A first-term selectman, Vahey said in a news release Thursday that she has filed the necessary paperwork to seek the Democratic nomination to seek the House seat in November's state election.
Fawcett in 2012 was re-elected to a fourth term. Fawcett has said she was exploring the possibility of running for the town's state Senate seat now held by Republican John McKinney, a candidate for governor. But Fawcett has announced no firm plans.
Vahey was elected second selectman in 2011, running on a ticket with First Selectman Mike Tetreau. Previously she had been an RTM member.
"I love being a selectman, and more than anything, I love working with the people of Fairfield," Vahey said. She said she looks forward to having the opportunity to take what she's learned at the local level and bring the "very, very local knowledge to the conversation in Hartford."
While Fawcett has not made any formal announcement of a bid for McKinney's seat, "I'm working with the best, latest information available today," Vahey said. "As more information becomes clear, I will continue to assess the situation."
Vahey said she made her announcement "knowing what I know and given where things are."
"Through the years I have had the pleasure of representing the people of Fairfield through service on the League of Women Voters' Board of Directors, PTA, Representative Town Meeting and now the Board of Selectmen," she said in the news release. "This experience has given me both knowledge of and a passion for the unique needs of our community. I am running for state representative so that I can be a strong advocate in Hartford for a government that is responsible, accountable, and fair; and most importantly, respectful and responsive to the people of Fairfield."
Fawcett is the lone Democrat in Fairfield's legislative delegation, which includes McKinney, who represents the 28th Senate District; and Republican Reps. Brenda Kupchick, 132nd District, and Tony Hwang, 134th District.