UW Impact

Survey Results 2022

UW Impact conducts a non-partisan candidate survey prior to every Washington State legislative election in order to provide alums and UWAA members with information on the candidates who champion the value of public higher education.

Please see below for your candidates’ answers to UW Impact’s 2016 higher education questionnaire. You may search by candidate name, legislative district and sort information within each column by clicking the arrows to the left of the column header. Answers followed by a green plus sign have expanded content. Click the yes or no answer to see the candidate’s full commentary.

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Lelach Rave

Chamber: House
Legislative District: 46
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Q & A
Over the past decade, the UW and the state’s public higher education institutions have worked with the Legislature to restore the significant cuts made during the Great Recession, which includes building back state support for compensation increases for university faculty & staff. The UW and other institutions share the costs (known as a "fund split") of these compensation increases with the state, but relatively flat tuition revenue is not sufficient to cover a majority of the costs. Will you support a budget in which the state increases the state support for staff and faculty COLAs and therefore reduces the reliance on student tuition funds?
I will support state investment in UW Staff and Faculty COLAs and I will do everything I can as an elected official to protect already existing defined-benefit pensions which, as you know, are under attack. I will support public higher education institutions and the faculty/staff who make them tick. The state must compensate faculty and staff adequately to ensure that they can live in the cities where they work without further burdening the families of the state with increasing tuition costs.
Our region’s economy depends on computer and data science graduates and other workersfrom high-demand degree programs – and the demand from our state’s high–tech employers has never been greater. With adequate state investment, the UW can scale up to help meet student and industry demand. Will you work with your colleagues to support the expansion of high-demand degree programs across all three campuses to supply more home-grown workers for our state’s economy?
I am excited to support higher education and career pathways from the legislature. Many young Washingtonians would love to stay in our beautiful state and find the high cost of living to be a challenge. I support funding STEM career pathways – and particularly in expanding access to a high-paying field to traditionally marginalized groups. I will champion the values of equity, opportunity, and shared prosperity and the education investments required to bring us closer to those values.
The UW Medical Center and Harborview continue to be on the forefront of our region’s COVID response, uncompensated care, and other critical public health needs. This care comes at a high cost and is in higher demand than ever before due to the ongoing pandemic and our ongoing teaching and training mission. Will you work to invest in UW’s critical health facilities?
We need affordable quality health care for ALL Washingtonions. I am excited to bring my perspective as a pediatrician to the legislature to advocate for access to healthcare and public health resources. I know how important UW’s facilities, teaching, and care is and I am committed to supporting them from the legislature.
The UW’s RIDE program, a partnership with Eastern Washington University in Spokane, trains dentists and oral health professionals to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region. The UW seeks to expand this program due to the lack of providers throughout rural and underserved communities across the state AND increased dental student demand. Will you support the growth of this statewide dental program?
Yes! We need high quality, accessible, and affordable care across Washington. I am excited to support the expansion of healthcare access, and specifically dental care access, in our state.

Sharon Wylie

Chamber: House
Legislative District: 49
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Q & A
Over the past decade, the UW and the state’s public higher education institutions have worked with the Legislature to restore the significant cuts made during the Great Recession, which includes building back state support for compensation increases for university faculty & staff. The UW and other institutions share the costs (known as a "fund split") of these compensation increases with the state, but relatively flat tuition revenue is not sufficient to cover a majority of the costs. Will you support a budget in which the state increases the state support for staff and faculty COLAs and therefore reduces the reliance on student tuition funds?
I left the higher education committee for the Finance Committee primarily to look for better revenue options to keep tuition low and to invest more in our educational system.
Our region’s economy depends on computer and data science graduates and other workersfrom high-demand degree programs – and the demand from our state’s high–tech employers has never been greater. With adequate state investment, the UW can scale up to help meet student and industry demand. Will you work with your colleagues to support the expansion of high-demand degree programs across all three campuses to supply more home-grown workers for our state’s economy?
The UW Medical Center and Harborview continue to be on the forefront of our region’s COVID response, uncompensated care, and other critical public health needs. This care comes at a high cost and is in higher demand than ever before due to the ongoing pandemic and our ongoing teaching and training mission. Will you work to invest in UW’s critical health facilities?
The UW’s RIDE program, a partnership with Eastern Washington University in Spokane, trains dentists and oral health professionals to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region. The UW seeks to expand this program due to the lack of providers throughout rural and underserved communities across the state AND increased dental student demand. Will you support the growth of this statewide dental program?

