Nate Shinagawa, Democratic candidate for the newly reformed 23rd Congressional district in New York, is announcing higher education as a central campaign issue, noting it as an essential part of creating jobs and building the economy.
"I wouldn't have been able to earn my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell University without the Federal Work-Study program and large student loans. We must support quality public education that gets children ready for college, and Congress must make affordable access to higher education a priority to ensure the United States keeps its competitive edge," Shinagawa said.
"Congressman Reed's voting record reveals that he doesn't share working families' serious concerns about college affordability. Congressman Reed has voted twice for the Ryan budget that cut Federal Pell Grants and other services that makes higher education affordable to thousands of New Yorkers. His voting record only hurts our chances of building a strong workforce and prevents our children from accessing an innovative and meaningful education," Shinagawa said.
Shinagawa is meeting on campus with the St. Bonaventure University Democrats today at 4:00pm at the University Club, located above the Hickey Dining Hall.
On August 22nd, Shinagawa met with administrators and toured the grounds at SUNY Fredonia. He met with President Virginia "Ginny" Horvath, discussing the importance of liberal arts in higher education. Shinagawa has also made visits to the Cornell University Democrats, and plans to continue this conversation at other colleges and universities, including an open forum at Corning Community College in the near future.