Eleni Kounalakis Will Fight to Make Higher Education Affordable


SF Chronicle: Eleni Kounalakis is the right candidate

Higher education in California has become financially prohibitive for lower- and middle-income families. Many college students are homeless, sleeping in cars to afford tuition.

Tuition for UC Berkeley has tripled since 1995-96 from $4,354 to $14,194. It’s hard to believe tuition for California State Universities and UCs was free in 1968.

Eleni Kounalakis’ commitment to reduce the cost of higher education is driven by her personal experience. It’s not just a campaign slogan but goes to the core values she was raised with.

“Get an education!” Something every immigrant parent wants for their children. As the daughter of an immigrant, Eleni, knows the value higher education plays in achieving economic success.

Her father came to California from Greece at 14 years old, alone and penniless, but was able to afford attending Sacramento State on a waiter’s salary, provide for his family, and become financially successful.

Eleni’s personal background and housing expertise make her uniquely qualified for important roles of lieutenant governor: UC Regent and California State University Board of Trustees member and chair of the Economic Development Commission. As a first-generation Greek American and UC graduate, I know Kounalakis is the right choice.

Evanthia Pappas, San Francisco

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Aleksandra Reetz