UW Impact Candidate Survey 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 candidate’s answers to UW Impact’s 2022 higher education questionnaire. You may search by candidate name or legislative district. Don’t see your candidate(s)? Write to them and encourage them to complete this survey. Results updated daily!

Jeremy Baker

Chamber: House
Legislative District: 49

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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 workers from 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?

Stephanie Barnard

Chamber: House
Legislative District: 8

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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?

Yes, I support faculty COLAs supported in part by the state. I also support ending the tuition freeze.

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?

Ronni Batchelor

Chamber: Senate
Legislative District: 8

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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?

Our region’s economy depends on computer and data science graduates and other workers from 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?

This is a priority for workforce and I'm in agreement that this needs to be done as soon as possible.

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?

Health outcomes are related to dental care. This is another area of priority for children and adults to receive dental care across Washington. This means funding must be a priority for crucial service to our state's undeserved populations.