Candidate statement:

This year students have made tremendous gains working with the legislature to protect higher education. Olympia is starting to listen to us and prioritizing the needs of students. I am proud to be a part of this work, and commit to continuing this battle into next year and the next legislative session.

Through my work as Vice-Chair of the Legislative Affairs Council, Club Liaison of Western Votes, and in the AS Representation and Engagement Programs I have fought for higher education and voter registration, and will continue this effort with passion, courage, and commitment.

My priorities are:
•Expanding work study
•Long-term positive budget solutions
We’ll continue this fight, continue to push. However, I’ll need your support and your involvement to make next year even better.

Why are you seeking this position?

I am seeking this position because through my legislative work in the past year, my work on the Transportation Advisement Committee during the same period, and my organizing work through Western Votes; I have gained the experience necessary to supervise a stellar voter-registration program campaign, Viking Lobby Day and helped create a legislative agenda that effectively speaks the needs of students to Olympia.

What do you think is the role of VP for governmental affairs?

The role is everything that I just stated, as well as working with the local community, such as the mayor and the city council, the Campus Community Coalition and also other interest groups in the area.

What is one issue affecting students that you would like to focus on or work on next?

I would actually like to focus on expanding Work Study. We’ve had Work Study cut by a lot in the past few years, so I think that Work Study jobs are a net plus to students and to the employers — whether that is here on campus or out in the community – because the employers don’t have to pay for these positions like they would a traditional job. So it also gives students the applied experience they need to succeed when they get out of college. And the only reason I feel it was cut was because there was nothing else for the legislature to cut, so they had to do so unfortunately. And getting us back to the situation that we’ve had before this round of extreme cuts will be my biggest priority for the next year.