South King County Mayors Unanimously Endorse Senator Fain’s Re-election Bid

Covington-Maple Valley Reporter

In an unprecedented move, South King County mayors representing every city whose communities touch the 47th Legislative District have united to endorse Joe Fain for re-election to the Washington State Senate.

Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell and Renton Mayor Denis Law joined the mayors of Kent, Auburn, and Covington in strong support for Senator Fain’s continued service to our communities.

“Senator Fain is a legislative champion for our city and region,” said Mayor Nancy Backus of Auburn. “From his leadership on quality, well-funded education to his nationally groundbreaking success on issues impacting women and new families, we are blessed to have Joe working on our behalf.”

The Mayors join a growing list of endorsers including a majority of local city council representatives from the region including Kent City Councilmembers— Satwinder Kaur, Brenda Fincher, Dennis Higgins, Bill Boyce, Toni Troutner and Les Thomas —Auburn’s Yolanda Trout, Bill Peloza, John Holman, Bob Baggett and Claude Dacorsi— and Covington’s Margaret Harto, Joe Cimaomo and Fran Hollums among many other city councilmembers and local and state officials.

“As our country navigates this difficult, politically contentious time, it has never been more important to support effective leaders who work across the aisle,” said Mayor Jeff Wagner of Covington. “Democrats and Republicans respect and support Joe because he is a proven problem solver. He works hard, treats people with respect, and listens to everyone. I also appreciate Joe’s commitment to family — his own, and to finding steps we can take to strengthen all families. We need more servant leaders like Joe representing our community.”

Senator Fain has a rich history of bipartisan legislative accomplishment, including his nationally-recognized work on family leave, support for people with disabilities and their families, traffic congestion relief, funding of public education, balanced budget reforms, and protecting people’s right to free speech.

Many nonpartisan organizations have recognized Fain for his work – including, Legislator of the Year by the Humane Society for his work fighting animal cruelty; and the Sunshine Award from the League of Women Voters, and the Ballard-Thompson Award from the Coalition for Open Government for his work to preserve transparency and protect public access to government records.

Senator Fain has also been locally commended for his work on education by the Kent PTA, by the Auburn Area and Kent Chambers of Commerce for his small business advocacy, and has been celebrated as public official of the year by the Kent and Covington-Maple Valley Reporter newspapers several years in a row.

In recent years, Fain has served as a King County deputy prosecutor, taught political science classes at Highline College, worked in economic development with the University of Washington’s center for innovation and commercialization, and practiced law as an attorney focusing on health law and strategy.

Senator Fain was first elected in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014 with 64% of the vote, the highest percentage earned in a contested partisan race in modern 47th District history.

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