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Published on Jun 25, 2020

AWC's City Champion Award

Contact: Candice Bock

CityChampionAwardAWC’s City Champion Awards acknowledge the hard work and dedication of legislators who championed critical city issues during the 2020 legislative session.

Congratulations 2020 City Champions!


Winners from the House of Representatives

Representative Andrew Barkis (R-Olympia)
Rep. Barkis championed two important city priorities: affordable housing and fish passage. He is a thoughtful and engaged advocate for improved housing policies and a great partner as cities work to increase housing supply for all income levels. Barkis has also been a champion for a strategic watershed-based approach to the state’s fish passage issue, recognizing that we need to address other barriers in addition to those covered by the state’s culvert injunction.

Representative Lauren Davis (D-Shoreline)
Rep. Davis was an early supporter of AWC’s effort to secure funding for a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) study in 2020. Davis has a passion for providing resources for those seeking recovery from substance use disorders. She advocated strongly for local flexibility and a permanent funding source for cities to provide MAT services in our jail facilities. We appreciate her willingness to pursue funding to help people struggling with addiction in both our jail facilities and our wider communities.

Representative Davina Duerr (D-Bothell)
Rep. Duerr understands city issues from a firsthand perspective as a current city councilmember. Duerr sponsored a bill on an important city issue, funding for Local Revitalization Financing (LRF), and cosponsored a bill to address a city priority issue, Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Duerr is always willing to speak up for city issues among the Legislature. She uses her unique perspective as a sitting councilmember and is a strong member of the City/County Champions Caucus.

Representative Carolyn Eslick (R-Sultan)
As a former mayor, Rep. Eslick is intimately aware of the challenges that cities face. This year, Eslick sponsored a bill to provide additional revenue tools for parks. She is passionate and dedicated when trying to find a solution that can help fund city parks and outdoor recreation. Rep. Eslick brings her fresh city perspective to conversations with her colleagues and helps them understand what cities need and why.

Representative Debra Lekanoff (D-La Conner)
Rep. Lekanoff is recognized for her tireless work to advance a more strategic approach to fish passage issues around the state. She worked over the course of two years to help develop a strategy to complement the state’s culvert injunction responsibilities by identifying additional barrier corrections that can achieve important fisheries recovery goals. Her support will help inform the state’s larger funding conversation in the future.

Representative Bill Ramos (D-Issaquah)
Rep. Ramos sponsored AWC’s priority transportation legislation that sought to improve and expand cities’ local transportation revenue options. Ramos showed leadership on a tough issue, especially during a legislative session dealing with the fiscal fallout of Initiative 976. As a former city councilmember, Ramos has also been engaged with the City/County Champions Caucus in the House advocating for city issues based on his experience in local government.

Representative Drew Stokesbary (R-Auburn)
Rep. Stokesbary was a cosponsor of our TIF bill in 2020. As a ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee and a member of the House Finance Committee, he often provides cities with a listening ear and good feedback on how to address our fiscal needs. Stokesbary appreciates our challenges in making city budgets work and he’s always willing to look for solutions that help cities.


Winners from the Senate

Senator Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver)
Sen. Cleveland was a bold leader on several proposals that were critical to cities’ success in the 2020 legislative session. Cleveland played a key role in building Senate support to fund a study to help local jails implement Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). She provides a valuable voice for the needs of local government and is a strong advocate for local funding and decision-making authority.

Senator Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes)
Sen. Lovelett cosponsored AWC’s priority transportation bill looking to improve and expand cities’ local transportation revenue options. Lovelett’s background as a city councilmember helps her understand the needs of cities. She supports cities by championing key issues like expanding broadband access and advocating for infrastructure funding. As a member of the Senate Local Government Committee, she is an important voice on bills that impact cities.

Senator Joe Nguyen (D-Burien)
Sen. Nguyen sponsored AWC’s priority transportation legislation that sought to improve and expand cities’ local transportation revenue options. Nguyen showed bold leadership during a legislative session dealing with the fiscal fallout of Initiative 976. He also supports our efforts to increase funding for affordable housing and improve access to broadband. Nguyen shows his support for local government through his willingness to listen and work with cities on key issues.

Senator Shelly Short (R-Addy)
Sen. Short sponsored a bill to address updates to public records processes. While the bill didn’t pass, Short has shown her dedication to making sure that cities have a seat at the table. As a ranking member of the Senate Local Government Committee, Short is an ally to cities. She understands and is responsive to the challenges that cities in her district face in responding to public records requests.

Senator Judy Warnick (R-Moses Lake)
Sen. Warnick is a longtime city champion who strongly supports the Public Works Trust Fund and is dedicated to making sure that cities have access to much-needed flexible infrastructure funding. Warnick is easy to work with and always willing to listen and ponder solutions that work for everyone. Furthermore, Warnick is a city champion for her support to give cities options and incentives, rather than mandates, on local housing policies.

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