Monthly Archives: May 2020

This website will be static until November

May 7th, 2020|

Due to election-year restrictions, I am not allowed to update my website from May 11 until after the November elections. However, I am still available to respond to your needs and concerns.

If you have a legislative matter to discuss, you may email me at kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov, or email my legislative assistant, Peter Steelquist, at peter.steelquist@leg.wa.gov, or call my cell at (360) 477-9661 or Peter at my district office phone number, 360-809-4054. Though the Capitol Campus is shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are teleworking and we check all email regularly.

This website will become active again after the election.

Until then, take care and stay safe,

Get COVID-19 updates at coronavirus.wa.gov and esd.wa.gov

May 7th, 2020|

Since election-year restrictions prevent me from updating my website during the campaign season, I am unable to post updates on the coronavirus pandemic until after the November election.

If at any time you would like to check for updates on the pandemic and related matters, www.coronavirus.wa.gov is the best all-purpose resource and esd.wa.gov. is the best source for questions about employment options and business operations. These comprehensive sites have links to a wide range of topics and are updated regularly. In particular, people with work-related questions are likely to find answers far more quickly at esd.wa.gov than if they telephone the Employment Security Department, as their phone center has been receiving calls far beyond their capacity to respond.

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    Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman request Clallam County reopening

Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman request Clallam County reopening

May 5th, 2020|

Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim) and Reps. Steve Tharinger (Port Townsend) and Mike Chapman (D-Port Angeles) today asked Gov. Jay Inslee to extend the same pandemic reopening opportunities to Clallam County that Grays Harbor and Jefferson counties have received.

The three 24th Legislative District lawmakers sent a letter to Inslee voicing appreciation for his leadership in prioritizing public safety and in developing a 4-tier plan for reopening businesses in communities across the state. Grays Harbor and Jefferson counties have been authorized to implement Phase 2 of that plan.

The lawmakers’ letter points out that Clallam County has seen comparatively few transmissions of COVID-19 and that its small businesses “are much better prepared to implement safe social distancing than big box retailers.”

Two of the county’s larger businesses employ 300 and 200 workers, respectively, accounting for 500 family-wage jobs that the community call ill afford to lose, and are among area businesses that “are ready to implement aggressive safety and health practices but need permission to return to some scale of production in order to stay in business,” the letter notes.

Clallam County has the second highest unemployment rate in the state, and further job losses “would have devastating long-term consequences to our area,” the lawmakers wrote.