Monthly Archive: June 2020

Peter Abbarno’s July Campaign Events

4th of July at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis

Join the Campaign to Elect Peter Abbarno for the Veterans Memorial Museum 4th of July ‘Static’ Parade. Come celebrate Independence Day with us (at a distance). Our volunteers are passing out goodies and fun!

The Centralia Summertime Festival was cancelled, including parade, due to COVID-19. So, come visit us at the museum in Chehalis for a ‘static’ parade.

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Woodland Meet-and-Greet on July 9th

Join 20th Legislative District Representative Candidate Peter Abbarno and Representative Ed Orcutt for a meet-and-greet at Luckman Coffee in Woodland on July 9th at 6:30pm. The event can be attended both in-person and via Zoom.

The event is hosted by Darlene Johnson, Carol Rounds, Chuck Halsig, and Ben Thomas Jr. Please RSVP at darlene@gowoot.net for in-person and Zoom attendance.

Merten Ranch, Toledo Fundraiser July 18

SAVE THE DATE: A fundraiser hosted by Dale Merten, Richard DeBolt, Fred Rider, with special guest House Republican Leader JT Wilcox, and many more, is schedule for July 18th at 3pm in Toledo at the Merten Ranch. Look for more announcements and invitation coming soon!!

Rochester Meet-and-Greet on July 23

Join Peter Abbarno, Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District, for a meet-and-greet coffee and dessert event at *Mills Diner in Rochester on Thursday, July 23, at 6:30pm.

Please RSVP (if possible) at Peter@ElectPeterAbbarno.com.

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Woodland Meet-and-Greet July 9th: Elect Peter Abbarno & Re-Elect Ed Orcutt

Join 20th Legislative District Representative Candidate Peter Abbarno and Representative Ed Orcutt for a meet-and-greet at Luckman Coffee on July 9th at 6:30pm. The event can be attended both in-person and via Zoom.

RSVP: Darlene@gowoot.net

The event is hosted by Darlene Johnson, Carol Rounds, Chuck Halsig, and Ben Thomas Jr. Please RSVP at darlene@gowoot.net for in-person and Zoom attendance.

I want to thank the hosts of this event and all the volunteers and supporters. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Luckman Coffee on July 9th and discussing the issues that are important to working families and businesses in our community.

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

What: Meet-and-Greet with Peter Abbarno and Ed Orcutt
In-Person & Zoom
Where: Luckman Coffee Company, 1230 Lewis River Rd, Woodland
When: Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6:30pm
RSVP: Darlene@gowoot.net

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Peter Abbarno “Town Hall” Interview on AM1400 KEDO radio in Longview

I want to thank Bruce Pollock, Mike Wallin, Andy Huffman, and the entire crew at KEDO AM1400. ‘Town Hall’ is a great show where candidates, community advocates, and organizations can discuss important issues to Cowlitz County and beyond.

Bruce and I covered a lot of ground and discussed my support for quality economic development opportunities; improved access to early learning and child care for working families; local solutions for homelessness and poverty, Referendum 90 and the Mandatory Comprehensive Sexual Education law, and much more.

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

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Centralia College Foundation: Invest in our Students and Future!

Last night was my last meeting presiding over the Centralia College Foundation as President. I encourage the community to continue investing in the future of our students and community.

I thoroughly enjoyed being president over the past 3 years and having the opportunity to work with a great Board and great staff to give back to the Centralia College campus, faculty, students, and the entire community. I am looking forward to remaining a board member and supporting the college and our students. Join me!

Investments in Student Scholarships!

In 2018, the Centralia College Foundation invested $776,000 in over 350 Centralia College students!! In 2019, more than 400 students received over $650,000 in scholarships and tuition waivers. This year, 359 students were offered a total of $540,000 worth of scholarships and tuition waivers!

Over the past three years, the Centralia College Foundation offered almost $2 million to Centralia College Students. Thank you to the amazing donors, sponsors, and community for supporting the Foundation’s efforts to open doors and opportunities for our students.

You can donate to the Foundation at the Foundation Donate Page!

