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Listen to Erin Frasier’s Pre-Primary Interview with KXRO

"Erin Frasier is running for Representative of the 19th Legislative District, representing Grays Harbor, Pacific County, and Southwest Washington. We spoke to Erin about her platform and why she is running. KXRO has extended an invitation to any and all candidate to come on to the KXRO Morning Show for a live interview as a free way to promote their candidacy."

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Erin Frasier’s Interview with KXRO Newsradio

“Pe Ell resident Erin Frasier has announced that she will be running for a seat as 19th District Representative.

Frasier, a Democrat, says she will challenge Republican Jim Walsh

Frasier says that she has received support from Senator Dean Takko, Rep. Brian Blake, Aberdeen mayor Erik Larson, and others.

We sat down with Frasier to let her introduce herself to the region.”

-KXRO Newsradio

 

Willapa Harbor Herald
Erin Frasier announces bid to unseat Walsh

By Jeff Clemens

Former Raymond resi­dent and life long southwest Washington native Erin Frasier has announced she will be running as a Demo­crat for the 19th District State Representative seat against current representa­tive Jim Walsh.

The Herald was able to secure an interview with her and appreciate that she took time out of her busy schedule and family time to visit with us to talk about the campaign, her professional experience, and what she can bring to the table as a potential State Representative.

Frasier grew up in Pe Ell on her family’s farm as well as graduated from Pe Ell High School in 1997. While in school she played several sports and was involved with many community civic activities.

“I was very involved with Key Club which is the youth part of the Kiwanis,” Frasier stated. “We did a lot of district wide activities with most being community service.”

After graduating from high school Frasier went off to several different colleges earning both a Bachelor and Masters degree from Portland State University. She recently finished a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership just over a year ago from Brandman University.

“It’s really kind of a broad degree, said Frasier. “It’s really about ensuring you engage all the voices and stakeholders. So it’s been a really big profes­sional development piece for me to help communi­cate.”

She continued, “It had a lot of focus on change man­agement, project manage­ment, and how you engage all of the stakeholders. How you ensure our voices and that everyone is apart of the process. I have also done many smaller certifications or continuing education courses. I don’t think I’ve ever really stopped wanting to do the next thing.”

“I think one of my core values is lifelong education and lifelong learning in lots of different respects not in just different degrees or certifications,” Frasier stat­ed. “I just really believe we all are going to have to learn things and we will never ever know everything. It’s just really important to me to keep learning and learn­ing as I move forward.”

Frasier is a part of the Swiss community and has served on the Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society board as their secretary and currently as their vice president. Her family has been lifelong members of the society and are active in all their events.

Frasier and her fam­ily lived in Raymond for just over ten years before recently moving back to Pe Ell to their family farm. She formerly worked for Grays Harbor College as a faculty member, student advisor, program adminis­trator, and as the Director of their Pacific County Pro­gramming overseeing the campuses in both Raymond and Ilwaco.

Frasier lastly served as the Associate Dean of Workforce Educations for the College.

“I was able to do a lot of community based stuff and it was really a good job to have,” she said. “Really the community colleges are so connected to the commu­nity that you get to do such a huge variety of things.”

Frasier was also able to assist the launch of the Teen Advocacy Coalition and served as the Coali­tion’s president for quite some time. Also serving on the Pacific County Youth Alliance Board and the Pacific County Economic Development Council.

“I think with my com­munity work and with what I did while at the college everything kind of fits in that space between education and economic development,” Frasier stated.

“It’s kind of a space that not many people think about all the interconnected pieces that are there.”

She continued, “I really wanna help people reach their full potential. I really think that’s the foundation of our economic development because if we don’t have a strong workforce that has strong families and strong communities, then we don’t have a stable foundation for our economy.”

Currently Frasier works for the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges which is very similar to her prior work at Grays Harbor College.

A lot of the focus of her current position is access to public education for low income populations and currently she works around the federal policy that oversees state policy.

