Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Lowe Finney of Jackson today announced he will not seek reelection to his state Senate seat in 2014.
He’s been considering a run for mayor of Jackson, but declined comment on that possibility for now.
Finney, of course, is one of just seven Democrats remaining in the 33-member Senate — and it’s a safe bet that Republicans will go actively for his seat in 2014. Finney says he thinks Democrats can hold the seat and says some are interested — though he wouldn’t name them.
Here’s Finney’s email to supporters:
Today I am making an important announcement, one that I wanted to share with you – one of my friends and strongest supporters – before it’s out in the news media. After much prayer and thoughtful consideration, I have decided not to seek a third term to the state Senate.
I have had no higher honor than representing West Tennessee families in the state legislature. I am proud to have worked to improve health care for senior citizens, cut the sales tax on food and provide great opportunities for young students and veterans to attend college. I thank my wife, Tiffany, for her support all these years.
Although I am leaving the Senate at the end of next year, I will remain your Senator for Dyer, Crockett, Lake, Lauderdale and Madison counties until the November election. I will work even harder in my last session, and I will be available to serve you in any way I can. I remain,