Dear friends and neighbors,
The days are getting shorter, and the start of the 2024 legislative session is drawing nearer.
We will have much to do in the short 60-day session, which starts January 8. Preparations have been underway for some time now, and part of that preparation has been hearing directly from you about the issues impacting your lives. If I haven’t had the opportunity to meet with you yet, there’s an opportunity to share your thoughts a little further down in this update.
First, I want to thank those who had the time to come share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas in-person at one of five locations my team and I visited on the Coffee with Corry district tour Oct. 26.
It was an eventful and informative day that started in White Salmon where community priorities included access to child care, homeless resources, more drug and mental health treatment, and housing.
My next stop was the American Legion in Goldendale, where residents and local law enforcement shared concerns about resources for law enforcement, the drug crisis, election security, gas taxes, and changes to the way the state handles sex offenders. Fellow 14th District Rep. Gina Mosbrucker also stopped by to listen in.
From Goldendale, we headed to Toppenish where we heard from local law enforcement, city leaders, educators, and other community members about the challenges of being a small city on the front lines of the drug crisis and homelessness. School funding and law enforcement resources were also significant concerns.
Selah was our fourth stop of the day. Among the issues discussed were housing, holding criminals accountable, and law enforcement resources and training.
We ended the tour with a stop in my hometown of Yakima, where the issues raised were similar to other communities we heard from. They included the drug crisis, public safety, education, disability rights, and many others.
Many of our communities face issues that all of us in Washington state face. But each community is also unique with its own different perspective on these challenges. That’s why it was such a benefit to see so many of you face-to-face and hear from you directly.
If you didn’t make it, there is still plenty of time for to share your thoughts on the issues mentioned above, or different ideas or concerns you have. You can do so here.
This was an important day. There was a great turnout at every stop. Everything I heard from all perspectives will help me as I work to improve our communities in the 14th District and create a safer, more affordable Washington state.
I hope you and your loved ones have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. I’ll have another update in your inbox next month.