AFSCME Endorses Robert Farris-Olsen for House District 81

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AFSCME is proud to endorse Rob Farris-Olsen in his race to become the next representative of House District 81. As a Helena city commissioner Rob has shown his dedication to public employees, and will provide a strong and consistent voice for Helena’s workers when he is elected.

Rob, the son of two public employees, understands that our State, County and Municipal employees help form the backbone of Helena’s economy. He will work to protect them from unnecessary budget cuts and layoffs and demeaning political attacks while simultaneously working to ensure the solvency of their retirement.

In his time on the Commission, Rob has demonstrated his leadership qualities, and fought to improve the lives of Municipal employees. Rob established Helena’s paid parental leave policy to make sure that parents wouldn’t have to sacrifice their jobs to have a family. We know he will work to do the same at the state level.

If you take the time to spend a few minutes with Rob it doesn’t take long to appreciate his dedication and willingness to better the lives of Helena’s hard working families, says Timm Twardoski, Executive Director of AFSCME. I am confident Rob will continue his dedication and family values as the next Representative serving HD 81. Rob understands we need to make it easier, not harder, for Montanans to continue to improve our communities.


When asked about the endorsement, Rob shared, “I'm honored to be endorsed by AFSCME. As the son of a 35-year state employee, and a lifelong Helenan, I understand how important our public servants are. They work hard every day, and I will work to protect their jobs and retirement. This community exists because of public employees, and we must work to provide them the support they need.”


On Helena’s city commission, Rob also dedicated his time to improving City infrastructure, creating economic opportunity, and ensuring that all of Helena’s citizens are protected. He was instrumental in adjusting the rate structure to make sure large corporate interests pay their fair share into our infrastructure, while simultaneously funding over $100 million of infrastructure needs.


Rob lives in House District 81 on the same street he grew up on with his wife Erin, Executive Director of the Montana Watershed Coordination Council, and young son Tupper.