Washington state

Kennewick councilman recognized for advocacy efforts

Kennewick City Councilman Paul Parish has received an award from a state civic government association for his advocacy of the state’s Public Works Trust Fund program.

He is one of the first recipients of the Advocacy All-Star Reward from the Association of Washington Cities, a release said. The award was created to recognize city officials who have advocated for issues affecting their cities.

Parish has called on state lawmakers to preserve the trust fund program, created in 1984 to a provide low-interest loans for municipal infrastructure projects, as its helped pay for a number of projects in the Tri-Cities. The Legislature has diverted money for the program to help balance the state budget in recent years.

Parish will receive his award during the association’s annual conference on June 24 in Wenatchee.