Did you know that science and engineering have driven half of the US’ growth in GDP over the past half-century? Science is pretty cool, and pretty important to our nation’s health. Science Debate is an initiative to get political candidates to address science issues in their campaigns, so to highlight the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness. This year’s presidential candidates have answered 14 questions about science and the use of science in policy-making. Now, a local effort has started to get Washington’s gubernatorial candidates to do the same. Jay Inslee himself endorsed the national initiative, as did our CoEnv Dean, Lisa Graumlich. Are you interested in hearing what the candidates have to say about science and its importance for our economic and political strength as a state? Fill out this survey, and sign on to the national initiative here to lend your voice.