State Rep. Finch files for re-election

061014-finch-campaignState Representative Blaine Finch, a Republican from Ottawa, filed for re-election on May 30. Finch has represented the 59th District since 2012. The district encompasses most of Franklin County and a portion of Osage County that includes Lyndon and Vassar.

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

Finch pointed to a number of issues he helped pass in the Legislature, including: Drafting and shepherding through a bill that allows adoptions to be expedited so that Kansas children will not have to wait extended periods of time to be united with their families; chairing a subcommittee on juvenile justice which resulted in multiple reforms to our juvenile system; and working with the Attorney General’s office on changes to protect the Hard 50 sentence so the state’s most heinous criminals remain behind bars.

Finch was elected by a large majority in 2012, his first attempt at state office. In his first term, he was elected chairman of the House Republican Freshman Caucus, one of the largest incoming classes in Statehouse history. He also serves on the Judiciary, Corrections & Juvenile Justice, and Utilities committees.

“Our state will face a number of challenges in the coming years,” said Finch. “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.”

Finch encouraged residents of the district to contact him if they had any questions about his voting record or his position on an issue.

“There are a lot of special interest groups who have their own self-serving reasons to mislead the public. Sadly, they have already started with their campaigns of deception and misinformation,” said Finch. “We have to be skeptical about any political ads and mailers we see this summer from groups that don’t live here, work here or raise their families here like we do. If you have any questions, I welcome your call or email so we can work together to get to the truth.”

Finch invited residents to contact him personally at 785-242-6400 or [email protected].


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