Investment in Faculty and Programs!

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Father’s Day Messages: Our Community Needs You!

Over the past three years, I submitted “Father’s Day” columns to the local newspapers. Below, please find the past three columns.

A Father’s Day Pledge: Never Be Too Busy to Read With Your Children

Every Father’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the kind of father we are and the kind of father we want to be. One pledge I am making to myself and my children, and I challenge other fathers to make, is reading with their children daily. 

Less than half of pre-kindergarten children are read to daily, despite the fact that we know the greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and age five. By age three, 85% of the brain’s core structure is formed.

Unfortunately, the majority of our attention and financial investments are made in the traditional education years of K-12. Until that changes, it’s necessary for all parents to participate in reading with our children and advocate greater investments in early learning. One key to a successful academic career starts with a strong foundation prior to kindergarten.

Pre-kindergarten children who are read to have a much larger vocabulary, better recognition of sentence structure, and greater ability to identify letters and numbers entering school. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who read 20 minutes a day at home are likely to score better than 90% of their peers; reading five minutes a day is likely to help them score better than 50%; and reading one minute a day is likely to help them to score better than 10% of their fellow students.

In our community, . . READ MORE

Peter Abbarno, letter to the editor, The Daily Chronicle, June 14, 2019.

Fathers: Creating Memories Can Change a Community.

On Sunday, fathers, stepfathers, and father figures will be celebrated and honored for their contribution to our families and our community. 

The holiday for celebrating fathers in the United States has strong roots in the State of Washington, with many crediting the holiday’s origin to a June 19, 1910 celebration held at the YMCA in Spokane. Although many fathers will be receiving gifts this year (thanks for the tie), I urge fathers to give of themselves, create lasting memories, and change our community for the better.

Every father is bestowed with an immense responsibility; to be a positive role model to their sons and daughters. Why is this so important? More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. The U.S Census Bureau found that children in father-absent homes are almost four-times more likely to live in poverty — with 44 percent of children in fatherless families living in poverty.

According to “What Can the Federal Government Do To Decrease Crime and Revitalize Communities?” a document created by the U.S. Department of Justice, children from fatherless homes accounted for staggering statistics including 63 percent of youth suicides, 85 percent of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders, 71 percent of all high school dropouts, 70 percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions and 75 percent of adolescent patients in substance abuse centers. . . READ MORE

Peter Abbarno, letter to the editor, The Daily Chronicle, June 15, 2018
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Tax increase proposal is an obstacle to recovery.

Democrats recently released a proposal to raise more than $2 billion in revenue through new and increased taxes. Titled,  “Public Priorities and Progressive Revenues Plan” the proposal includes two funding mechanisms: a state capital gains tax (income tax) and a corporate payroll tax, a tax on the employer based on the wages paid to employees.

Other funding mechanisms proposed by Democrat legislators and candidates include an ‘unconstitutional’ income tax, gas tax, low carbon fuel tax, road usage charge (per mile tax), ‘regressive’ business and occupation tax (B&O) increases, and more.

Over the past two years, the Governor and his legislative Democrats placed almost $10 billion worth of tax burden on working families and businesses; despite unprecedented revenue from existing sources. Now, they are coming back for more at the expense of working families and small businesses trying to recover. The state budget today is 19% larger than the budget approved in 2017.

As your State Representative, my priority is reducing spending, implementing efficiencies, and eliminating regulatory burdens so that our economy and community can grow while protecting the most vulnerable in the community. Our State can’t tax its way through a recovery or to prosperity.

I support investing in programs that truly make a difference in our community and incentivizing private business expansion and job creation through tax and regulatory reforms. Families and Businesses want to get back to work without the State being an obstacle.

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

2019-2020 Tax Increases on families and businesses:

Governor Inslee recently said he will call a special session for more aggressive steps if additional spending is needed. Tacoma Democrat State Representative Jake Fey was very revealing of the intent to increase taxes stating “we’re looking at everything from the road usage charge to a carbon-based charge; you name it, it’ll be looked at.”

