Monthly Archive: April 2020

R-90 Petition Signing Event in Lewis County to Oppose Mandatory Sexual Education

Registered voters have an opportunity to sign the petition to repeal SB 5395 which mandates Comprehensive Sex Education in all Washington public schools starting in kindergarten. A drive thru petition event is scheduled for Thursday, April 30 from 9-10am on across from KELA Radio studio on S. Gold.

Mandatory Sexual Education was passed despite a recent survey of 10,000 people conducted by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) that found 58% opposed mandatory sex education for K-12 students.

Event organizers Kelsi Hamilton is hopeful the petition signing is successful and repeal of mandatory sexual education will be presented on the November ballot.

I really appreciate all the efforts on this issue by Kelsi and volunteers in our community. I agree with them, that the issue of sex education should be left to local school boards in conjunction with the families of students. Olympia continues to pass legislation that erodes local control and family decision making. We should be encouraging families to be part of the process and the discussion on a local level. Our communities are not “one size fits all!”

This issues is more complex than merely ‘are you for or against the teaching of sexual and health education.’ This is an issue of ‘who should teach it,’ ‘where should it be taught,’ and ‘when should it be introduced.’ I support and believe in the decision making of our local families, local school boards, and local communities.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem and Candidate for the State House of Representation in the 20th Legislative District.

On Thursday, April 30, Peter Abbarno will be joined by event organizer Kelsi Hamilton on AM1470 KELA at 8:30 to discuss the new law and Referendum 90 to repeal the law recently signed by the Governor.

Petitions are available from 9am-10am after the “Let’s Talk About It” show located across the street from KELA at 1635 Gold St in Centralia.

This bill does nothing to strengthen families. It only makes government stronger. If we are truly to break the cycle of poverty then Olympia must empower families and local communities.

The family structure and bonds must be strengthen by encouraging communication and involvement and providing them with the tools and information. Statistics have proven over and over that strong families give children a better chance at success in life.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem and Candidate for the State House of Representation in the 20th Legislative District.
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Peter Abbarno and Callie Carpenter talk making cookies and masks!

Callie Carpenter, owner of Pacific Northwest Cookie Company and founder of the Lewis County (WA) Mask Making Group, joined Peter Abbarno on AM1470 KELA to talk about making cookies and making masks.

This has been a difficult time for many small businesses, including Pacific Northwest Cookie Company. I am very happy to see Callie pivot and adapt to the tough circumstances by helping out our first responders, health care providers, and construction industry.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.
Peter Abbarno pulling down his mask to eat a PNW Cookie!

Amy and Richard DeBolt host Non-Event Luncheon for Peter Abbarno!

This year’s election is crucial to our State’s economic recovery and success.

Candidates are limited by Social Distancing and Stay Home orders, so Amy and Richard DeBolt invite you to keep working in the yard, stay home, and keep the 20th strong by investing in Peter Abbarno’s campaign for State Representative in the 20th Legislative District.

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Abbarno receives early endorsements in race for the 20th!

In less than 3 months on the campaign trail, and with significant restrictions imposed on campaign activities, Peter Abbarno has racked up impressive support and endorsements for his campaign for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District. You can Endorse Peter Abbarno for State Representative by clicking Endorse!

It is about staying connected and building long-lasting relationships. As a father and business owner, I am experiencing many of the same struggles and frustrations as the people I am seeking to represent. That is a powerful connection and one that I will carry with me to Olympia.

There is an overwhelming message of economic concern from families and businesses. My focus in the Legislature next year is working on real and impactful solutions for economic rebuilding and recovery in a fiscally responsible way.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

Peter has already been endorsed by over 25 elected officials in the 20th Legislative District; including:

  • State Senator John Braun (R-20)
  • State Representative Richard Debolt (R-20)
  • State Representative Ed Orcutt (R-20)
  • Lewis County Commissioner Gary Stamper
  • Lewis County Commissioner Bobby Jackson
  • Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Meyer
  • Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza
  • Lewis County Treasurer Arny Davis
  • Lewis County Assessor Dianne Dorey
  • Lewis County Clerk Scott Tinney
  • Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod
  • Thurston County Commissioner Gary Edwards
  • Thurston County Commissioner John Hutchings
  • Centralia Mayor Sue Luond
  • Chehalis Mayor Dennis Dawes
  • Woodland Mayor Will Finn
  • Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier
  • Chehalis Mayor Pro Tem Chad Taylor
  • Chehalis City Councilmember Daryl Lund
  • Centralia City Councilmember Kelly Smith Johnston
  • Kalama City Councilmember Steve Kallio
  • Kalama City Councilmember Matthew Merz
  • Kalama City Councilmember Wendy Conradi
  • Napavine City Councilmember Heather Stewart
  • Toledo City Councilmember Glenda Forga
  • Chehalis School Board Member and former State House Representative J. Vander Stoep
  • Chehalis Port Commissioner Mark Anders
  • Centralia Port Commissioner Julie Shaffley
  • Fire District Commissioner Tom Crowson

Peter is also endorsed by two former Republican Gubernatorial Candidates, Lewis County native Bill Bryant, a former Seattle Port Commissioner, and Dino Rossi, a former State Senator.

