Hawkins plans first annual ‘listening tour’

EAST WENATCHEE — Sen. Brad Hawkins will visit several 12th District communities this fall to hear directly from constituents. The first of what Hawkins expects to become an annual “listening tour” is set for Oct. 5-7 to meet with individual constituents, employers, local governments and community groups, according to a news release.

“I thought this would be a creative way to go out and connect with people where they are, so I can listen to their thoughts and concerns,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins will meet by appointment at public locations in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties. On Oct. 5 he’ll start at Leavenworth City Hall, then stop at Wenatchee’s Confluence Technology Center and the Douglas County Public Services Building in East Wenatchee, make a visit to Pybus Market, and wrap up that evening at the Port of Quincy. The tour’s second day opens at the Lake Chelan School District board room, with visits to the Sweet River Bakery in Pateros and Alta Lake State Park on the way to late-afternoon appointments in Winthrop.

Hawkins said there will be two meeting opportunities in the Wenatchee area where no appointments are needed. One is the Oct. 5 stop at Pybus; the second will be a community hike up Saddle Rock. Hawkins and others who want to join him for the hike will depart from the Saddle Rock Gateway at 9 a.m. Oct. 7.

Hawkins asks that people email him at brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov or call his legislative office at (360) 786-7622 to arrange appointments.

Hawkins intends to choose different locations throughout the 12th District’s four counties in future years. “Over time, I think we’ll cover a lot of ground and connect with a lot of people,” he said.