“It’s been exciting and a good learning adventure, but I think my biggest, well the hardest thing was removing myself from the community and is definitely one of the big reasons I decided to run,” stated Frasier. “I feel more comfortable and I think I can have a better impact being more directly connected to the communities.”

She continued, “As a state representative, just foundationally, I believe I can actually represent this community. I mean I am a product of this community and I share a lot of the values of this community. I feel my education has given me the skills to be able to be that facilitator of dialog. I feel the key really is ensuring all voices are heard so that we can work together to get the outcomes that we need for rural areas especially.”

When asked about what her main goals that she would like to achieve if elected she tell us, “ Some of my goals are focused on ensuring that we get the resources we need for rural communities for all aspects. Whether its education, health care, just a real focus on equitable access for the people of southwest Washington.”

She continued, “Focusing on education, the entire pipeline I think we’ve done a great job of re-focusing our efforts on K-12 and ensuring we’re adequately supporting K-12. But, I think we need to make sure we’re not leaving out early childhood education and post-secondary education. If we don’t have a strong education pipeline we’re not actually helping people get ahead.”

Frasier admits that while a lot of attention has been focused on the importance and need for funding of education. It is time to focus on other areas.

“Our state budget is primarily K-12 so as we start putting more and more there,” Frasier stated. “It has to come from somewhere and we need to talk about it. Law enforcement and ensuring safety for the public, access to health care, and supporting our community hospitals are all a big concern. My goal is to make sure we are supporting all people not just resources so that each person has the ability to reach their full potential.”

Since announcing her intention to run on Dec. 11, the reception from local communities has been overwhelmingly positive and many local officials have given her early endorsements. Frasier is ready to make a difference in the local communities where she has grown up.

Growing up in a small town in southwest Washington and living here her entire life has given Frasier great insight into what our local communities need. Her strong background makes her a tough challenger for current 19th District Representative Jim Walsh. The future looks exciting and the race for the Representative seat should be a good one.

Pacific County Press
Lifelong SW Washington resident Erin Frasier to run for State Representative in District 19

Erin Frasier, a workforce development leader, educator and mother of two whose family has farmed in rural Lewis County for four generations has announced that she will run for the State House of Representatives in District 19. Frasier, a Democrat who will challenge Republican Jim Walsh, enters the race with the support of State Senator Dean Takko, State Rep. Brian Blake, Pacific County Commissioner Frank Wolfe, and local elected leaders from Aberdeen, Long Beach, Elma, Ilwaco and Raymond.

“I am running because to help hard working families in Southwest Washington we must invest in the people and communities that make this region special,” said Frasier, who is making her first run for public office. “My core values reflect the priorities of our communities – education, innovation, individual choice and focusing on how we help people succeed as a foundation for a strong economy.”

Frasier’s professional career includes nearly a decade at Grays Harbor College, teaching, supporting students and helping develop programs to assist workers in a changing economy. For the past two years, she has translated those hands-on skills to statewide workforce training and program management with the State Board for Washington Community and Technical Colleges.

Frasier was motivated to run by what she sees as a failure in both Olympia and Washington DC to make smart investments in workers and communities.

“We must do better to help workers, small business and rural communities succeed, a priority too often ignored by partisan politicians eager to reward wealthy donors at the expense of working people,” said Frasier. “Leveling the playing field means we view education and workforce development as investments, not costs, and we view people as our greatest assets. If we raise up people we positively impact communities and the economy.”

Frasier was raised on a family dairy turned cattle ranch outside of Pe Ell in Lewis County and graduated valedictorian from Pe Ell High School. She and her husband, an elementary school teacher, and their two daughters returned to the farm after years living in Pacific County. Her great-grandparents settled in the area from Switzerland, and her parents still reside on the farm.

“My girls are the fifth generation of our family to learn the important values of hard work and respect for the land,” said Frasier. “We have a unique and special quality of life in this part of Washington rooted in our landscapes, the farms and forests, shorelines and Main Streets, that we must protect for ourselves, and future generations.”