Michaela Kelso

Chamber: House
Legislative District: 6
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Answer
Q & A
Over the past decade, the UW and the state’s public higher education institutions have worked with the Legislature to restore the significant cuts made during the Great Recession, which includes building back state support for compensation increases for university faculty & staff. The UW and other institutions share the costs (known as a "fund split") of these compensation increases with the state, but relatively flat tuition revenue is not sufficient to cover a majority of the costs. Will you support a budget in which the state increases the state support for staff and faculty COLAs and therefore reduces the reliance on student tuition funds?
We need to make it more affordable to attend college AND ensure teachers at all levels are paid appropriately.
Our region’s economy depends on computer and data science graduates and other workersfrom high-demand degree programs – and the demand from our state’s high–tech employers has never been greater. With adequate state investment, the UW can scale up to help meet student and industry demand. Will you work with your colleagues to support the expansion of high-demand degree programs across all three campuses to supply more home-grown workers for our state’s economy?
The UW Medical Center and Harborview continue to be on the forefront of our region’s COVID response, uncompensated care, and other critical public health needs. This care comes at a high cost and is in higher demand than ever before due to the ongoing pandemic and our ongoing teaching and training mission. Will you work to invest in UW’s critical health facilities?
I am horrified to see the treatment our health care provider receive these days, often at the hands of some who proclaimed them to be heroes at the beginning of the pandemic. If we want to make sure that we have sufficient medical services in our state, we need to properly support our medical community.
The UW’s RIDE program, a partnership with Eastern Washington University in Spokane, trains dentists and oral health professionals to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region. The UW seeks to expand this program due to the lack of providers throughout rural and underserved communities across the state AND increased dental student demand. Will you support the growth of this statewide dental program?
Yes, oral health is so important and connected to so many other health issues.

Javier Valdez

Chamber: Senate
Legislative District: 46
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Answer
Q & A
Over the past decade, the UW and the state’s public higher education institutions have worked with the Legislature to restore the significant cuts made during the Great Recession, which includes building back state support for compensation increases for university faculty & staff. The UW and other institutions share the costs (known as a "fund split") of these compensation increases with the state, but relatively flat tuition revenue is not sufficient to cover a majority of the costs. Will you support a budget in which the state increases the state support for staff and faculty COLAs and therefore reduces the reliance on student tuition funds?
Our disinvestment in higher education has put too much weight on students. We must ensure UW and all our public colleges have the resources they need to stay competitive and support students.
Our region’s economy depends on computer and data science graduates and other workersfrom high-demand degree programs – and the demand from our state’s high–tech employers has never been greater. With adequate state investment, the UW can scale up to help meet student and industry demand. Will you work with your colleagues to support the expansion of high-demand degree programs across all three campuses to supply more home-grown workers for our state’s economy?
We know Washington will have many more of these jobs in the future, failing to ensure our pipeline meets that need means that those jobs will be going to people from out of state and will make Washington less competitive for future employers.
The UW Medical Center and Harborview continue to be on the forefront of our region’s COVID response, uncompensated care, and other critical public health needs. This care comes at a high cost and is in higher demand than ever before due to the ongoing pandemic and our ongoing teaching and training mission. Will you work to invest in UW’s critical health facilities?
Yes. We have squeezed our public health system during the pandemic and it has shown the importance of a robust healthcare system. We need to continue to invest and ensure we are expanding support to patients.
The UW’s RIDE program, a partnership with Eastern Washington University in Spokane, trains dentists and oral health professionals to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region. The UW seeks to expand this program due to the lack of providers throughout rural and underserved communities across the state AND increased dental student demand. Will you support the growth of this statewide dental program?

