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Mar 16, 2020
(cancelled) Census 2020: Why It Matters and What You Can Do
with former Washington Governor Gary Locke

In The Moment podcast interview:

Monday, March 16, 2020, 7:30PM
The Forum

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The twenty-fourth US Census takes place on April 1, 2020—and its results drive both money and power in our country. Based on census data, the federal government will allocate money to state and local governments for transportation and social services, and governments on every level will review voting districts, changing who represents us in government.

Gary Locke, Former Governor and honorary chair of the King County Complete Count committee, invites us to a discussion of what the Census means to us, to Seattle, and to King County. In conversation with a panel of census experts, Locke draws from his experience overseeing the 2010 Census while serving as Commerce Secretary during the Obama administration, leading a discussion of the state of the Census today—its critical role in our system, the change from paper to digital, and more. Explore big changes in the census and learn how King County is working with nonprofits to make sure everyone gets counted.

Gary Locke is an American politician and diplomat who served as the 10th US Ambassador to China. He was previously the 21st Governor of Washington and served in the Obama administration as United States Secretary of Commerce.

These expert panelists are driving efforts to count the Hard to Count areas of King County.

· Francesca Abellera – Partnerships Specialist, US Census Bureau

· Elsa Batres-Boni – City of Seattle, Census Strategic Advisor

· Kamau Chege – Manager, Washington Census Alliance

· HyeEun (Heidi Park) – Census Program Manager, King County

Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

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