“I’ve endorsed Peter because he is a proven leader in the community and will be a strong advocate for working families and small businesses in the 20th Legislative District and Washington state.  Peter will provide the strong leadership in Olympia that we will need as our state recovers and rebuilds the economy. Join me in supporting Peter Abbarno for State Representative in the 20th Legislative District.” 

Dino Rossi

Peter works tirelessly for his community. His hard work and commitment will make him a very effective state representative. In times like these we need Peter’s energy, experience and leadership. I endorse Peter and ask you go join me in supporting Peter Abbarno for State Representative.

Bill Bryant, former Seattle Port Commissioner and 2016 gubernatorial candidate.

Peter Abbarno is a small business owner and attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP. Peter lives with his wife Holly (Hawes) Abbarno, a math teacher at Centralia Middle School, and their two children Sophia and Antonio, elementary school students. In 2015, Peter was successfully elected to the Centralia City Council, re-elected to the Centralia City Council in 2019, and voted Mayor Pro Tem in 2020.

I am focusing the early campaign on developing relationships with people in the community by calling them and connecting with them through video and phone conferencing. However, fundraising and earning endorsements is important at this stage of any campaign; especially from individuals and businesses seeking solutions to common problems.

From Day 1 until Election Day, my campaign will be talking about solutions and leadership and how we keep the 20th District strong and working for us in the Legislature.

Peter Abbarno, candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

Homelessness at Park and Rides! What is the State doing?

Homelessness on State “right of way” property has been a controversial issue that hasn’t reached the pinnacle. County and City governments face stiff criticism for ‘not doing enough’ about RVs and homelessness at State owned local Park and Ride locations. Who is really responsible?

Many Washington State Department of Transportation Park and Ride locations up and down the I-5 corridor. This property is owned, operated, and enforced by the State. The Governor should take action immediately and return Park and Rides back to their true purpose. Mellen Street has become a health, safety, and environmental disaster.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State Representative in the 20th Legislative District.

In 2018, a large fire started at encampment along the embankment on southbound I-5 near Northgate (north of Seattle). The fire jumped 10 lanes of traffic during the afternoon rush hour and was burning on both sides of the highway before firefighters arrived.

In Lewis County, several fires were reported over the past year, human waste is polluting our aquifer, and the Mellen Street Park and Ride is home to more than a dozen RVs and homeless campers.

Who is responsible for enforcing rules at WSDOT Park and Ride lots?

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Washington State Patrol enforces laws at lots operated by WSDOT. The Mellen Street Park and Ride is operated by WSDOT.

The WSDOT Right of Way Manual States that all real property, including airspace (e.g., operating highways, pit sites, mitigation sites, park and ride lots) owned by WSDOT acquired for highway purposes is devoted to public highway purposes. WSDOT is responsible for preserving the right of way free of public and private installations or facilities that are not a part of the highway facility and are not consistent with its safe operation, maintenance, and use. This would include abandoned vehicles or items like camping equipment that block the proper use of the Park and Ride.

Can you leave your car at the Park and Ride for as long as you want and for any purpose?

The WSDOT Q & A says, at most lots signs indicate the maximum allowable parking time, usually 48 hours. Maximum parking periods are enforced by law, and violators may be towed. Park and ride lots are intended to serve the community by providing a convenient, safe transfer area for transit, carpool and vanpool passengers, cyclists and pedestrians.

The Washington State Patrol enforces laws at lots operated by WSDOT. At this point, and until it is leased to an entity like Twin Transit, the Mellen Street Park and Ride is operated by WSDOT. If leased to another entity, the lessee can request that Centralia begin enforcing nuisance codes.

Other law enforcement agencies may respond to criminal violations and emergency situations; however, civil action and State regulations enforcement against the WSDOT ‘tenants/campers’ is the jurisdiction of the State- and that has been made clear by the State.

The Governor must support WDOT employees and the Washington State Patrol in their efforts to keep State property in our communities safe, clean, and healthy. The State needs to follow through and enforce their own regulations.

