UAS is really lucky to have Sen. Elton in the Legislature. He's always supported funding UA at the regent's request funding level, and got money for the new recreation center.
At the candidate forum on campus this week, he was asked what role the university plays in Juneau. He nailed it right on the head, talking not just about the way higher education benefits students, but also about how it's a good investment for the community and the state, enhancing the economy and building the future. His opponent talked about K-12 education, which is important, but it wasn't the question.
The university needs strong advocates in the Legislature - people who know the ropes and are prepared to advocate for higher education in our state. Our university needs Kim Elton to stay in the Legislature, but he needs our votes. He faces a serious challenge this year, and I encourage every UA student, faculty, and staff member to vote in November.