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.