Washington State Secretary Sam Reed Comes to Campus

April 26 Event Focuses on Student Civic Engagement

By: Camlynne Waring

Sam Reed

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed will visit Walla Walla University on Thursday, April 26, as part of his college civics tour.  Reed will speak at 5:30 p.m. in Room 116 of the Administration Building. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

In his presentation, “Make the Pledge,” Reed will discuss students and civic responsibility, and civility in politics and society. A question and answer session will follow.

"A major reason why I do this tour is to explain to students why their vote makes a difference and to tell them simple ways to be more civically engaged," said Reed in a press release. Last year, Reed visited 40 campuses, and this year, he will visit 45.

During his time as Secretary of State, Reed has worked to protect voters’ rights and improve the voting process. Because of his efforts in civics education and empowerment, Reed was selected by the YMCA Youth and Government Board to receive the Robert F. Utter Award.

Reed lives in Olympia with his wife Margie. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.

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