Yanah G. Cook has lived in unicorporated Pierce County for nearly 29 years. She is a small business owner since 1995, with offices in both Pierce and Thurston Counties. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Small Business Caucus of Washington. She lives and tends to her micro-farm in rural McKenna with her family and beloved German Shepherd Dakota.
Yanah has a long history of public service, including working nearly two decades for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympic Region in Contracts and Right-of-Way. As an employee representative, she was also the co-coordinator of annual fundraising for the Combined Fund Drive and the Well Fed, Well Read programs.
Yanah is a strong advocate for her neighbors in Pierce County. She has worked on numerous campaigns that support school levies, fire levies and associated bonds. Each legislative session she works to pursue lowering the Washington Business & Occupation Tax as an advocate for legislation benefiting business owners in our district. She has also volunteered registering and educating voters, and especially looks forward every year to the Pierce County and Washington State Fairs where she visits with voters of all ages and opinion. Four years ago, Yanah was elected as a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO), a position she still holds in Precinct 2-145 today. For the past three years, she has represented the 2nd Legislative District as their State Committee Member and in early 2019 her passion for her community prompted her to become the first ever Volunteer Lobbyist for the 2nd Legislative District in Pierce County.
A longtime supporter of our first responders, Yanah began attending Fire District Commission meetings where she heard concerns at the time over the district’s lack of safety apparel and fire equipment. This, coupled with feedback about low morale among firefighters, prompted her to run for South Pierce Fire Commissioner in 2017. During that campaign, she traveled the 142 square miles with the Fire Chief as they visited the Fire District’s eight substations and learned firsthand about the safety needs of Fire District 17. Although another candidate prevailed in that campaign, these efforts deepened Yanah’s connection and commitment to the her community.
Do you know what are the main concerns of residents in our area? As she canvassed her community and knocked on doors in the past few years, Yanah learned people are concerned about their water rights, property improvement permitting, over development without regard to infrastructure needs, the lack of well-kept roads, bumper to bumper commutes and traffic bottlenecks. Some traffic problems, especially in the urban areas, can hinder emergency response teams. And public transportation? People are frustrated that there is no public transportation access for the rural and semi-urban community. These are serious issues among many. This is why she wants to continue serving people by becoming a Pierce County Council Member. She believes we all need a voice and a seat at the table.