Friends and neighbors,

While Washington’s Legislature is “part time,” meaning we meet for the Legislative session every winter, that doesn’t mean the work stops in the rest of the year. This interim, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with so many local leaders, non-profits, businesses, service providers, and residents across the 40th District to talk about priorities for our state and region.

I am consistently inspired by the dedication of our neighbors to create communities that work together towards a more sustainable, equitable, and renewable Washington state. Read through this e-newsletter to learn about some of the incredible tours I’ve had the opportunity to join so far this interim – with more on the books in the coming months!

Legislative tours

  • Cascade Landing Apartment Homes
    • I had the chance to learn more about the ongoing housing crisis in Skagit County and how nonprofit, business, and government partners can continue working together to find creative solutions.
  • Creating a holistic mental health system of care with Dr. Mark Ragins
    • I attended a discussion in Mount Vernon regarding the future of our mental health care system – including how we can prioritize a regional, recovery-based approach.
  • Association of Washington Cities Conference in Vancouver
    • I was able to present and discuss the importance of implementing a public bank in Washington to invest in our communities through funding housing and infrastructure projects.
  • Cooke Aquaculture Pacific Hope Island Tour
    • I joined a bipartisan group of legislators on a trip to Hope Island to learn more about the role that fish farms can play in increasing food security while maintaining strong collaboration with our Tribal partners, and to observe how newly implemented regulations are making their operations more environmentally sound.
  • Skagit Soils and Lautenbach Recycling
    • I toured two facilities that are lessening our impact on the planet as we continue to reduce single-use plastics and other sources of waste at the state level.
  • All American “Sea Change” Hydrogen Ferry Tour
    • I toured a hydrogen fuel cell boat and learned more about the hydrogen industry. As we decarbonize our transportation sector, I will be eager to learn more about the jobs and opportunities that hydrogen can provide, and how we can better utilize this technology here in Washington.

Stay in touch!

As the interim continues, don’t forget that my office is still hard at work serving you! Stay in touch with us here, and follow along with more of my legislative tours this interim on my official Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages!