Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fincher Defeated In Bid For Re-Election

The anti-incumbent mood sweeping the country has also been felt in Cookeville as incumbent State Representative Henry Fincher lost his bid for re-election Tuesday.  The Democrat Fincher garnered just over 44 percent of the vote, while his Republican opponent Ryan Williams received 55 percent. A total of 16,698 people voted in that race, with 9,217 casting ballots for Williams; 7,455 voting for Fincher, and 26 voters choosing to cast write-in ballots. Fincher, a local attorney, was first elected to the office four years ago. Williams, who is employed by J and S Construction, chose not to seek re-election to the Cookeville city council in order to run for the office of State Representative.  Fincher said in a statement Tuesday night that "the president poisoned the well" for Democrats.