Please join me for my 7th annual listening tour!

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August 22, 2023

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 first election to the Senate seven years ago. These listening tours have really helped me hear directly from constituents on issues important to your communities, and the discussions each fall prepare me for the legislative session.


“Listening tours” prepare me to represent you at our state Capitol in Olympia.

7th annual listening tour: September 5-8

This year’s 12th District listening tour will be split between the traditional areas of the 12th District and the new areas of the district resulting from last year’s state redistricting. The first portion of the tour will take place on Tuesday, September 5th for Chelan County and East Wenatchee residents. The remaining tour will take place September 6-8 in the King and Snohomish counties portion of the new 12th District. Past listening tours have taken me throughout the 12th District and helped connect me with issues important to all communities of the district, such as Leavenworth, Cashmere, Quincy, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Pateros, Twisp, Chelan, Grand Coulee, Bridgeport, Waterville, Rock Island, Mansfield, and Mazama. Many of these areas are no longer within the 12th District boundaries, which is why this year’s stops include visits for Wenatchee and the recently added communities of the district. It is always helpful to hear directly from you, the people I serve, on issues important to your community.

Listening Tour

September 6-8 "listening tour" in new areas

With last year’s redistricting changes, the 12th District has added many communities. The new 12th District boundaries include much of East Wenatchee, all of Chelan County, and portions of Snohomish County (Index to Monroe) and King County (North Bend to Duvall). Approximately half of the population of the new areas include the cities of North Bend, Carnation, Sultan, and Monroe with the other half of the new area located in unincorporated King and Snohomish counties. A new feature of the new 12th District is the Cascade Mountains, including Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass. I have worked hard throughout the year to outreach to all communities in the district and will continue my efforts by dedicating a good portion of this year’s listening tour to westside communities.

Group Meeting

Each year of my listening tours has included meetings with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. This meeting from 2017 involved discussions about key funding needed for Wenatchee’s Saddle Rock trails. Working together during the 2018 session (click here), we secured the necessary funding and the trail work is now completed.

Meet with me in-person or by video conference

While I am looking forward to in-person meetings for this year’s listening tour, group meetings can still 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. If you are interested in an appointment, either in-person or via Zoom, please contact me at or 360-988-3674.


Listening tour ideas successful in the Legislature

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. A biochar demonstration project in the Methow Valley to reduce wildfire risk was also funded, as well as significant future improvements to the city of Wenatchee’s Community Center utilized by Pinnacles Prep School. Funding for the new Wenatchee Valley YMCA was also recently secured in the capital budget. All were ideas first discussed with 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.  


Thank you to Mayor Geoffrey Thomas and the City of Monroe for welcoming me so graciously during last year’s listening tour. I had a great discussion with the city over dinner and during a City Council Meeting.

Monroe “Town Hall”- Wed. Sept 6th at 6:30 pm

In addition to the various appointments available for scheduling, I will be hosting a Town Hall listening session at the Monroe School District Board Room (14692 179th Ave. SE) on Wednesday, September 6th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. This event is available to everyone and no appointment is necessary. I plan to present information about the state budgets and preview the next legislative session. The remainder of the meeting will be available to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. Everyone is invited, so if you live in Monroe or nearby communities, I hope you’ll mark your calendars to join me!


Please schedule your meeting with me

I hope you will consider participating in this year’s listening tour. Please remember that these meetings are all prescheduled with specific times and locations. If you are interested in an appointment, please contact my office through my website’s Contact Me page at or 360-988-3674.

Whether you are able to participate in the upcoming listening tour or not, please know that my position exists to serve you. Please feel free to reach out to me and my office anytime. For immediate assistance, call our Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Please like and follow me on Facebook @SenatorBradHawkins for my latest updates.

I appreciate hearing your thoughts and ideas about state government and thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your state senator.



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