June 25, 2018
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AWB's local legislative candidate interviews conclude with upcoming meetings in Yakima, Wenatchee and Mount Vernon

AWB kicked off its 2018 candidate interviews June 18 at the Olympia headquarters and continued with interviews in Auburn, Bellevue and Vancouver. The weeks-long process concludes with interviews today in Spokane, in Yakima tomorrow, Wenatchee on June 28 and the final meeting in Mount Vernon on July 2. All AWB members are invited to join in by attending their local interviews. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from candidates about the issues impacting employers.

The remaining interview locations are:

  •  June 26 in Yakima at the Yakima Chamber of Commerce (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  •  June 28 in Wenatchee at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce (9 a.m.-11 a.m.)
  •  July 2 in Mount Vernon at the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Contact AWB's Mike Ennis to learn more about how to become involved in the interview process.



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