Candidate Profile
Peter Abbarno

Republican , Washington


Peter Abbarno
State Rep., Dist. 20 - Pos. 1

Panel Rating*

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*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.


Andrew Barkis, Doug Ericksen, Ed Orcutt, John Braun


Associated General Contractors of Washington Build PAC, Jim Walsh, JT Wilcox, Mainstream Republicans of Washington, Richard DeBolt, *Washington State Farm Bureau PAC

Reported by Candidate

State Sen. John Braun, State Rep. Ed Orcutt, State Rep. Richard DeBolt, State Rep. Jim Walsh, House Republican Leader JT Wilcox, Associated General Contrators of WA

Selected Contributions


Bill Bryant (2016), Jim Walsh (2018), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019)


Washington State Association for Justice (2020)
Washington State Association for Justice (2020)







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

(Did not answer)

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I believe human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

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Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

There are too many unsustainable programs created by government. I believe we need to find a pathway to a balanced budget. Government overspending and deficit spending has made our country vulnerable.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.


Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

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Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.


I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Over the years, this has been not been interpreted properly. Today, too many people believe the 1st amendment is a restriction. The 1st amendment is not a restriction to the exercise of religion but the pathway to freely exercise religion.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Access to quality and affordable healthcare begins with competition in the marketplace. Patients deserve choices in care.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

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I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.


State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

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Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

I support legal immigration.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe my spiritual beliefs and values are described though acts, not words. My family loves giving back to the community through organizations that help the community, and people living in it, better.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I encourage voters to visit to find the issues validating my political and policy positions.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I am a small business owner and attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP in Centralia and Olympia; but most importantly, I am a husband and father.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Peter Abbarno is a small business owner and attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP (Centralia and Olympia); but most importantly, Peter is a husband and father. Peter lives in Centralia with his wife Holly (Hawes), a math teacher at Centralia Middle School, and their two children Sophia and Antonio. Peter is deeply involved in our community and volunteers regularly with his church, Bethel-Chehalis, and in local schools. In 2018, readers of the Daily Chronicle voted Peter as the “Best Volunteer” in Lewis County. In 2019, Peter received the “Economic Development Leadership Award” from the Lewis Economic Development Council, received the “Human Rights Award” from the Church Women United organization, and was voted the “Best Elected Official” in Lewis County. This year, Peter was honored to be named the “Person of the Year” by the Daily Chronicle editorial board.

Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

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Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

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2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

(Did not answer)

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Enforcing current laws and preventing guns from being possessed by violent and repeat criminals should be priority and can be accomplished without infringing on the rights of law abiding and responsible gun owners.

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

(Did not answer)

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

(Did not answer)

The Electoral College should be abolished.


In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1) Economic Recovery and Rebuilding 2) Housing/Homelessness 3) Education

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Yes, racism is a threat to our security. Our country, state, county, community should judge people by the content of their character, not color of their skin. Racism, divides our country and makes us less secure to domestic and foreign influence.


  • State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, BA, 1997
  • Vermont Law School, South Royalton, JD, 2008
  • University of Washington Law School, Seattle, LLM, 2009
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Centralia College Foundation, President
  • Hub City Mission, Volunteer
  • WATCH D.O.G.S. (Centralia School District), Volunteer
  • Lewis Economic Development Council, Boardmember
  • Centralia Back To School Supply Drive, President
  • W.F. West High School (Chehalis), Mentor
  • Morton High School (Morton), Mentor
  • Lewis County Bar Legal Aid, Volunteer (past President)
  • Centralia City Councilmember, Held 5

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