As expected, state Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, will seek re-election to the 19th District seat he has held since first elected in 2002. He said his top priorities are COVID-19 response and recovery and investment in rural health care and jobs.
“We need strong, stable, and experienced leadership to respond to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Blake. “I voted to authorize using $200 million to respond to this crisis, investing in our hospitals, local business assistance, and unemployment support.”
Blake chairs the House Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources and touts his efforts to support crabbers and salmon stocks that he says are critical to the coastal economy.
“I’ve secured hundreds of millions of dollars for projects in the 19th over my time in office,” said Blake. “Any time I’m working on a bill, whether it’s related to health care, transportation, our state budget, or any other issue we address in the legislature, I always make sure the specific and unique needs of southwest Washington communities are being met.”
The 19th District includes parts of Grays Harbor, Cowlitz and Lewis and all of Pacific and Wahkiakum counties, with Cowlitz accounting for the largest number of voters.