Rep. Peter Abbarno announces launch of re-election campaign

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State Representative Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, announced his candidacy for re-election as the 20th District representative on Thursday. Abbarno was elected to the House of Representatives in 2020, winning 71% of the vote.

“I am proud to serve the 20th Legislative District in the State Legislative Assembly and stand up for our community, our families, our businesses and our values,” Abbarno said in a press release.

“I look forward to continuing my work in the Legislative Assembly to keep our communities safe, protect our constitutional rights, reduce the crippling tax burden on working families, help our small business owners be more successful, ensure every child the opportunity for a quality education, and the strengthening and empowerment of families, the announcement reads.

Abbarno is an associate ranking member of the House Capital Budget Committee. He also serves on the House Environment and Energy Committee and the Civil and Judicial Rights Committee.

“I’m particularly proud of the investments we’ve made through the capital budget; both statewide and in the 20th District to improve our quality of life and create economic opportunity,” Abbarno said.

The 20th District includes parts of Thurston, Lewis, and Cowlitz counties and northern Clark County, including Ridgefield, La Center, and Woodland.

Abbarno is an attorney and partner at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP, based in Centralia. He previously served as a city councilor in Centralia. In 2020, Abbarno was named Legislator of the Year by the Washington Association of Agricultural Educators, District 3.

Abbarno and State Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, 20th District seat neighbor, will hold a campaign kickoff at 7:30 a.m., April 12, at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis. Orcutt, who has served in the Legislature since 2002, is expected to announce his re-election campaign at the event.

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