccelli, please visit his website.

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  • REP. LARRY SEAQUIST (D)

    REP. LARRY SEAQUIST (D)26TH LD, HOUSE POS. 2

**GRADUATE WASHINGTON EARLY ENDORSEMENT**

Representative Seaquist has emerged as a real advocate for higher education since his rise to the helm of the house higher education committee. He commands significant respect in his caucus and was instrumental in bringing the cuts to higher education to almost zero, saving further institutional and financial aid reductions. His passion for the issue and openness to engage with stakeholders of all backgrounds make him one of higher education’s most valuable legislator in Olympia.

Click here to view Representative Larry Seaquist’s questionnaire. To learn more about Representative Larry Seaquist, please visit his website.

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  • REP. MIKE SELLS (D)

    REP. MIKE SELLS (D)38TH LD, HOUSE POS. 2

During his time in the legislature, Representative Mike Sells has never wavered in his support of students. He has fought to hold the line on tuition increases and budget cuts, supported greater student representation in higher education governance, and pushed for greater accessibility in the form of four-year degree programs in Everett and additional Running Start opportunities. Sitting on the Labor and Workforce Development, Higher Education and Education Appropriations committees, Sells has the resources to continue as a higher education champion in Olympia.

Click here to view Representative Mike Sells’ questionnaire. To learn more about Representative Mike Sells, please visit his website.

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  • REP. DEREK STANFORD (D)

    REP. DEREK STANFORD (D)1ST LD, HOUSE POS. 1

**GRADUATE WASHINGTON EARLY ENDORSEMENT**

In many ways the democratic counterpart to Zeiger, Representative Stanford has been a strong supporter of higher education and students since being elected in 2010. He is the leader on governance reform in the house democratic caucus – sponsoring HB 2596, HB 2681 and HB 2709 in the last session alone – and, as a member of the education appropriations committee, he has fought to protect funding for both institutions and financial aid programs. As a legislator, his accessibility and openness to new ideas is unparalleled.

Click here to view Representative Derek Stanford’s questionnaire. To learn more about Representative Derek Stanford, please visit his website.

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  • REP. PAT SULLIVAN (D)

    REP. PAT SULLIVAN (D)47TH LD, HOUSE POS. 2

For Representative Pat Sullivan, House Majority Leader, finding a way to begin restoring higher education funding is the top priority heading into the 2012 legislative session. He understands that a strong K-12 system must be partnered with a great higher education system; otherwise, far too many college-ready high school graduates will find no means of pursuing a college degree. Sullivan is well positioned to fight for students in Olympia, and he deserves another term.

Click here to view Representative Pat Sullivan’s questionnaire. To learn more about Representative Pat Sullivan, please visit his website.

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  • GAEL TARLETON (D)

    GAEL TARLETON (D)36TH LD, HOUSE POS. 2

Gael Tarleton has such a rigorous policy plan for higher education that it would take pages to capture the length of it. She wants to create a three-year “tuition freeze” by dramatically increasing state investment, leverage new revenue and federal funding to recruit and retain faculty that promote academic quality, and push aggressive outreach to tribal nations and rural communities to boost degree attainment in traditionally underserved communities. Her deep knowledge is informed by her own life, particularly her work at the University of Washington where she helped identify and secure federal funding that helps educate students and drives the institution’s research efforts. Tarleton’s mastery of policy and dedication to higher education will make her a force in Olympia.

Click here to view Gael Tarleton’s questionnaire. To learn more about Gael Tarleton, please visit her website.

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  • REP. HANS ZEIGER (R)

    REP. HANS ZEIGER (R)25TH LD, HOUSE POS. 2

**GRADUATE WASHINGTON EARLY ENDORSEMENT**

Representative Zeiger has made higher education one of his top priorities since being elected in 2010. He is always receptive to students and has been a leader on accountability, transparency and governance reform, including sponsoring and shepherding HB 2313, which required public comment at board of regents’ meetings.

Click here to view Representative Hans Zeiger’s questionnaire. To learn more about Representative Hans Zeiger, please visit his website.

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