Elect Peter Abbarno

Inslee Strikes Agritourism Industry with New Restrictions!

Despite agritourism already feeling the negative economic impact of COVID-19 and Stay Home Orders, the Governor released new rules in August that would end hay rides, petting farm animals, and touching farm equipment.

The new rules are arbitrary and disproportionately punish small farmers and agritourism in rural communities like the 20th Legislative District, who are already feeling the financial strain of the Stay Home Orders.

The new rules prohibiting farm playgrounds, viewing animals, and rides to fields are more restrictive than rules for public parks, zoos, public transportation, and even shopping indoors at places like Walmart. Farms are already meeting the capacity and sanitization rules, including social distancing.

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

According to a Capital Press article, the agritourism rules are effective immediately and apply to all counties that have progressed past Phase 1 in Inslee’s four-phase plan to reopen Washington businesses. Any farm that breaks a rule can be fined $10,000.

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Agritourism customers must wear face coverings and keep at least 6 feet apart. The rules ban activities such as wagon rides, haunted houses, playgrounds, farm equipment “exploration,” animal viewing, petting areas, paintball and campfires.

Endorsed by the Washington Farm Bureau!

It was disappointing to hear, but not surprising, that the Governor didn’t consult with the Washington Farm Bureau before making his unilateral decision to direct the overly restrictive rules at rural famers and the agritourism industry.

No corn mases or fall events is a drastic policy! The Governor needs to take a mulligan and work with the agritourism industry to develop a better policy that protects visitors AND opens up our farms and communities.

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

Recently, the Governor was forced to roll some of the restrictions back- evidencing the lack of leadership and a plan by the governor to address COVID-19 and a re-opening plan.

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Abbarno receives endorsement from Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler

Peter Abbarno, candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District received the endorsement of 3rd District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. The 3rd Congressional District encompasses virtually all of the 20th Legislative District.

I am honored to receive the endorsement of Congresswoman Herrera Beutler. I’ve known the Congresswoman a long time and followed her career from State Representative to Congress. She’s an effective communicator on issues important to our community and works hard to find solutions. I look forward to continuing our work together to improve and support SW Washington and the 20th Legislative District.

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

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Cowlitz County Meet-and-Greet(s) in Kelso!

Meet Peter Abbarno, Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District, and your Cowlitz County Candidates in a series of meet-and-greets that begin August 27th. The 20th Legislative District includes parts of Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz, and Clark counties.

Peter received over 47% of the primary vote in a field of 4 candidates to advance to the General Election on November 3rd to face a democrat candidate from Toutle.

Every-other week, starting on Thursday, August 27th, the public will have an opportunity to meet Republican candidates running for office or re-election in the State of Washington and Cowlitz County at the Cowlitz County Republican Headquarters at 314 Academy Street in Kelso.

2020 Meet & Greet Calendar

  • August 27th 5PM – 7PM
  • September 10th 5PM – 7PM
  • September 24th 5PM – 7PM
  • October 8th 5PM – 7PM
  • October 22nd 5PM – 7PM

About Peter Abbarno

Peter is a small business owner, attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP, and Mayor Pro-tem in the City of Centralia. Peter lives with his wife Holly (Hawes), a math teacher at Centralia Middle School, and their two children Sophia and Antonio.

Peter is endorsed by State Senator John Braun (R-20); State Representative Richard Debolt (R-20); State Representative Ed Orcutt (R-20); State Representative Jim Walsh (R-19); over 30 elected officials in the 20th district; as well as endorsed by the Washington Farm Bureau, Associated General Contractors of Washington, Washington Affordable Housing Council, The Daily News, The Lewis County News, received an “A” grade from the National Rifle Association, and is the only candidate recommended by LifePac.

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Happy Birthday, George Washington, Centralia Founder!

If there’s any decent place in this world, I’m Going to find it!

George Washington, Founder of Centralia, Born August 15, 1817.

George Washington, a young African American man from Missouri, said this phrase before platting Centralia (formerly known as Centerville) in Lewis County, Washington. George Washington, the son of  a black slave and a white woman of English descent, George crossed the continent on the Oregon Trail and settled where the Chehalis and Skookumchuck Rivers converge.

In these highly charged and political times, we must embrace our past and look at the people, like George Washington, who forever changed our community and destiny for the better. It is in our shared history and appreciation for trailblazers, visionaries, and humanitarians, like George, that we find common ground to communicate, cooperate, and endeavor to solve problems together. George, and his wife Mary Jane, left a legacy from which we continue to learn. Happy Birthday, George, and thank you!

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

According to HistoryLink.org:

On January 8, 1875, George Washington (1817-1905) and his wife Mary Jane file the plat that establishes the town of Centerville, soon to be renamed Centralia, in Lewis County in Southwest Washington. George Washington, a pioneer from Virginia, is the son of an African American slave and a woman of English descent. For the next 30 years, he is a leading citizen, promoter, and benefactor of the town he founds.

From the Book “Centralia: the First Fifty Years” (Pg. 213):

When the first plat of the new town, just four blocks square, was finished, George Washington and his wife, Mary Jane, took the roll of paper and drove over tot he new county seat at Saundersville, later Chehalis, to the two-story courthouse on State Street. Before John West, the auditor, and his wife, Dora, as witness, on January 8, 1875, they filed their intention to lay out a new town. It read: This town of Centerville, Iys in the North Easte Corner of Section Eight, Township 14, Range two West. I have agreed to sell lots to any person for ten dollars per lot that want them to enny actual settlers. The Streets and Alleys are as follows, West Front Street 68 feet wide, East Front Street 66 feet wide. All the rest of the Streets are sixty feet wide, Three Alleys Twelve feet wide. Said Streets and Allays are hereby dedicated as highways for Public use.

