I have never met Brad Hawkins but from what I have observed he is an honorable person. I admire him for defeating Mike Armstrong. Even though Brad has been involved in supporting education I anticipate that his party affiliation will put him in the ranks of expressing eloquent words supporting education but without the will to appropriate the revenue needed to finance quality programs.
Early in Brad’s political carrier he refused to support efforts by our Governor and the State to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. Brad indicated that dealing with climate change was a global issue not a state issue. His statement was not totally false. It is likely his attitude was a political excuse to be a good Republican rather than using his education and knowledge to join local, state and global efforts in maintaining the livability of our planet including the productivity of North Central Washington. Service may pay the rent but service must also maintain the property being rented. Brad is an employee of Douglas County PUD and both Douglas and Chelan PUD’s have looked at climate change as a point of irritation rather than an issue of concern.
If Brad wants to think about all of the people in the district and all that makes North Central Washington special he better think about issues that may not be critical now but may be potentially devastating to people and our area in the future. Brad needs to forget party politics and be honest with actions that will maintain the people, jobs and property he represents. I’m glad that Brad is thinking of service but I fear that for him service is probably defined as work authorized by the Republican Party to further the Republican Party agenda rather than what is really beneficial for all the people in the 12th District, the State and the World. I remain hopeful that at some point in the future at least one Representative in the 12th District will serve all of the people and not work toward centralizing power for one political party.