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GRADUATE WASHINGTON ANNOUNCES GENERAL ELECTION LEGISLATIVE ENDORSEMENTS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2012

Contact: Quinn Majeski
quinn@graduatewashington.org
206.484.5277 

GRADUATE WASHINGTON ANNOUNCES GENERAL ELECTION LEGISLATIVE ENDORSEMENTS

Organization started by young professionals and recent college graduates selects sixteen higher education champions from both sides of the aisle

SEATTLE, Wash. – Graduate Washington announces its legislative endorsements for the 2012 general election. The organization is proud to support the following state legislative candidates:

Rep. Gary Alexander (R-2, position 1), House Speaker Frank Chopp (D-43, position 2), Representative Gerry Pollet and Sylvester Cann (D-46; D-46, position 1), Jessyn Farrell (D-46, position 2), Cyrus Habib (D-48, position 2), Rep. Larry Haler (R-8, position 2), Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10, Senate), Matt Krogh (D-42, position 2), Matt Manweller (R-13, position 2), Mark Mullet (D-5, Senate), Rep. Chris Reykdal (D-22, position 1), Marcus Riccelli (D-3, position 2), Rep. Mike Sells (D-38, position 2), Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-47, position 2), Gael Tarleton (D-36, position 2).

These candidates were selected based on their understanding of higher education policy and their passion for advancing holistic and innovative higher education policy. Each has worked in the legislature or their community to expand accessibility, affordability, accountability and academic quality for Washington state students and institutions.

Graduate Washington’s early endorsed candidates – David Frockt (D-46, Senate), Chad Magendanz (R-5, position 2), Larry Seaquist (D-26, position 2), Derek Stanford (D-1, position 1) and Hans Zeiger (R-25, position 2) – who were announced in August, are all endorsed in the general election.

“These candidates will champion higher education in the legislature, understand the current policies and issues facing students and other stakeholders and have proven their ability to effectively create political and civic change,” said Quinn Majeski, Chair of the Graduate Washington board. “They all have unique experiences and accomplishments, each suited to address the challenges facing higher education in Washington.”

The Graduate Washington questionnaire was distributed to every candidate filed for the 2012 state legislative election, and the organization received nearly 100 completed questionnaires from across the state. Endorsements were made after reviewing legislative records and responses to the Graduate Washington endorsement questionnaire, along with interviews in races where more than one candidate met minimum endorsement standards.

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Founded in 2011, Graduate Washington aims to maintain and expand access to higher education for all students in Washington state through nonpartisan higher education advocacy, policy advancement, and support for higher education champions in the legislature. For more information about Graduate Washington, visit www.graduatewashington.org.