When elected, I’ll be a leader who applies real experience and proven commitment to making sure we build the economy we deserve without sacrificing the way of life we love,” said Frasier. “By working for common sense policies that help real people, we can invest in our schools, our communities and our future.”

In addition to her career in workforce training and development, Frasier is an active community volunteer, serving on numerous boards and commissions including the State’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, and having served several years with the Dispute Resolution Center of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, and the Pacific County Economic Development Council. She is also active in the Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society and helped launch the Pacific County Teen Advocacy Coalition.

The Daily World
Pe Ell’s Erin Frasier announces bid for 19th District seat held by Aberdeen Republican Jim Walsh

An educator involved in workforce development and a mother of two from Pe Ell has announced her bid for the state House of Representatives in the 19th District for the seat currently held by Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen. Democrat Erin Frasier announced her intent to run on Monday. This is the first time she has pursued public office. “I am running because to help hard working families in Southwest Washington we must invest in the people and communities that make this region special,” Frasier said in a press release. “My core values reflect the priorities of our communities — education, innovation, individual choice and focusing on how we help people succeed as a foundation for a strong community.” Frasier has worked for nearly 10 years at Grays Harbor College and has worked with the State Board for Washington Community and Technical Colleges for the past two years. According to a press release, she decided to run because of what she sees as failures in both Olympia and Washington, D.C., when it comes to smart investments in workers and communities, stating that big corporations and the wealthy receive a larger share of tax cuts and growth than they need and that she believes that money should benefit all Americans. “We must do better to help workers, small business and rural communities succeed — a priority too often ignored by partisan politicians eager to reward wealthy donors at the expense of working people,” Frasier said. “Leveling the playing field means we view education and workforce development as investments, not costs, and we view people as our greatest assets. If we raise up people we positively impact communities and the economy.” Frasier will attempt to unseat Walsh, who was elected to the 19th District in the November 2016 election. During the primary election, Walsh and Democrat Teresa Purcell rose to the top of the five candidates vying for the seat. Walsh beat Purcell by 559 votes, becoming the first Republican to hold the seat in decades. Walsh, who told The Chronicle he will be running again in 2018, said he is a conservative voice for rural Washington. His priorities center around property rights, education and jobs. He also has been vocal in his opposition to what he sees as overreaches by various state agencies. “State agency bureaucrats have been choking economic development in our area by the abuse of permitting processes, and I’ve been battling that as long as I’ve been in office and even before,” Walsh said. “Education is great, but what we need are the jobs to pay family wages to provide the economic activity for this area.” He has opposed the state Department of Ecology’s “unlawful interpretation” of the SEPA process, “erroneous and overreaching administration actions” on behalf of the state Department of Natural Resources, and some of the actions of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, which he says is “out of control.” “There’s one person who has been a strong voice against the Department of Ecology, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and DNR’s overreach, and that’s me,” he said. Frasier, who is endorsed by state Sen. Dean Takko and Rep. Brian Blake — both Democrats in the 19th District — has other endorsements from county and city elected officials and school board members, among others. Walsh stated he is not concerned about the endorsements because the majority come from “partisan left people,” he said. He stated speaker of the house Frank Chopp, a “liberal Seattle power broker,” has also endorsed Frasier, although he did not appear on a list of early endorsements provided by Frasier. Walsh expects other Democrats to join the race for his seat. Frasier was raised on a family dairy turned cattle ranch outside of Pe Ell and graduated valedictorian from the high school, according to the press release. Her husband is an elementary school teacher and their two daughters have returned to the farm after living in Pacific County. According to the release, her great-grandparents settled in the area from Switzerland, and her parents still reside on the farm. “My girls are the fifth generation of our family to learn the important values of hard work and respect for the land,” Frasier said. “We have a unique and special quality of life in this part of Washington rooted in our landscapes — the farms and forests, shorelines and main streets — that we must protect for ourselves and future generations.” Frasier said that if she is elected, she’ll be a leader “who applies real experience and proven commitment to make sure we build the economy we deserve without sacrificing the way of life we love. By working for common sense policies that help real people, we can invest in our schools, our communities and our future.” Aside from her career in workforce training and development, Frasier is a community volunteer who serves on numerous boards and commissions, including the state’s Interagency Council on Homeless. She has also served for several years with the Dispute Resolution Center of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties and the Pacific County Economic Development Council, is active in the Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society and helped launch the Pacific County Teen Advocacy Coalition, according to the release. … Read More

