Politics & Government

Rep. Finn to run again for statehouse, along with several other incumbents

OLYMPIA – Democratic Rep. Fred Finn from west Thurston County says he will run next year for a second term representing the 35th Legislative District.

Finn is coming off a freshman year in which he got a handful of bills passed into law. House Bill 1137 sets fines for Christmas tree thefts; SSHB 1951 allows public-private partnerships to operate fish hatcheries; SHB 1984 changes vehicle air-conditioning standards; and HB 1997 requires science in certain Puget Sound cleanup spending.

Finn, 64, beat Republican Randy Neatherlin in 2008 after raising and spending about $293,000, one of the most expensive outlays in statehouse races. No rival has filed papers to raise money for the 2010 campaign. The 35th represents all of Mason and parts of Thurston, Grays Harbor and Kitsap counties.


Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, has drawn another challenge from Kyle Taylor Lucas in the 35th District. Sheldon defeated Lucas, a fellow Democrat, two years ago in a race in which out-of-state and labor groups spent thousands of dollars in an attempt to oust Sheldon. Lucas filed to continue raising money in December 2006 and collected $10,996 to Sheldon’s $12,525.

The other 35th District incumbent, Rep. Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton, has filed papers to raise money for another campaign.

In the 22nd district, Rep. Sam Hunt is raising money for another term, but Rep. Brendan Williams, D-Olympia, said he’s done after his term runs out in 2010. Democrat Stew Henderson is running.

In the 20th District, Republican incumbent Reps. Richard DeBolt of Chehalis and Gary Alexander of Thurston County are raising money; in the 2nd, Republican Rep. Jim McCune has no opponents, but Republican Rep. Tom Campbell of Roy already faces challenges from Republicans Matthew Hamilton and James Wilcox.

Brad Shannon: 360-753-1688