Monthly Archive: May 2020

Statement on Seattle and Nationwide Riots

The death of George Floyd is a tragedy. Every American Citizen is equal under the law and should expect to be treated as such. The legal and judicial system must deliver justice. Unfortunately, the initial peaceful calls for justice were hijacked by violent extremists and turned into another tragedy, seeking to profit from pain and divide our Country.

America is our home. Washington is our home. We should expect and we deserve better. Violent Rioters must be brought to justice and law and order must be restored. We must not allow ourselves to fall victim to one side of the political and rhetorical wedge.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Floyd family, law enforcement and first responders, and to all the small businesses owners and families impacted by the violent lawlessness.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro-tem and Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

We Can Do Better! We need a Change!

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Dr. Richard Stride, Cascade Community Health CEO, endorses Peter Abbarno

Dr. Richard Stride recently endorsed Peter Abbarno for State Representative.

As a business professional and active community minded person. I am pleased to endorse Peter Abbarno for State Representative, 20th District. 

I have sat with Peter on many occasions to discuss the behavioral health needs of Lewis County.  He is always attentive and empathic when helping me brainstorm solutions to the behavioral health concerns of individuals in Lewis County.  I have fond him warm, receptive, and open to new ideas.  As Mayor Pro-tem, and serving on the Centralia City Council, Peter has worked tirelessly to make Centralia a better place to live, work, and raise a family.  Peter’s passion for his fellow community members, and in fact all residents of Lewis County, is evident as he was chosen as The Chronicle’s Person of the Year for 2020. 

In addition, Peter has sat on Cascade’s Community Healthcare’s Legislative and Governmental Forum’s professional panel for several years, listening to and offering his expertise as local social services agencies present issues they are facing with the individuals they serve. Peter is not one to sit idly by as other do the work.  He is not afraid to get his hand dirty and do the work, to effect real and lasting change.

I sincerely believe he will be a tireless advocate for Lewis County residents, and a positive force in state government.   

Dr. Richard J. Stride, Psy.D., LMHC
Peter Abbarno with Rep. Richard DeBolt at the Cascade Community Health Legislative-Governmental Forum

Cascade Community Health has been serving the community for more than 50 years, with offices in Centralia, Chehalis, and Morton.

Cascade Community Health offers a wide range of services from inpatient to outpatient care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and more. Learn more about Cascade Community Health.

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Washington Taxpayers robbed of ‘hundreds of millions’ in unemployment.

Governor Inslee and Commissioner of the State Employment Security Department, Suzi LeVine, recently disclosed a Nigerian Crime Syndicate scam that robbed Washington State Taxpayers of ‘hundreds of millions’ in unemployment support.

There is a leadership vacuum at the top, beginning with the Governor; and the Democrat Majority party appears complacent to let working families and small businesses suffer. Elected Officials are stewards of taxpayer funds, but that has been forgotten in Olympia.

As your State Representative, my priority is YOU; the taxpayer, the small business owner, and the working families. I will help deliver a much needed political and ideological makeover to Olympia to hold government accountable!

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

Earlier this spring, as Washington began to pay out enhanced unemployment benefits to tens of thousands of laid-off and furloughed workers, a criminal organization halfway around the world spied an enormous opportunity. The Nigerian fraud ring is dubbed “Scattered Canary” by security researchers.

Peter Abbarno in front of his law office in downtown Centralia.

Initially, the losses were communicated by the Governor and State of Washington as several million. That amount has more recently been increased to “hundreds of millions” of taxpayer dollars handed over to a Nigerian crime ring in a Washington unemployment scam (Dave Ross Interview with ESD). The exact amount may still take time to determine.

Washington’s unemployment system missed red flags, including payments to out-of-state banks and the use of suspicious email accounts, according to security experts. All of that happened despite a $44 million software upgrade at ESD that was supposed to help detect such fraud. The staff and software did not detect the fraud. More importantly, the extent of the fraud was not communicated to the public.

There is a pattern of poor management from this Governor and his party. We need a change in course to commonsense and pragmatic policies that put people first.

Four years ago, Western State Hospital lost its accreditation and it was months before the Governor and DSHS shared the information with the public. This year, the Governor ordered the release of criminals into our communities that not only re-offended, but the Governor failed to inform the public he was releasing criminals already infected with COVID-19. Now, ‘hundreds of millions’ of taxpayer dollars, meant for economic recovery for working families, were stolen right under the Governor’s nose.

This is our home, we should expect better. As a small business owner, parent, and Centralia City Councilmember, I have the experience to help guide our community and state down a better path.

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

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If you believe you were subject to an unemployment scam, Visit or Call: Claimant Fraud, Phone: 1-866-266-1987 OR Employer Fraud, Phone: 1-866-266-1987.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You Peter Abbarno for the Park-and-Ride Clean Up.

Thank you Gerry and Larry Bilyeu for the letter to the editor in the Daily Chronicle dated May 18th. The letter was in response to the Mellen Street Park and Ride and efforts to hold the State accountable.

Thank you to Bruce Foreman for his letter of April 25th regarding the RVs parked at the Mellen Street Park and Ride. It was an eyesore and certainly a sanitation and health issue.  We too, worried about the waste being thrown into the Chehalis River near there.

Thank you to Mr. Peter Abbarno for coming forward and making the necessary contacts to get the cleanup procedure started.

Thank you WSDOT for following through on the towing and clean up.

We appreciate how nice and clean the park and ride is again as of this date, May 12.

Gerry and Larry Bilyeu

The Letter was in Response to a video posted by Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro-tem and Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

Peter Abbarno posted this video one day before WSDOT cleared the Mellen Street Park-and-Ride.

