Sen. Hawkins to conduct second 12th District ‘listening tour’, will be in Bridgeport Sept. 13

Sen. Brad Hawkins visits with constituents in Pateros during his 2017 ‘listening tour’.
I learn by listening

One thing that I have learned throughout my public service, both during my school board years and in the Legislature, is the importance of being a good listener. Unfortunately, I think we have all observed politicians who mistakenly think that "talking" is their most important skill. It's actually the "listening" that helps people become good policymakers.


That's why I am excited to share news about my second annual 12th District "listening tour" scheduled for Sept. 11 through Sept. 14, during which my staff and I travel throughout the district to hear directly from you. The listening tour idea was something I started last year to be creative, and people responded very positively.


The listening tour requires plenty of advance planning and coordination and is a busy time, but the feedback I receive and the things I learn help me to serve you better. It also provides my staff and me an opportunity to prepare legislative ideas and budget requests prior to the start of session.


Our tour schedule will take me to all four counties in our district, including a Sept. 13 visit to Bridgeport for meeting appointments at the City Hall from 12 to 1 p.m. Other communities I'm visiting are Leavenworth, Cashmere, Wenatchee, Chelan, Coulee City, Soap Lake, and Waterville, concluding in Twisp. The stops are not town halls, so please plan ahead with us to schedule your appointment.


Last year's tour wrapped up with a community hike up Saddle Rock, which proved to be a fun way to enjoy a great outdoor recreational opportunity and to connect with each other in a special and unique way. We'll conclude the tour this year on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. with a similar idea involving a community hike up the Patterson Mountain trail near Winthrop.


If you want to experience breathtaking views of the Methow Valley, please join us. The trail is located near Sun Mountain Lodge. Easy access to the trailhead is provided via Patterson Lake Road or Twin Lakes Road. Discover Pass holders are encouraged to park in the trailhead parking lot; others may park on the road shoulder nearby.


Last year's tour provided me an opportunity to meet with many constituents (individuals, employers, local governments, and community groups) and some of those discussions led to successful passage of legislative and budget requests.


 If you or your organization would like to meet with me and my staff at any of the community stops, please contact my office by e-mail at<> or by phone at 360-786-7622 to make an appointment.


There's no reason you need to drive all the way to Olympia in the middle of winter just to share your thoughts and ideas with me. I've made that drive several times and, unless you want to see and experience the Capitol, keeping things local is the better option.


 I pride myself in being accessible to you - the people who elect me - and hearing your thoughts and ideas. Whether here in the district or in Olympia, please feel free to contact me anytime. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your 12th District state senator.

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