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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Due to election-year restrictions that begin tomorrow, this will be my last email update until after the November general election results are certified. To stay informed and connected throughout interim, I encourage you to sign up for the Capitol Buzz and frequently visit our legislative news aggregator, The Ledger.

I recently sent out a four-page mailer to residents of the 31st District that recaps the 2024 legislative session. You probably received it in your mailbox this weekend. If not, it should arrive any day.

I wanted to share what I wrote in my opening letter of the mailer:

This year’s 60-day legislative session, which adjourned March 7, marked my first as House Republican Leader. In preparing for the session, I found myself reflecting on the past. Years of hyperpartisanship in Olympia has resulted in a litany of one-sided policies that have had devastating consequences for the people we serve. Washingtonians have been caught up in an avalanche of cascading failures, many of which have been made worse by the Legislature.

To kick off the session, Governor Inslee delivered an address to the Legislature in which he declared: “The state of our state is stronger than ever.” The reality, however, paints a much different picture.

Washington state has the highest burglary rate in the country, the second-highest property crime rate, the third-highest price of gas, the fourth-most expensive groceries, the fourth-highest homelessness rate, and the fewest number of police officers per capita for the 13th straight year. Beyond that, math and reading test scores are far below pre-pandemic levels and we saw the largest increase in drug overdose deaths last year.

Washington is in crisis in too many ways, which is why our mission as House Republicans is straightforward:
Fix Washington.

We brought forward a range of bills during session addressing problems with public safety, education, substance abuse, homelessness, housing, child care, and overall life affordability. Sadly, most of our proposals were brushed aside by the majority party. As a result, the policies and budget they pushed through fell short of adequately addressing our state’s most pressing issues. While we successfully passed several of our smaller bills and prevented numerous detrimental bills from becoming law, the most significant victory of the session was the approval of three of the six initiatives sent to us by the people. More on that inside this mailer.

While Republicans may not hold the gavel in Olympia, we will continue promoting a bold agenda that serves as a roadmap for restoring hope, creating a brighter future, and getting our state back on track. We will continue serving with purpose, accountability, and a profound sense of urgency.

If you would like to read the full mailer, you can do so by clicking on the image below.

Contacting me

I am here to serve you year-round, so please feel free to contact me anytime with your comments, questions or concerns. You can also contact my legislative assistant, Gina Palermo, to set up a time to meet with me in district or if you need assistance dealing with a state agency.

It is an honor to serve you. We’ll talk to you again in November.

Warmly,


Drew Stokesbary

State Representative Drew Stokesbary, 31st Legislative District
RepresentativeDrewStokesbary.com
335C Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
drew.stokesbary@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7846 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000