Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Sept. 17, 2008

Secretary of State Sam Reed to Discuss Election Reform Sept. 29 at Whitworth

WHAT: A lecture, "Washington State Election Reform," by Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Multipurpose Room in the Hixson Union Building at Whitworth University

COST: Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4263.

Sam Reed has served as Washington Secretary of State since 2000 and is running for re-election this fall. Reed oversaw the controversial and contested Washington state gubernatorial election in 2004, and during his time in office he has spearheaded several election reforms, including a statewide voter-registration system that helps prevent fraud. Reed also led the effort to save the Washington State Library and to create the new Washington State Heritage Center, which is slated to open in 2012.

"Secretary Reed brings a first-hand perspective on the state political system, and he has been instrumental in recent efforts toward state electoral reform," says Scott McQuilkin, athletics director and Speakers & Artists series coordinator at Whitworth. "During this election season, Secretary Reed's address will complement other events at Whitworth this fall that foster dialogue about politics at the national and local levels."

A native of Wenatchee, Reed graduated from Lewis and Clark High School, in Spokane, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Washington State University, in Pullman. He has served previously as Thurston County auditor and assistant secretary of state. He also has served as an international election observer and as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Reed's Sept. 29 lecture at Whitworth is part of the university's Speakers & Artists Series. The purpose of the series is to present a broad range of voices, perspectives and ideas that will enrich the intellectual and spiritual life of the campus and the larger community. Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission to provide an education of mind and heart. Whitworth faculty and staff are confident that Christian worldviews and the ideas of Christian thinkers are sharpened by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and by engagement with the broadest spectrum of thought. This confidence motivates Whitworth to invite to campus speakers and artists who can help our community engage in critical and careful thinking, civil discourse and effective action to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Julie Shanholtzer, Speakers & Artists Series and psychology department program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4263 or jshanholtzer@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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