From former WA State Representative Rob Chase
My 4th District seat mate, Rep. Bob McCaslin and I introduced legislation in 2021 to form a new state in East Washington, however it did not receive a hearing, nor did any of the other 16 bills I introduced due to there being a substantial Democrat majority in Olympia.
Now that I am in an activist role, I believe I have much more power to bringing this issue of a New State in East Washington to fruition. It isn’t easy to do, but it can be done. In fact, it is my intention to bring this issue as far as I can in the next two years until we can deduce whether a majority of We the People of East Washington want a new state, or not. If we do, then we will proceed, if not, we will continue to be governed from Olympia.
Article 4 Section 3 of the United States Constitution is the road map to forming a new state. The primary reason for separation is there is a woeful lack of representation at the State Level for residents of East Washington, that is, those 20 Counties that are east of the Cascade Mountain Range. The majority of voters in WA State can be seen with the naked eye from the Space Needle in three counties; King, Pierce, and Snohomish. This is the tail that wags the dog.
If we can decentralize to form our own State we would have our own Executor, Legislature, Judiciary, Two United States Senators, and like a new wineskin for new wine we would have our own State Constitution that would reflect East Washington values. We would enjoy freedom of association and representation which are endemic to the original Declaration of Independence.
There have been other attempts in the past but they foundered since the timing was not right. I believe now is the time to organize County Chapters and make it happen. It is not easy to do, but it can be done. This should be a grass roots movement and not top down. I would love to visit each of the Counties in East Washington and share my knowledge of how this can be done. Please sign up to be a part of this effort through this website if you agree with me, and we can start together.
Rob Chase – President
East Washington Statehood Foundation