State Sen. Joe Fain con­cedes to Demo­cratic chal­lenger Mona Das

The News Tribune - - Local - BY JOSEPH O’SUL­LI­VAN Seat­tle Times


In a tough cam­paign sea­son for King County Repub­li­cans and fac­ing a rape al­le­ga­tion, Wash­ing­ton state Sen. Joe Fain on Fri­day night con­ceded the 47th Dis­trict elec­tion to Demo­cratic chal­lenger Mona Das.

In Fri­day’s up­dated vote tally, Fain, a Re­pub­li­can from Auburn, trailed Das 50.5 per­cent to 49.5 per­cent.

In a Face­book post Fri­day, Fain con­grat­u­lated Das, de­scribed a re­ward­ing ca­reer in Olympia and called for more com­pro­mise in pol­i­tics.

“Dur­ing my time in of­fice, I tried to be a bridge be­tween par­ties and ide­olo­gies,” wrote Fain, who was first elected in 2010. “Our mod­ern po­lit­i­cal cul­ture cre­ates plenty of par­ti­san war­riors but far too few diplo­mats. For our state and coun­try to thrive, we must start lis­ten­ing to one an­other with open minds and open hearts.”

Nei­ther Fain nor Das re­sponded to re­quests for com­ment Fri­day.

In late Septem­ber, on the same day as the U.S. Se­nate hear­ing re­gard­ing as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Supreme Court nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh, Can­dace Faber tweeted that Fain raped her in 2007. Faber has said the rape hap­pened in a Wash­ing­ton, D.C., ho­tel room on the night she re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree from Ge­orge­town Uni­ver­sity.

Faber, who lives in Seat­tle, worked as a for­eignser­vice of­fi­cer and later in Seat­tle’s In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy De­part­ment.

Fain has de­nied the al­le­ga­tion, and both he and Faber — along with law­mak­ers in both par­ties and Gov.

Jay Inslee — have said they want an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

But with con­cerns about law-en­force­ment ju­ris­dic­tion, along with the tim­ing of the al­le­ga­tion, which came dur­ing the cam­paign, of­fi­cials said they were re­luc­tant to be­gin a re­view.

On Fri­day night, in a Twit­ter ex­change with a re­porter, Faber said, “I hope that he ei­ther also ad­mits to what he did to me, or that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion goes for­ward. My com­ing for­ward about be­ing raped by him had noth­ing to do with this race, as I was not even aware he was run­ning for re-elec­tion at the time, and I do not know to what ex­tent it ul­ti­mately af­fected it.”

Fain’s op­po­nent, Das, is a res­i­dent of Cov­ing­ton and owns a mort­gage busi­ness. She ran for U.S. Con­gress in the 8th Dis­trict be­fore with­draw­ing be­fore the pri­mary and en­ter­ing the state Se­nate race. She has cam­paigned on a plat­form of work­ing for af­ford­able hous­ing and us­ing new rev­enue to re­duce car-tab fees for peo­ple for with low in­comes.

Fain, an at­tor­ney, built a rep­u­ta­tion in Olympia as a mod­er­ate and in­flu­en­tial law­maker, and was seen as a ris­ing star in the GOP. He also proved an ef­fec­tive leg­is­la­tor.

He was one of four Re­pub­li­can se­na­tors who in 2012 voted to le­gal­ize same-sex mar­riage; in 2017, he played a key role in the pas­sage of a paid fam­ily-leave law.

Joe Fain

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