The Daily News
Lewis County native announces bid for 19th District seat

Erin Frasier, a Lewis County native, has become the first Democrat to announce a bid to unseat 19th District Rep. Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen) next year.
Frasier, who works in education and workforce development, is originally from Pe Ell, where she was born and raised on a family dairy that eventually turned into a cattle ranch. She still lives in her hometown with her husband and two children.
This is Frasier’s first campaign for public office. The sprawling 19th District includes Kelso and the rest of Cowlitz County west of the Cowlitz River, all of Wahkiakum and Pacific counties and parts of Lewis and Grays Harbor counties.
Frasier says her deep local roots and experience partnering with business and industry would make her an ideal representative for the region in the state’s House of Representatives.
“I feel like I have a foundational connection to the values of this district,” she told The Daily News.
The 39-year-old spent 10 years working at Grays Harbor College after earning a doctorate in education and organizational leadership from Brandman University in California. She also holds a master’s degree in international relations from Portland State University.
Frasier has worked for the State Board for Washington Community and Technical colleges for the past two years, where she oversees workforce training programs. Some of that work involves federal and state policy aimed at improving education opportunities for low-income populations, she said.
“I want to primarily focus on ensuring that we help people reach their full potential as the foundations of economic development,” she said.
As a state lawmaker, Frasier said she would focus on improving all aspects of education. She said she supports efforts to adequately fund K-12 education, but she also wants to address early childhood education and postsecondary education. Frasier said she would also work to provide alternative career pathways to students who don’t want to pursue a four-year university degree.
“We need that entire pipeline, not just a piece of it, to be successful,” she said.
Frasier said one of the things that sets her apart from her opponent — aside from being born and raised in the district — is her focus on people.
“We have a huge skills gap in our state, and we are not going to solve that by another tax break,” she said.
However, Frasier said she’s also sensitive to what many in Southwest Washington view as a tedious and opaque permitting process.
The state Department of Ecology recently denied key permits for Millennium Bulk Terminals’ $680 million coal terminal in Longview, and the Shorelines Hearings board withdrew a shorelines permit for Northwest Innovation Works’ $1.8 billion Kalama methanol plant.
“When we talk about permitting processes, they’re a little out of control and we shouldn’t have to wait so long for responses,” she said.
Frasier has already won nearly two dozen endorsements from groups and individuals, including the 19th Legislative District’s Sen. Dean Takko (D-Longview) and Rep. Brian Blake (D-Aberdeen).
Meanwhile, Walsh said in an interview that he’s not surprised he’s already drawn a challenger and expects one or two more candidates to join the race. This will be his first re-election campaign after narrowly beating Democratic challenger Teresa Purcell by 559 votes last November. He was the first Republican elected from the 19th District in decades.
Walsh said he’ll also be focused on jobs and education during the campaign.
With another legislative session approaching, Walsh said he’s also intent on finding a way to ensure Ecology leaves politics out of its permitting decisions — either by directly engaging with the agency or using the legislative process to reform it.
“It’s important that they focus within the four corners of the permitting process, and that they’re not snatching issues out of the ether that have nothing to do with the law,” he said.
Walsh said he’s not worried about a political climate that could be particularly unfriendly to Republicans in next year’s midterms.
“The 19th District is its own creature, and I don’t think the conventional wisdom of other places applies,” he said. “We kind of do our own thing.”
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The Chronicle
Pe Ell’s Erin Frasier Announces Bid for 19th District Seat Held by Jim Walsh

An educator involved in workforce development and a mother of two from Pe Ell has announced her bid for the state House of Representatives in the 19th District for the seat currently held by Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen. Democrat Erin Frasier announced her intent to run on Monday. This is the first time she has pursued public office. … Read More