The Daily Chronicle wrote numerous features on this issue that has plagued Lewis County and counties along the I-5 corridor.

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Letter to the Editor: Vote Peter Abbarno – Protecting Our Rights!

Thank you Steve Carmick for your letter to the editor dated May 11, 2020 in the Daily Chronicle. Steve is an NRA certified trainer, former president of the Lewis County Friends of the NRA, and Board Member for the Centralia Rifle Club.

I’m writing to endorse Peter Abbarno who is running to represent us in the Washington state House of Representatives. As lawyers, both Peter and I know that we don’t need any more gun laws. He also knows that some of our gun laws need repealing. I’m proud and happy to support Peter Abbarno to represent us in the 20th Legislative District, and I urge the people of Lewis County, and especially gun owners, to join me.

Steve Carmick, Centralia

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Our State constitutional provision in Article 1; Section 24, is unique in that the right to “bear arms” is construed as an “individual” rather than “collective” right. “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired.” Washingtonians have stronger protections, yet, the erosion of that right continues.

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Involuntary Quarantine: Fact or Fiction!

Can the Governor, through public health officials, involuntarily confine and quarantine Washingtonians? Fact!

Public Health Officials can confine and quarantine Washingtonians who fail to comply with the Governor’s Stay Home Order and self-quarantine.

Tara Lee with the Governor Inslee’s Office stating to Q13 News that “Anyone can choose not to participate in an interview if they are contacted by public health professionals” and “We hope people who test positive or who are identified as close contacts chose to voluntarily self isolate.” However, the State can force quarantine and force quarantine in undisclosed locations!

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

According to the Washington Administrative Code 246-100-040(1), at his or her sole discretion, a local health officer may issue an emergency detention order causing a person or group of persons to be immediately detained for purposes of isolation or quarantine.

RCW 70 authorizes the confinement by Local Health Officials, and the Department of Health adopts their Administrative Code to set the standards and procedures for the voluntary and involuntary confinement/Quarantine. The Process Outlined in WAC 246-100 has been effective since 2003.

Many concerns arise from an involuntary quarantine and confinement; especially when the procedures are developed by the State Agency. This process, adopted in 2003, may become more common in the future and should concern legislators and Washingtonians regardless of party.

Orders to confine and quarantine Washingtonians can be brought to a Judge “ex parte.” The term “ex parte” means that the Petition to Quarantine Involuntarily is presented to a judge with only one side present at the hearing, the Agency seeking the quarantine. You may be involuntarily quarantined without even having been put on proper notice and allowed to adequately defend yourself.

Peter Abbarno is an attorney and Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

Local Health Officers have three options for initiating the quarantine or isolation of an individual, including involuntary confinement.

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Centralia builds inclusive and accessible Borst Park playground.

On Tuesday, May 12, the City of Centralia moved forward and approved building a handicap accessible playground at Borst Park. The funds for the project come from the “Borst Construction” funds, a fund created with the use fees paid for renting park facilities, and can only be used to improve Borst Park.

I have been a strong supporter and advocate for greater inclusiveness and accessibility throughout our community. I’ve brought families and groups like SPARC, People First, Special Olympics, and the Autism Coalition to speak with city staff to share their ideas and opinions about the need for truly accessible equipment. This is a good step forward to meeting the needs of ‘all’ Centralia’s residents and visitors.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia City Mayor Pro-tem and Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.
Peter Abbarno speaking at the Lewis County Autism Coalition First Annual Inclusion Luncheon

At the City Council meeting in April 2018, Peter Abbarno urged City of Centralia staff to pursue “inclusion” when improving our city streets and sidewalks, parks, and when planning new playground equipment.

In May 2019, the Centralia City Council gave direction to City staff to begin planning Phase I of the Fort Borst Park Playground renovations which includes inclusive handicap accessible playgrounds and equipment for children with physical disabilities.

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Peter Abbarno speaks with former Monroe inmate Richard Dugger.

On May 6, Peter Abbarno, candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District, spoke with former Monroe Correctional Facility inmate Richard Dugger. Mr. Dugger was released from prison by the Governor into Cowlitz County and tested positive for COVID-19.

The Governor bowed 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.

According to the Governor, he released inmates from prison to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within the prison. Instead, the Governor released a COVID-19 positive inmate into Cowlitz County. The Department of Corrections did not test inmates before release. Where are the Governor’s priorities?

Luckily, Mr. Dugger did the right thing. He identified that he could be COVID-19 positive and isolated himself to protect his family and others. That act should be commended.

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

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National Police Week Honors Brave Men and Women!

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

We owe our police and law enforcement officers an unending debt of gratitude for the contributions and sacrifices they make every day to keep our families and communities safe. On behalf of my family, thank you and you have our support.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro-tem and Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

According to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, “National Police Week is an annual nationwide tribute to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. It is a solemn occasion for America’s law enforcement officers to come together and honor their own.”

It’s important for law enforcement to have the support of our elected officials. I’m supporting Peter Abbarno for State Representative.  Peter has supported law enforcement and first responders as a City Councilmember, small business owner, and volunteer. As a State Representative, I am confident he will have our backs and help keep our communities and first responders’ safe.

Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza

Representative Richard DeBolt endorses Peter Abbarno

Keeping the 20th Legislative District Strong and Working for Us is the theme of State Representative Richard DeBolt’s endorsement message to Elect Peter Abbarno.

Richard DeBolt endorses Peter Abbarno for State Representative

Richard DeBolt has represented the 20th Legislative District for 24 years. He has worked hard, delivered, and improved our communities year-after-year. To have his endorsement means he knows I have the experience and work ethic to improve our community, and trusts me to keep the 20th Strong!

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

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