Redistribution, Debates and Student Participation – The Spectator


With Washington state General Election Day fast approaching November 8th, now is the best time to register to vote and learn about the candidates.

One of the most significant races in state politics is the race for one of Washington’s two seats in the US Senate. Patty Murraythe incumbent and five-cycle seat holder, faces competition from the Republican newcomer Tiffany smiley.

Above all, Murray’s campaign is pushing for paid family leave and protection of abortion rights. She grew up recently 17 million dollars in campaign money.

Smiley has a sturdy agendathat includes stopping immigration policies Title 42 of the lifting at the southern border and the federal government’s ban on forgiving student loan debt. She got up 12 million dollars in campaign money.

Seattle, which sits in the seventh congressional district, has incumbents Pramila Jayapal (D) runs against it cliff moon (R), a water engineer, consulting oceanographer and president of the Moon Construction Company.

Jayapal, who won her last two elections 80% of the votes, has been vocal in support of raising the federal minimum wage and establishing guaranteed universal health coverage. Prior to her nomination to Congress, she served in the state Legislature and is currently Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Jayapal has risen $2.5 million in campaign money.

Moon is supported by the King County Republican Party and the Family Policy Institute of Washington Action and is a self-proclaimed non-career politician. His campaign is pro guns, pro police, build a wall on the border and blames the homeless crisis on “politics”. [of] a government that ignores individual responsibility and rewards self-destructive behavior.” The moon has just risen over it $5,000 in campaign money.

More information on who is running the state election website and Voter Guide Provide voters with deadlines and other information. cross-sectiona nonprofit news organization based in the Pacific Northwest, also has one Voter Guide.

The upcoming Murray Smiley debate will allow voters to get a better feel for the candidates. They are scheduled to appear in Gonzaga on October 23.

Seattle U has been chosen to host a second debate on October 25th. Negotiations for the Seattle U event are ongoing without Murray confirming attendance.

“Typically, debates are held in places that are considered both politically important and politically neutral. And it’s no coincidence that the debates are taking place at two Jesuit universities,” said Patrick Schoettmer, associate teaching professor at Seattle U. “Jesuits are crossing that line, it’s a religious institution that makes conservatives feel more comfortable, but Jesuits tend to being progressive Catholics, which makes Democrats feel more comfortable as well.”

The second debate between Murray and Smiley remains in heaven Murray’s reluctance to appear for a second debate is a phenomenon Schoettmer said is not surprising.

“Traditionally, when you lose the race, you want to have more debates. Because debates are free broadcasting time, free attention and probably offer you the greatest platform to present your point of view. A lot more people know who Patty Murray is than Tiffany Smiley, so it’s in their interest to have more debate,” Schoettmer said.

A campus debate could also affect the turnout of young voters, such as B. Those attending the Seattle U. vote far less often than others Citizensbut there are many reasons why young voters may not turn up at the ballot box.

According to Schoettmer, the two main reasons 18-24 year olds do not vote are the lack of a strong political identity and housing stability compared to older generations.

But that doesn’t mean that 18-24 year olds are unaware of their lack of turnout at elections. Students who are involved in political clubs on campus and in political organizations outside their university try to counteract misunderstandings about civic engagement.

Isabella Maffei, a sophomore in public affairs and political science at Seattle U, was campaign manager for three local and county-level campaigns. During this year’s legislature, she also served as an intern for state senator and alumnus Joe Nguyen and now works for the chairman of the King County Democrats.

“Local politics needs young people’s participation and is a lot less difficult to get involved with than most people think. A misconception college students often have is that if you really want to get involved, you need connections to make connections,” Maffei wrote to The Spectator.

Liam Jenness, a fourth-year political science student, volunteered on a campaign in 2019 and learned that getting involved in politics can have a lasting impact.

“There’s a whole range of political organizations that are outside of individual campaigns that I think are probably better if you want to create long-lasting political change, and that’s your goal, not just electing a specific candidate,” Jenness said .

In fact, there are several candidates affiliated with or graduating from Seattle U running for Washington office this cycle. Dan Phan Doen, who received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Seattle U in 2017, is currently running for Senate with no party preference. Also run for the Senate Ravin-Pierrewho favors the Democratic Party and was a member of the University’s Master’s Data Science Advisory Board in 2019. marquez tiggs, a current student working on his Masters of Business Administration is running as a Democrat for Secretary of State.

There are several clubs on campus that focus on civic engagement and provide opportunities to get involved and learn about politics. clubs like that Young Democrats and the Federal Societyare, for example, rooms in which students can exchange ideas about politics and politics.

Natalie Kenoyer, a fourth-year history and political science major, is the founder and chair of Young Democrats.

“I started it because I didn’t see a central area where I could plug into Seattle or Washington politics, and that was something I was really interested in about how kind people in politics can be,” Kenoyer said.

The Young Democrats Club helps register voters, gets voters to the polls, and shares job opportunities. They’ve talked about the upcoming election, according to Kenoyer, specifically that Seattle U is on Washington’s legislative landscape.

The Federalist Society declined to comment on the upcoming election.

Another way to get involved without a club’s commitment is to send letters to potential candidates, which James Gamboa, a fourth-year English major, did for the first time this year.

Prompted by his professor for a course on the U.S. border, Gamboa wrote to Smiley about some of their border agenda plans, most notably stopping the repeal of Title 42.

“It was easy to fall into the trap of writing things out of emotion and rhetorical strategies that evoke emotion. But at the same time, the simple thing was that there was a lot of information out there,” Gamboa said.

Gamboa sent a letter in the mail through Smiley’s website and hopes to give her a physical copy when she comes to campus for the debate. Overall, it was a positive experience for Gamboa and has led him to become more involved in understanding candidate platforms.

“I also want to encourage people to look at the agendas of these candidates, because sometimes the state and federal elections can get kind of overwhelming, but they involve a lot more than you might think,” Gamboa said.

There are several important laws for residents on campus and within the state that could affect voters, most notably abortion rights and the economy, according to Nathan Meyer, a fourth-year dual major in politics and economics.

“All eyes are on suburban women to see if Roe v. Wade will be a strong enough motivator to vote Democrats when historical indicators point to a Republican outburst in the House,” Meyer said. “Republicans are inventing rumors of crime, following the usual conservative scare-mongering campaigns targeting similar suburban demographics, but also have rising gas and food prices to use as bludgeons against unitary Democratic government.”

This year, more than ever, it is timely to come to the elections as well prepared as Washington redistributedthe final card will be accepted on February 22nd Washington State New District CommissionEvery 10 years, the state redraws its boundaries for congressional and legislative districts using census information provided by the federal government to ensure all districts have the same number of residents.

The redistribution could affect the outcome of elections, particularly in the eighth district, which is the most indefinite.

“When the lines are changed a little bit, there are always people who have never voted for the incumbent and therefore have no connection with him,” Schoettmer said. “It could also attract new voters who may be more or less inclined to support the previous incumbent, depending on the goals of the new election.”

The ramifications of voting have become clearer to Seattle voters as elections determine more than ever the impact of local politics on national issues like education and abortion rights. The job of an informed voter can be daunting, but there are many resources to make it easier.

The deadline for online and mail-in voting is October 31st and November 8th for in-person voting.


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