Please join me for my 4th annual listening tour!

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December 2, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As your state senator, it is very helpful for me to hear directly from you, but I know it can be difficult to come to Olympia during the legislative session. That is why I created an annual 12th District “listening tour” after my election to the Senate four years ago. Due to the ongoing challenges associated with the COVID pandemic, I’ve decided to make my 4th annual listening tour a virtual tour.

4th annual listening tour - Thursday, Dec. 10th

This year’s 12th District listening tour will be “virtual” and take place on Thursday, December 10. The past listening tours have taken me all throughout the 12th District and helped connect me with issues important to all four counties in our district – Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan, including several communities, such as Leavenworth, Cashmere, Quincy, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Pateros, Twisp, Chelan, Grand Coulee, Bridgeport, Waterville, Rock Island, Mansfield, and Mazama. It is always helpful to hear directly from you, the people I serve, on issues important to your community. 

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Dec. 10 Zoom community meetings at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (everyone invited)

For 3:00 p.m., click here (Phone 253-215-8782, ID 992 9720 6374, Passcode 377652)

For 7:00 p.m., click here (Phone 253-215-8782, ID 981 2937 2642, Passcode 033215)

December 10th virtual "listening tour" meetings

Group meetings will take place by Zoom or as traditional conference calls. My office will schedule the meetings approximately 20 minutes apart to accommodate as many groups as possible. Meeting directly with constituents or stakeholder groups in separate appointments has worked well in past years. During past listening tours, meetings included individuals, employers, local governments, and community groups. If you are interested in an appointment, please contact me at or 360-688-8951.

December 10th virtual “community meetings” – everyone welcome at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

In addition to the individual appointments that are available throughout the day, all participants are welcome to join me for two virtual “community meetings” that will take place via Zoom at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., each lasting approximately one hour. During the meetings, I will provide an overview of the upcoming legislative session, discuss the state’s budget challenges, and answer questions submitted by participants. Much of the community meeting time will be dedicated to hearing directly from constituents or groups. To accommodate as many community members as possible, participants will have about two minutes each, depending on the number of people interested in speaking.  

Listening tours help me serve you better

Hosting a listening tour each year allows me to hear directly from you in preparation for the upcoming session. Ideas shared during past listening tours have even turned into successful legislative action. As examples, a suggestion by Leavenworth officials to dispose of brush and yard clippings resulted in a bill that became law in 2018. A funding request related to the Saddle Rock trail in Wenatchee became reality when it was included in the state capital budget two years ago, and a road paving project to a popular fishing location in Okanogan County was recently funded. All were ideas presented by constituents during past listening tours. Besides legislative ideas, I also collect helpful comments that prepare me to make better decisions to represent you in Olympia.  

Legislative staff and issue specialists will join us

As I have done the previous years, I have invited my legislative staff, communications staff and issue specialists to join me. It’s helpful to have these resources available when visiting with communities. If we do not have answers to the questions you ask, we’ll track them down and follow up with you. The 12th District listening tours are a great opportunity for staff based in Olympia to hear directly from you about issues of interest in our district, so I hope you’ll connect with us.    

I hope you will consider participating in this year’s listening tour, either through the separately scheduled meetings or during the larger-scale community meetings. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you!



Brad Hawkins

State Senator Brad Hawkins
12th Legislative District


107 Newhouse Building - P.O. Box 40412 | Olympia, WA 98504-0412
(360) 786-7622 or Toll-free: (800) 562-6000