Julio Cortes

Chamber: House
Legislative District: 38
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Answer
Q & A
Over the past decade, the UW and the state’s public higher education institutions have worked with the Legislature to restore the significant cuts made during the Great Recession, which includes building back state support for compensation increases for university faculty & staff. The UW and other institutions share the costs (known as a "fund split") of these compensation increases with the state, but relatively flat tuition revenue is not sufficient to cover a majority of the costs. Will you support a budget in which the state increases the state support for staff and faculty COLAs and therefore reduces the reliance on student tuition funds?
I fully support all efforts to restore cuts made to compensation increases to faculty and staff. It is vitally important to compensate faculty and staff while also keeping the cost to the student at a minimum so tuition funds can go to other much needed resources.
Our region’s economy depends on computer and data science graduates and other workersfrom high-demand degree programs – and the demand from our state’s high–tech employers has never been greater. With adequate state investment, the UW can scale up to help meet student and industry demand. Will you work with your colleagues to support the expansion of high-demand degree programs across all three campuses to supply more home-grown workers for our state’s economy?
Yes! We need to ensure our schools are keeping up with market demand for jobs and are able to train our students effectively so they are successful upon graduation.
The UW Medical Center and Harborview continue to be on the forefront of our region’s COVID response, uncompensated care, and other critical public health needs. This care comes at a high cost and is in higher demand than ever before due to the ongoing pandemic and our ongoing teaching and training mission. Will you work to invest in UW’s critical health facilities?
Yes! We have seen firsthand during the pandemic why our health facilities are vital to the health of our communities, and I am dedicated to ensuring we are able to meet the demand of our communities through increased investment in healthcare.
The UW’s RIDE program, a partnership with Eastern Washington University in Spokane, trains dentists and oral health professionals to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region. The UW seeks to expand this program due to the lack of providers throughout rural and underserved communities across the state AND increased dental student demand. Will you support the growth of this statewide dental program?
Absolutely! Rural and underserved communities deserve the same level of care offered in our suburban and urban areas. We must continue to train students and fund important programs, like RIDE, so we can serve our state in a more equitable way.

Chad Magendanz

Chamber: House
Legislative District: 5
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Q & A
Over the past decade, the UW and the state’s public higher education institutions have worked with the Legislature to restore the significant cuts made during the Great Recession, which includes building back state support for compensation increases for university faculty & staff. The UW and other institutions share the costs (known as a "fund split") of these compensation increases with the state, but relatively flat tuition revenue is not sufficient to cover a majority of the costs. Will you support a budget in which the state increases the state support for staff and faculty COLAs and therefore reduces the reliance on student tuition funds?
I led efforts in the House to cut UW tuition by 20% in the 2015-17 budget while increasing state funding to offset losses to our state universities.
Our region’s economy depends on computer and data science graduates and other workersfrom high-demand degree programs – and the demand from our state’s high–tech employers has never been greater. With adequate state investment, the UW can scale up to help meet student and industry demand. Will you work with your colleagues to support the expansion of high-demand degree programs across all three campuses to supply more home-grown workers for our state’s economy?
I co-sponsored HB 1813 with Rep. Hanson in 2016 to create the Computer Science endorsements and learning standards. This was paired with capital budget improvements to expand the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering. Personally, I've worked at Microsoft as a software developer for 20 years and am now a tenured computer science teacher for the Bellevue School District. Closing the technology skills gap has been my goal since joining the Issaquah School Board in 2008.
The UW Medical Center and Harborview continue to be on the forefront of our region’s COVID response, uncompensated care, and other critical public health needs. This care comes at a high cost and is in higher demand than ever before due to the ongoing pandemic and our ongoing teaching and training mission. Will you work to invest in UW’s critical health facilities?
My father-in-law earned his MD in Orthopedic Surgery from UW Medicine.
The UW’s RIDE program, a partnership with Eastern Washington University in Spokane, trains dentists and oral health professionals to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region. The UW seeks to expand this program due to the lack of providers throughout rural and underserved communities across the state AND increased dental student demand. Will you support the growth of this statewide dental program?
I grew up working a family practice that served rural communities, with my father a dentist and mother a dental hygienist. (I mowed the lawn, emptied the trash, and wrote the software that handled billing and scheduling.)

Sharlett Mena

Chamber: House
Legislative District: 29
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Answer
Q & A
Over the past decade, the UW and the state’s public higher education institutions have worked with the Legislature to restore the significant cuts made during the Great Recession, which includes building back state support for compensation increases for university faculty & staff. The UW and other institutions share the costs (known as a "fund split") of these compensation increases with the state, but relatively flat tuition revenue is not sufficient to cover a majority of the costs. Will you support a budget in which the state increases the state support for staff and faculty COLAs and therefore reduces the reliance on student tuition funds?
Our region’s economy depends on computer and data science graduates and other workersfrom high-demand degree programs – and the demand from our state’s high–tech employers has never been greater. With adequate state investment, the UW can scale up to help meet student and industry demand. Will you work with your colleagues to support the expansion of high-demand degree programs across all three campuses to supply more home-grown workers for our state’s economy?
The UW Medical Center and Harborview continue to be on the forefront of our region’s COVID response, uncompensated care, and other critical public health needs. This care comes at a high cost and is in higher demand than ever before due to the ongoing pandemic and our ongoing teaching and training mission. Will you work to invest in UW’s critical health facilities?
The UW’s RIDE program, a partnership with Eastern Washington University in Spokane, trains dentists and oral health professionals to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region. The UW seeks to expand this program due to the lack of providers throughout rural and underserved communities across the state AND increased dental student demand. Will you support the growth of this statewide dental program?

