Ottawa native Blaine Finch has filed for re-election to the Kansas House.

The Republican has represented the 59th District since 2013. The district encompasses most of Franklin County and a portion of Osage County that includes Lyndon and Vassar.

“It’s a privilege to be able to serve our community and to be the voice at the state Capitol for our families, our farms and our local businesses,” Finch said. “We have accomplished a lot together, but there’s still a lot to do. Working together, I know we can continue to move Kansas forward and protect our way of life.”

Finch pointed to a number of reforms he has worked on in the Legislature, including:

• Promoting a fairer state tax system, including a plan to reduce the sales tax on food, and adopting measures to increase efficiencies and pass the savings on to Kansas taxpayers.

• Fighting for increased community-based mental health resources, as well as the funding to make those services available when they are needed.

• Removing government barriers so that affordable health coverage options can be created by the private market.

• Spearheading a juvenile justice reform package that is helping to transition hundreds of nonviolent children toward rehabilitation and productive lives rather than permanent incarceration.

• Working with the Attorney General’s office on stronger protections for seniors from financial fraud and abuse.

“Our state will face a number of challenges in the coming years, including the need to protect our counties in the redistricting process,” Finch said. “Meeting those challenges will take people who can stand on principle and speak up for our families and neighbors. I have worked hard to be that voice for our community, and I would be honored to finish the work we’ve started together.”

Finch in his first term was elected chairman of the House Republican Freshman Caucus in one of the largest incoming classes in Statehouse history. In his second term, he served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and House Rules Committee. He was elected by his peers this past year to serve as speaker pro tem.

Finch encouraged residents to contact him if they had questions about his position on an issue. His voting record is available for review at www.kslegislature.org.

“There are a lot of special interest groups in Topeka that would rather push their narrow agenda than provide the truth,” he said. “We’ve seen them do it over and over again. I value the chance to visit about the issues and answer questions about the ‘why’ behind a particular vote. I think it’s important for all of us to have the facts, not just the rhetoric some special interest group wants to put on a postcard.”

Finch has been endorsed by Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association and the Kansas Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.