Advocacy

A primary role of The Arc of the Peninsulas is to serve as an advocate for improved quality of life for all individuals with developmental disabilities. The Arc communicates with local, state, and national lawmakers so they can make informed decisions regarding the well being of Washington’s citizens with developmental disabilities. The Arc works diligently to preserve basic human rights and to assure that necessary programs and services are available.

 

Through individual, group, and systems advocacy, The Arc promotes opportunities for living, learning, playing and working in the community.

 

Read the latest The Arc United States governmental affairs information and Washington State governmental affairs information to stay informed on issues of concern. See the Arc website for information.

 

The Arc of Washington (www.arcwa.org)

The Arc of the United States (www.thearc.org)

 

Contacting Your Legislators

 

When and why you should contact a legislator or local official?...

It's a good idea to know who to contact and how to contact your legislator or local officials. Click on the links below and you'll be presented with a list of all your state legislators in Kitsap and Jefferson Counties.

 

Budget issues affecting services for the developmentally disabled require our constant attention, and your help and support. Your voice matters!

As a member of The Arc of the Peninsulas, we'll endeavor to keep you abreast of these issues as they arise. However, the issues won't go away just because we keep you informed. You need to join with us in keeping close contacts with those that have influence over the outcome of these issues.

 

 

State Government

 

Governors Office

Governor Jay Inslee

Office of the Governor

PO Box 40002

Olympia, WA 98504-0002

Call 360-902-4111

http://www.governor.wa.gov/

23rd Legislative District (http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/displaydistrict/23)

Represents part of Kitsap County, including Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Kingston, Silverdale, Winslow and East Bremerton.

Senator Christine Rolfes

Democratic Assistant Floor Leader

 

233 John A. Cherberg Building

PO Box 40423

Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 786 – 7644

 

http://sdc.wastateleg.org/rolfes/

 

 

Rep. Sherry Appleton

Local Government (Chair)

 

132F Legislative Building

PO Box 40600

Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 786 – 7934

 

Sherry.Appleton@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Drew Hansen

Higher Education (Chair)

 

369 John L. O'Brien Building

PO Box 40600

Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 786 – 7842

 

Drew.Hansen@leg.wa.gov

24th Legislative District (http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/displaydistrict/24)

Represents Clallam and Jefferson Counties and part of Grays Harbor County including Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Forks, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam and McCleary. 

Senator Kevin Van De Wege

 

212 John A. Cherberg Building

PO Box 40424

Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 786 - 7646

 

http://sdc.wastateleg.org/vandewege/

Rep.  Mike Chapman

Assistant Majority Whip

 

132B Legislative Building

PO Box 40600

Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 786 - 7916

  

Mike.Chapman@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Steve Tharinger

Capital Budget (Chair)

 

314 John L. O'Brien Building

PO Box 40600

Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 786 – 7904

  

Steve.Tharinger@leg.wa.gov

26th Legislative District (http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/displaydistrict/26)

Represents parts of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Major Cities: Port Orchard, Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula and Bremerton.

Senator Emily Randall

Health & Long Term Care (Vice Chair)

 

416 Legislative Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0403
(360) 786-7650

 

http://sdc.wastateleg.org/randall/

Rep. Jesse Young

 

422 John L. O'Brien Building

PO Box 40600

Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 786 – 7964

 

Jesse.Young@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Michelle Caldier

 

409 John L. O'Brien Building

PO Box 40600

Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 786 - 7802

 

Michelle.Caldier@leg.wa.gov

35th Legislative District (http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/displaydistrict/35)

Represents Mason County and part of Kitsap and Thurston Counties including Shelton, Grapeview and Belfair.

Senator Tim Sheldon

President Pro Tempore

 

312 Legislative Building

PO Box 40435

Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 786 – 7668

 

http://timsheldon.src.wastateleg.org/

Rep. Dan Griffey

Minority Whip

 

410 John L. O'Brien Building

PO Box 40600

Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 786 – 7966

 

Dan.Griffey@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Drew MacEwen

Appropriations (Ranking)

 

434 John L. O'Brien Building

PO Box 40600

Olympia, WA 98504

(360) 786 – 7902

 

Drew.MacEwen@leg.wa.gov

National Government

 

US Senators

Senator Patty Murray - http://murray.senate.gov/

Senator Maria Cantwell - http://cantwell.senate.gov/

United States Senate Home Page

 

US Representatives

Rep. Derek Kilmer - http://www.house.gov/kilmer/

United States House of Representatives Home Page

 

Office of the President

President Donald J. Trump - Whitehouse.gov

 

 

Support Advocacy

The rights of citizens with disabilities are the same as everyone else's. But they are often unable to articulate their needs or insist that their rights be protected. The Arc’s staff and volunteers make special efforts in advocacy situations. The Arc communicates with state and federal legislators regarding budgets, national issues, and legislation related to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

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The Arc of the Peninsulas

3243 N. Perry Avenue

Bremerton, WA 98310, United States

(360) 377-3473 | info@penarc.org

 

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