There needs to be a change in the law to address the concerns of local governments and local residents when the State owns property and fails to maintain the property and it becomes a health and safety hazard. I will certainly be addressing this issue when I am elected to the State Legislature.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State Representative in the 20th Legislative District.

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Inslee: bowing to inmates demands for early release!

Governor Inslee announced that within days he is releasing 950 “non-violent” inmates from our state prison system. Peter Abbarno and Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Meyer discussed their opposition to the releases on KELA AM1470.

Peter Abbarno and Jonathan Meyer discuss the Governor’s release of inmates on KELA AM1470. Learn more at

The governor is bowing to the demands of inmates who threatened to “take hostages” and damaged the Monroe Correctional Facility. This is not the kind of leadership we need in Washington state.

Peter Abbarno, candidate for State Representative in the 20th Legislative District.

Here are some of the crimes that qualify as “non-violent” felonies on Inslee’s list:  Child Molestation, 2nd and 3rd degree. Rape, 3rd degree, Rape of a Child, 3rd degree, Sexual Misconduct with a Child, 1st degree, Possession of Child Pornography, Vehicular Homicide, Assault, 3rd degree, Animal Cruelty (torturing an animal), Stealing Firearms. 

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‘Essential’ is a troublesome term!

Essential has been a troublesome term. What is essential? Is the Governor correctly balancing constitutionally protected Rights? The Governor’s orders need to be flexible and consistent and with an eye on recovery and rebuilding.

For instance, private residential construction is considered non-essential by the Governor. Public projects are essential. Why? Residential Construction has been ‘essential’ for years, is ‘essential’ today, and will be even more ‘essential’ (if that is possible) following the #StayHome order. Plus, safety precautions procedures and social distancing can be adopted.

Peter Abbarno in front of his law office Althasuer Rayan Abbarno, LLP in downtown Centralia.

What about nannies? The Governor’s #StayHome order defined an ‘essential’ worker as a nanny to a family of an ‘essential’ worker. However the order also says Childcare is ‘essential.’ You can’t have the narrow and the broad term of ‘essential’; can you?

Why is recreational fishing banned? Why are gun stores banned? Why has residential construction stopped?

The Governor has held not less than 4 press conferences to issue new proclamation clarifying his original #StayHome order. From Auto Dealers, to real estate, to the Practice of Law, to nannies. And everything in between.

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Incentivized Recovery Must be Focus; Not More Taxes.

Governor considers Special Session to Raise Taxes!

Gov. Jay Inslee says the Legislature may need to be called back for a special session because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Governor said he will call them back if more aggressive steps for spending are needed before the end of the year.

The Governor said he is ready to call the Legislature back early “. . .if MORE aggressive steps for SPENDING is needed. . . .” How about cuts to ‘wants’ passed this past session? Can we get a mulligan on all the Governor’s spending of unanticipated revenue the last two years? There are going to busted budgets at all levels of our community. I would implore the governor to look at the exorbitant spending over the past two years and begin cutting unnecessary and unsustainable programs before taxing small businesses and working family!

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House of Representative in the 20th Legislative District.

Sign the Petition: Tell the Governor to Make Construction Essential!

Flat Income Tax Could Still be Option for Majority

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Our People and Our Stories from March: #ElectPeterAbbarno

There are stories behind every #ElectPeterAbbarno volunteer, sign, endorsement, and contribution. Building relationships and sharing community values are important to success.

Our supporters and Our stories: March Edition!

Patti is a huge supporter of our Special Olympics Washington athletes and we work together on the Lewis County Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run and Polar Plunge.

Thank you, Patti for the support! I met Patti, her son Mike, and husband Tom while volunteering with the Lewis County Special Olympics.

Thank you, Rebecca Ford, Miss Lewis County 2019! I met Rebecca and her mom, Shelly, after Rebecca was crowned Miss Lewis County WA 2019. She and Shelly are tireless volunteers and both are amazing role models. I love volunteering with them and supporting their organizations.

Thank you for your community involvement and support for my campaign.

Thank you, Tim Filer for supporting my campaign. Holly and I met Tim about ten years ago when he was working at the Hub in Centralia and talking about opening up his own business someday! Well, someday came!

Congratulations on McFiler’s, a great restaurant/bar/music venue in Chehalis, and thank you for your support.

Thank you to all the people who joined my Victory Team and invested in me, my family, and the Campaign!

Thank you Laura Hasbrook for your support. I met Laura through volunteering with the Hub City Mission and Severe Weather Shelter. She is the Shelter Coordinator and has a HUGE heart for our community members. I appreciate her support for our community and my campaign.

Please consider joining the #ElectPeterAbbarno Victory Team!