Friday, February 6, 2015

Washington State House Republicans Host Online Town Hall Feb. 17 focused on education solutions

Reps. Chad Magendanz, Dick Muri, Melanie Stambaugh to participate

WHO: Educators, parents and students with solutions for education in Washington state
WHAT: A Twitter and Facebook live conversation with Reps. Chad Magendanz, Dick Muri and Melanie Stambaugh, House Republican ranking members on education issues
WHERE: and www.facebook/com/wahouserepublicans
WHEN: Civic Education Day - Tuesday, Feb. 17, 12:45-1:15 p.m.
WHY: To provide another avenue for the public to contact their state legislators
HOW: Use #solutionsWA to ask a question on Twitter or input comments on our Facebook comment thread the day of the event at Questions will be retweeted and then answered as replies on Twitter, so we request participants leave 20 characters of space so we can directly respond with the participants' username. Questions answered on Facebook will reply to the specific comment, creating a thread under that comment.

"The Legislature will be doing a lot of work on education this year, in the areas of funding and reforms," said Magendanz, R-Issaquah. "What happens in Olympia will affect classrooms across the state, so it’s important for us to share our ideas and seek input wherever we can."

"As the youngest legislator in Washington, I'm committed to finding ways to engage more young people in our government, and I believe this is a great way to do that," said Stambaugh, R-Puyallup. "Education is the top priority of our state, and I'm excited to be part of this online discussion as we work to positively impact the future of our students."

"While there are certainly challenges in our education system, there are also great stories of success," said Muri, R-Steilacoom. “It would be great to hear from students, teachers and parents about their success stories as well as their thoughts on how we can make improvements."

Helpful documents:
Twitter town hall FAQ's
House social media policy

Previous online town halls:
Jan. 9, 2014 - with Reps. Dan Kristiansen and J.T. Wilcox. Topics included health insurance, budgets, online gambling, transportation and more. 14 questions were asked, and 20 users interacted during the town hall.
Feb. 28, 2014 - with Reps. Wilcox, Norma Smith and Cathy Dahlquist. Topics included higher education, tax exemptions, Common Core and more. 11 questions were asked, and 9 users interacted during the town hall.
Feb. 2, 2015 - with Reps. Wilcox and Joel Kretz. Topics included transportation, minimum wage, jobs, early learning and more. 9 questions on Facebook and 10 questions on Twitter were asked and answered in the 30 min. event.

For more information about House Republicans, visit

Washington State House Republican Communications
461 John L. O'Brien Building
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600