Charter school bill sponsors to receive WPC’s 2012 Champion of Freedom Award
Our board recently announced it is giving this year’s Champion of Freedom Award to the 32 Democratic and Republican lawmakers who sponsored the bill to allow public charter schools in Washington.
The Award will be formally presented on October 15th at our Annual Dinner in Bellevue, simulcast in Spokane, attended by over 1,500 supporters.
The prime sponsors of HB 2428 and SB 6202 will receive special recognition: Representative Eric Pettigrew (D-Seattle), Representative Glenn Anderson (R-Fall City), Senator Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island), and Senator Rodney Tom (D-Bellevue).
The lawmakers are receiving the Award because of their bipartisan support for education reform and their concern that all children in Washington have a fair chance to grow and learn.
Past recipients of the Champion of Freedom Award include Matt McIlwain, State Auditor Brian Sonntag, Phil Smart, Bruce R. McCaw, Charles M. Pigott, Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, and others.
Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Parliament and Daily Telegraph columnist, will be the keynote speaker, along with pollster Scott Rasmussen. Political analyst Ed Rollins will be the main speaker in Spokane. More on the event is at www.wpcannualdinner.org.
The 32 recipients of our 2012 Champion of Freedom award are:
Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-Seattle)
Rep. Glenn Anderson (R-Fall City)
Sen. Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island)
Sen. Rodney Tom (D- Bellevue)
Rep. Mark Hargrove (R-Covington)
Rep. Paul Harris (R-Vancouver)
Rep. Cary Condotta (R-East Wenatchee)
Rep. Bill Hinkle (R-Cle Elum)
Rep. Cathy Dahlquist (R-Enumclaw)
Rep. Larry Seaquist (D-Gig Harbor)
Rep. Deb Eddy (D-Kirkland)
Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland)
Rep. Susan Fagan (R-Pullman)
Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla)
Rep. Fred Finn (D-Olympia)
Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R-Yelm)
Rep. Larry Haler (R-Richland)
Rep. Hans Zeiger (R-Puyallup)
Sen. Mike Hewitt (R-Walla Walla)
Sen. Andy Hill (R-Redmond)
Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane)
Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens)
Sen. Randi Becker (R-Eatonville)
Sen. Jim Kastama (D-Puyallup)
Sen. Jerome Delvin (R-Richland)
Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima)
Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale)
Former Sen. Cheryl Pflug (R-Maple Valley)
Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn)
Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Shelton)
Sen. Brian Hatfield (D-Raymond)
Sen. Dan Swecker (R-Rochester)