Read more from the book, “Centralia: the First Fifty Years,” and about the founding of the city of Centralia here.

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Thank you for voting and supporting the Campaign to Elect Peter Abbarno. My family and I are honored and feel blessed to received the overwhelming support in the Primary Election. As of August 7, I received over 47% of the Vote in a 4-way race; including over 54% in my home county of Lewis.

There is a lot of work ahead! I will be traveling the district and discussing the important issues impacting families and businesses. Election Day is November 3rd; meaning voting begins on October 16. There is not a lot of time!

We must keep the 20th District Strong and working for us- and equally important- send a strong message to King County and Olympia politicians that we don’t want their failed Seattle policies in our neighborhoods in SW Washington!

I want to thank Brian Lange and others for running a positive campaign about the issues. It is not easy to put your name on the ballot. There is a lot of time dedicated to traveling and discussing ideas and solutions for our community. I have a lot of respect for Brian and all the candidates that ran this year.

Thank you for your support and vote for Peter Abbarno.

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

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Delivering Meals and Supporting Lewis County Seniors!

This week, Peter Abbarno delivered meals to Lewis County Seniors in Toledo; supporting the many seniors impacted by COVID-19 and the Stay Home Orders.

I’ve been involved by helping and supporting the Lewis County Seniors since their inception as a seprate organization apart from the County. Meeting seniors in Toledo and delivering meals was rewarding, but also a reminder of the needs that are sill in our community; especially for those who are vulnerable or on fixed incomes. In just two hours in Toledo, we delivered meals to 40 seniors, including 3 newly registered seniors.

Thank you to Glenda Forga, staff, volunteers, supporters, and the Lewis County Seniors Board. Countless hours go into planning and managing all the Lewis County Senior programs.

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

The Lewis County Seniors organization is important to our community by offering both nutritional and enrichment programs in Lewis County. Unfortunately much of enrichment has been curtailed. After county funding cuts, the Lewis County Seniors formed a 501(c)(3) organization to continue serving the vital needs of our community; including nutritional programs.

There are tremendous benefits to supporting our Lewis County Seniors. Our seniors built and contributed so much to our community and I believe providing for their wellbeing is the right thing to do. It is also the fiscally responsible thing to do, because we know that nutritional and enrichment programs are highly effective preventative measures to maintaining the quality of life and health of our senior community.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia City Councilmember and host of AM1470 KELA’s Let’s Talk About It show.

Listen to Peter Abbarno with Col. Ron Averill, President of the Lewis County Seniors, and Glenda Forga, Executive Director of the Lewis County Seniors, on AM1470 KELA Radio prior to COVID-19

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Turnout is 5% higher than 2016, but still only 15%. When do you vote? POLL!

As of July 28, 2020, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s Office, turnout in the State of Washington was 14.8%, 5% higher than the last presidential election years.

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Peter Abbarno talks Dairy Farming with the Osborne Family of LR Dairy in Lewis County!

Meeting Katie, Roy, and the Osborne Family!

Family Farming is part of the history and tradition in Washington State and the 20th Legislative District; contributing to more than $10 billion dollars in revenue from over 35,000 farms and ranches. As your State Representative, supporting our family farms, dairies and agriculture community will continue to be a priority.

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

I am proud and honored to be supported and endorsed by the Washington Farm Bureau and many family farms, like LR Dairy in Curtis.

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

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Get Washington Working: Half of Americans Believe Jobs gone Forever!

Nearly one-half of Americans believe their job is lost forever. According to an April AP-NORC poll, 78% of those in households with a job loss thought they’d be temporary. Now, 47% think that lost job is definitely or probably not coming back.

The Washington Stay Home-Stay Safe orders from the Governor were made without a long-term plan or strategy to re-open and support small businesses. Many Washingtonians agreed with the initial orders while a plan was put in place, but the lack of leadership and collaboration left many without a job, without economic security, and without hope. This is not good for families, businesses, students, or anyone.

Together, we need to Get Washington Working. This is about more than jobs, this is about the political machine in Olympia not working in the best interest of Washingtonians. We need communication, collaboration, and a less arbitrary and unilateral approach to governance.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District. Peter is a business owner, attorney with a Master of Laws in Taxation, mayor pro-tem in the City of Centralia, and husband and father.

In May, the Governor ended the bipartisan legislative task force focused on a long-term recovery plan. No new bipartisan committee has been created and the Governor’s weekly orders are unilateral without bipartisan legislative planning.

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Economic Rebuilding from the Stay Home Orders will be the most complex issue facing the State Legislature. The Washington economic and revenue forecast council estimated the State of Washington is facing a massive deficit!

Despite high unemployment and massive deficits, the Governor adopts a centralized planning approach with little to no input from the bipartisan legislative leadership. In fact, the Governor ended the bipartisan recovery task force in May.

I have experience as a Centralia City Councilor balancing a $150 million budget, I also have experience as a business owner and attorney on building sustainable economic plans for individuals and businesses.

I do not support creating new taxes or increasing the rate of existing taxes. The state cannot tax its way out of a recession or to prosperity on the backs of working families and small businesses. 

I support:

First, the State must cut the budget; not with a chainsaw, but with a scalpel. We must protect the most vulnerable in our community while at the same time recognizing that the democrat majority and Governor have over spent and created unsustainable programs with unreliable revenue.  The 2019 budget spends 19% more than the previous state budget. We can reduce spending while maintaining vital services.

Second, the State must grow our economy and eliminating regulatory barriers for small business to expand and create jobs. Over burdensome and clearly political and arbitrary regulations are preventing our community and small businesses from growing and creating jobs. 

I will help get Washington back to work and jumpstart the economy by reducing taxes and regulations and encouraging job creation and job growth.

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

Getting Washington Back to Work!