Rep. Andrew Barkis honored by the Association of Washington Cities with the City Champion Award

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) recently awarded Rep. Andrew Barkis as one of their “city champions.” He was one of eight legislators acknowledged for championing city issues during the 2017 session. Barkis was specifically recognized for his advocacy for, and efforts toward, increasing the availability of affordable housing throughout the communities of the second district.

“I truly thank the Association of Washington Cities for this recognition. It reflects the relationships we build when collaboratively working on the big issues and our willingness to have the tough conversations. I look forward to the continued work we will do together,” said Barkis, R-Olympia. “Affordable housing is an issue I've spent my professional life working on. I am passionate about finding the right solutions to ensure everyone has access to housing. I will continue to work on finding new, bold, innovative and creative ideas to increase supply, remove the regulatory burdens driving up costs, and better financial resources.”

AWC is an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington's 281 cities and towns.

“Washington's cities are proud to present this award to Rep. Barkis for his work on ensuring local option tools for cities. We appreciate his commitment to ensuring that all communities around the state have a chance to address their own specific needs. He is a true champion for cities,” said Peter King, chief executive officer. “AWC is proud of his work in the Legislature to help make communities in his district, and across the state, prosper. Cities need champions like him in the Legislature.”

City Champion Awards are a component of AWC's Strong Cities, Great State campaign that brings cities and towns together to achieve greater results and deliver strong services. This is the fourth year the City Champion Award has been presented to legislators.


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