Nicole Macri

Chamber: House
Legislative District: 43
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Answer
Q & A
Over the past decade, the UW and the state’s public higher education institutions have worked with the Legislature to restore the significant cuts made during the Great Recession, which includes building back state support for compensation increases for university faculty & staff. The UW and other institutions share the costs (known as a "fund split") of these compensation increases with the state, but relatively flat tuition revenue is not sufficient to cover a majority of the costs. Will you support a budget in which the state increases the state support for staff and faculty COLAs and therefore reduces the reliance on student tuition funds?
Our region’s economy depends on computer and data science graduates and other workersfrom high-demand degree programs – and the demand from our state’s high–tech employers has never been greater. With adequate state investment, the UW can scale up to help meet student and industry demand. Will you work with your colleagues to support the expansion of high-demand degree programs across all three campuses to supply more home-grown workers for our state’s economy?
The UW Medical Center and Harborview continue to be on the forefront of our region’s COVID response, uncompensated care, and other critical public health needs. This care comes at a high cost and is in higher demand than ever before due to the ongoing pandemic and our ongoing teaching and training mission. Will you work to invest in UW’s critical health facilities?
The UW’s RIDE program, a partnership with Eastern Washington University in Spokane, trains dentists and oral health professionals to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region. The UW seeks to expand this program due to the lack of providers throughout rural and underserved communities across the state AND increased dental student demand. Will you support the growth of this statewide dental program?

Jeff Manson

Chamber: House
Legislative District: 36
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Answer
Q & A
Over the past decade, the UW and the state’s public higher education institutions have worked with the Legislature to restore the significant cuts made during the Great Recession, which includes building back state support for compensation increases for university faculty & staff. The UW and other institutions share the costs (known as a "fund split") of these compensation increases with the state, but relatively flat tuition revenue is not sufficient to cover a majority of the costs. Will you support a budget in which the state increases the state support for staff and faculty COLAs and therefore reduces the reliance on student tuition funds?
Our region’s economy depends on computer and data science graduates and other workersfrom high-demand degree programs – and the demand from our state’s high–tech employers has never been greater. With adequate state investment, the UW can scale up to help meet student and industry demand. Will you work with your colleagues to support the expansion of high-demand degree programs across all three campuses to supply more home-grown workers for our state’s economy?
The UW Medical Center and Harborview continue to be on the forefront of our region’s COVID response, uncompensated care, and other critical public health needs. This care comes at a high cost and is in higher demand than ever before due to the ongoing pandemic and our ongoing teaching and training mission. Will you work to invest in UW’s critical health facilities?
The UW’s RIDE program, a partnership with Eastern Washington University in Spokane, trains dentists and oral health professionals to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region. The UW seeks to expand this program due to the lack of providers throughout rural and underserved communities across the state AND increased dental student demand. Will you support the growth of this statewide dental program?

Emily Alvarado

Chamber: House
Legislative District: 34
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Answer
Q & A
Over the past decade, the UW and the state’s public higher education institutions have worked with the Legislature to restore the significant cuts made during the Great Recession, which includes building back state support for compensation increases for university faculty & staff. The UW and other institutions share the costs (known as a "fund split") of these compensation increases with the state, but relatively flat tuition revenue is not sufficient to cover a majority of the costs. Will you support a budget in which the state increases the state support for staff and faculty COLAs and therefore reduces the reliance on student tuition funds?
I believe in investing in higher education. I support continued efforts to generate progressive revenue, so that we have the resources needed to invest in high quality public education, healthcare, family wages, and transportation for a better future and thriving economy.
Our region’s economy depends on computer and data science graduates and other workersfrom high-demand degree programs – and the demand from our state’s high–tech employers has never been greater. With adequate state investment, the UW can scale up to help meet student and industry demand. Will you work with your colleagues to support the expansion of high-demand degree programs across all three campuses to supply more home-grown workers for our state’s economy?
The UW Medical Center and Harborview continue to be on the forefront of our region’s COVID response, uncompensated care, and other critical public health needs. This care comes at a high cost and is in higher demand than ever before due to the ongoing pandemic and our ongoing teaching and training mission. Will you work to invest in UW’s critical health facilities?
The UW’s RIDE program, a partnership with Eastern Washington University in Spokane, trains dentists and oral health professionals to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations in the state and region. The UW seeks to expand this program due to the lack of providers throughout rural and underserved communities across the state AND increased dental student demand. Will you support the growth of this statewide dental program?