Thursday, August 21, 2014

Finch files for re-election, cites track record

By The Herald Staff | 5/30/2014

Citing his accomplishments, Blaine Finch announced Friday he filed for re-election to continue to represent the 59th District, most of Franklin County and a portion of Osage County, in the Kansas House of Representatives, according to a news release.

Finch, R-Ottawa, said he was proud to represent the area and would like to continue. He was elected in 2012, defeating Democrat Caleb Correll.

Citing his accomplishments, Blaine Finch announced Friday he filed for re-election to continue to represent the 59th District, most of Franklin County and a portion of Osage County, in the Kansas House of Representatives, according to a news release.

Finch, R-Ottawa, said he was proud to represent the area and would like to continue. He was elected in 2012, defeating Democrat Caleb Correll.

“It has been a privilege to represent our community and to be a consistent voice for our families and our local businesses,” Finch said. “We’ve accomplished a lot in my first term, but there’s still work to be done.”

Finch listed actions he was proud to help pass the Legislature and become law, including expediting adoptions to shorten waiting for Kansas children, chairing a subcommittee on juvenile justice that resulted in reforms in the juvenile system, and working with the Attorney General’s office on changes to keep the Hard 50 sentence.

During his first term in the statehouse, Finch was elected chairman of the House Republican Freshman Caucus, and also serves on the Judiciary, Correction and Juvenile Justice, and Utilities committees.

Finch said he chose to run for re-election because he wants to help Kansas face tough challenges in the future.

“Our state will face a number of challenges in the coming years,” Finch said. “Those challenges will require people who can stand on principle while reaching out in a spirit of statesmanship to find solutions that protect and benefit the people of Kansas.”

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