South Sound leaders get look at Legislature

Federal Way Mirror

Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, hosted the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound on Wednesday at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.

The group heard from elected officials and legislative leaders, toured the capitol campus and experienced how an idea becomes a law.

The program prepares local business people, government officials and community members for civic and professional leadership opportunities throughout South King County.

“Every year I’m impressed by the many talented people who are interested in sharing those talents and passion to better our community,” said Fain, who represents South King County in the state Senate. “Whether they’re involved in a community group, business or serve in local government it’s helpful for them to know and be able to teach others how to navigate state government.”

During the morning session the group heard from Fain, who hosted the group in Olympia for the fourth consecutive year. They also had the opportunity to visit with multiple officials who oversee the many steps required to pass legislation.

During the afternoon session the group listened to Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Washington State Treasurer Jim McIntire.

“I was impressed with what Sen. Fain had to say about the public availing themselves to the voting process by staying involved in the system, engaged in the process and voting,” said Michael Jackson, development director for Auburn Youth Resources and a member of the Leadership Institute. “Otherwise the majority in the middle will be left out and the extremes will be elected.”