Fain files for re-election

Auburn Reporter

State Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn) formally filed paperwork Monday morning with King County Elections to seek re-election.

Fain said that he takes great pride in the opportunity to represent the 47th Legislative District and with the support of his wife, Steffanie, is ready to work on the district's behalf for another term in Olympia.

During his first term in office, Fain worked to change the way Olympia operates. By prioritizing education and demanding responsible budgets, Fain's efforts succeeded in bringing an end to the state's billion-dollar deficits while prioritizing existing resources for students without raising taxes.

Last year, Fain led a successful effort to add more than $1 billion directly into Washington's K-12 education system while holding tuition flat at state colleges and universities for the first time in 25 years.

Fain is also a founding trustee of the Auburn Public Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to enhance programs for Auburn School District students and make those programs accessible for all students.

Fain has also been a champion for individuals with developmental disabilities. His work on behalf of supported employment programs in South King County has helped provide jobs and job training to countless members of the disability community.

In 2012, Fain was honored by the ARC of King County as an Emerging Leader on Developmental Disability Issues for his work in support of the state's "employment first" policy. During the 2014 session Fain helped pass legislation that will move thousands of families off of a waiting list and into services they desperately need.

Fain has also worked to support small businesses while helping to grow job opportunities in South King County. Fain's legislation to add workforce training slots at local community and technical colleges, and his work to grow aerospace employment in Washington, earned him the recognition of Legislator of the Year by the state's aerospace manufacturers.

'True leader'

"Senator Fain has been a true leader for Washington's aerospace industry," said Linda Lanham of Kent, the executive director of Washington's Aerospace Futures Alliance. "We appreciate the work he has done not only in Olympia but throughout the Puget Sound. His willingness to personally connect with companies in our region to learn about the issues that are important to them has been invaluable."

Prior to Fain's election to the State Senate in 2010, he was Chief of Staff to King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer. He has worked in all three branches of King County government, most recently as a trial prosecutor with King County's District Court Unit in Seattle, which is primarily responsible for DUI prosecution.

Fain has already earned prominent endorsements from local elected leaders, public safety organizations, and education champions throughout the State of Washington. Recently, the Kent and Valley Firefighter Unions, the Washington State Troopers Association, and every member of the Auburn City Council endorsed Fain's re-election bid.

Learn more about the campaign and Fain at www.votefain.com or email him directly at joe@votefain.com.