On Tuesday, I blogged that Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey will make a run for the 27th District House seat being vacated by Rep. Dennis Flannigan.
Fey today issued the following press release making his legislative bid official.
Deputy Mayor of Tacoma to run for seat in the Washington State Legislature
Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Deputy Mayor, Jake Fey, today formally announced his candidacy for the Washington State Legislature.
Fey seeks to represent the 27th Legislative District in Position 1 – to succeed retiring Rep. Dennis Flannigan.
“During his years in Olympia, Rep. Flannigan did a great job representing the 27th District,” said Fey. “He successfully championed transportation issues, and I would like to carry on that tradition and continue to provide a strong voice on key issues impacting our community,” Fey added. “I also believe that more deliberate action can be taken by lawmakers to create new jobs and economic growth in Tacoma and the State of Washington.”
Fey stressed that his policy making experience locally – and his active and varied community involvement over the past 30 years – will help him to hit the ground running. “My elected experience and community involvement is important because it will give me an informed and compassionate perspective to carry to Olympia,” he said. “The 27th District needs another strong and effective voice in our state’s capital.”
Fey was first elected to the Tacoma City Council in 2005, and was unopposed in his reelection bid in 2009. He is currently Tacoma’s Deputy Mayor. Fey serves as a member of the Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board. He also represents the City of Tacoma on the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board, the Pierce Transit Board and the Sound Transit Board. He has also served as the Washington State University Extension Energy Program Director since 2001.
Fey recognized the importance of connecting with residents in the District, saying, “I have long been committed to the citizens of the 27th Legislative District as a representative, a volunteer and a neighbor. I look forward to getting out into the community, knocking on doors, and listening to the concerns of every citizen in the District.”
Fey’s volunteer work included chairing Tacoma’s Public Utility Board. He has also served as President of First Place for Children, as an Executive Committee Member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, President of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and as an Advisory Committee Member of the American Heart Association.
Fey has already received endorsements from a diverse group of community leaders, including Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and fellow Tacoma City Council Members Spiro Manthou, Victoria Woodwards, and Marty Campbell. In addition, Tacoma School Board Member Kurt Miller, Environmental Leader Bryan Flint, University of Washington Board of Regents Chair Herb Simon, Community Business Leaders Ray Tennison and Dave McEntee, State Senator Derek Kilmer, and Human Services Advocate Becky Fontaine each already publically endorsed Fey.
Fey feels that, “The array of people who have already come out to support me shows that I have the ability to represent all residents of the 27th Legislative District as I work to solve the most pressing challenges facing the people of Washington State.”
The 27th Legislative District includes Northeast Tacoma, downtown Tacoma, North Tacoma, East Tacoma, Hilltop, the Port of Tacoma, the Town of Ruston, and a portion of the city of Fife.