Secretary of State Visits WWU

Town hall meeting held for college students

By: Becky St. Clair

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed held a town hall meeting for area college students and spoke on "Civics in Action." The meeting was held at WWU. Photo by Eric Ashley.

On Thursday, April 16, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed held a town hall meeting on the WWU campus.  Students from all three area colleges were invited: Walla Walla University, Walla Walla Community College, and Whitman College.

The theme of the meeting was “Civics in Action,” and Secretary Reed’s presentation was entitled, “Find Your One Thing.”  He encouraged students to find the one thing they were good at and passionate about and pursue it to make a difference in their community.

During his presentation, Secretary Reed touched on what it meant to give time to a cause, citing his experience with the American Heart Association.  

Following his presentation, Secretary Reed answered questions about education, tomorrow’s library, encouraging the public to vote, how to have your voice heard in the government, and more.

“I appreciate that Secretary Reed is working to engage the public in government,” says John Hawkins, senior humanities and mathematics major at WWU.  “This effort is most evident in his office’s accomplishments with new technology, such as utilizing blogs, online news posts, and Twitter.”

Secretary Reed’s office regularly updates their news online, the Washington Secretary of State blog, and the office’s Twitter feed.  Secretary Reed feels this will keep him and his office connected with more of the public, especially the younger generations.

“This is the second time I have seen Secretary Reed,” says Hawkins.  “I was very impressed both times.  His office does a lot to keep the public informed on state-level issues.”

Secretary Reed’s visit to the Walla Walla Valley was one stop on a tour of over a dozen universities and colleges across the state of Washington.

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