Washington lawmakers are planning an emergency session to plug a hole of at least $7 billion in the state budget. Last week, State agencies turned in proposals Monday to cut 15% from their budgets over the next fiscal year, which starts on July 1, as well as the two years after that.

The current State Budget expenditures have increased 19% since 2017. Washington Policy Center budget analyst Jason Mercier said some programs may be cut, but a 15% reduction won’t make the current budget lower than the previous one.

The Governor and legislative Democrats did not need to increase taxes or create new sources of revenue the past two years! They did so because of their insatiable need to grow the size of government and create unnecessary programs at the expense of working families and small businesses.

Now, they want more. Our State was seeing unprecedented revenue. Rather than live within their means, the majority created raised taxes and created unsustainable programs without adequately funding the ‘rainy day’ reserves.

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

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What people are saying about Peter Abbarno. . . .

. . . Peter is not one to sit idly by as other do the work. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty and do the work, to effect real and lasting change. I have sat with him on many occasions to discuss the behavioral health needs of Lewis County. He always is attentive and empathetic when helping me brainstorm solutions to the behavioral health concerns of individuals in Lewis County. . .

Dr. Richard Stride, CEO of Cascade Community Health in the Longview Daily News, Endorsing Peter

“I grew up in Centralia and have been a teacher in the Centralia School District for 13 years. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many community members, but Peter Abbarno brings a whole new level into my classroom. . .

Rebecca Gordon, Centralia Resident and Centralia School District Teacher in the Daily Chronicle

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

Gerry and Larry Bilyeu, Centralia Residents, in the Daily Chronicle, thanking Peter for helping clean up the State’s Park-and-Ride on Mellen Street.

It is nearly impossible to be more immersed in one’s community than Peter Abbarno is in the Lewis County Community. In tough times, community leaders always show up to run for the State legislature as republicans.

House Republican Leader JT Wilcox

. . . 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 to join me

Steve Carmick, Certified NRA Instructor and Board Member of Centralia Rifle Club, in the Daily Chronicle, Endorsing Peter Abbarno

If you care about sport fish in the state of Washington. And in the 20th district you’ll vote for Peter Abbarno

Greg King, President of the Puget Sound Anglers -Lower Columbia Chapter

Peter Abbarno Meet-and-Greet June 17th on Zoom!

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District, is hosting a meet-and-greet through Zoom on Wednesday, June 17th from 12-1pm.

Zoom Meet-and-Greet with Peter Abbarno

When: Jun 17, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/99370099736

Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/99370099736

Please join me for the zoom lunchtime meet-and-greet on June17th. COVID-19 and the Stay Home Orders have significantly limited the ability to communicate about issues important to our community. This is a great opportunity to continue building relationships and discussing solutions.

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

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Referendum 90: Record 266,000 signatures filed to repeal mandatory sexual education law.

Today, more than 266,000 signatures of registered voters were filed with the Secretary of State’s Office to repeal the mandatory sexual education law signed by the Governor and passed by the Legislature at the request of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal.

This is the most signatures ever turned in for a referendum in the State of Washington. The Referendum was required to file 130,000 signatures.

Congratulations to all the volunteers who gathered signatures to repeal the mandatory sexual education law. Thank you for your efforts. My family enjoyed supporting the signature gathering efforts at many locations in Lewis and Thurston counties.

I really appreciate all the efforts on this issue 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, Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

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Rochester Surge Campaign Rally in the 20th LD

On June 7th, a very successful Rochester Surge Campaign Rally was held in Rochester, 20th Legislative District, with speakers including Loren Culp, State Representative Jim Walsh, County Commissioner Bobby Jackson, and Candidate for State Representative Peter Abbarno. The event was hosted in Thurston County by the Culp for Governor campaign.

There was a lot of energy in Rochester, with over 200 people attending the event. I am honored by the support in the 20th Legislative District. We discussed meaningful and fiscally responsible economic recovery; incentivizing business grown and development; supporting our valued traditions and constitutional freedoms, and a lot more.

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

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Speaking with supporters at the Rochester Surge Campaign Rally in the 20th LD

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