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Tincher Steps Away From Statehouse, Commits to Groom Replacement

Vern Tincher

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Rep. Vern Tincher (D-Riley) will not seek election his 18th term to the General Assembly.

Tincher’s been in public service ever since he entered the police academy in 1960. He was first elected to the House in 1982 and has since won 17 elections and lost two, twice coming back to reclaim his old seat.

“I just got the feeling that it’s time to do something else and enjoy life a bit,” he said.

Tincher says he and others are grooming an as-yet-unnamed Democratic candidate to run in his place. Tincher says he’s letting his replacement candidate make the announcement for himself.

“They’re going to be at the statehouse tomorrow (Tuesday) to meet with the speaker of the House and House leadership and me and discuss what we’re going to do and help them work in this campaign,” Tincher said.

Tincher says he thought of retiring before the 2008 election before Republican candidate Bob Heaton announced. Tincher clinched the election by 500 votes. Heaton, who is running for the seat again, says the announcement does not change his game plan, although he was surprised by it Monday morning.

“Just seems like there’s a different climate and mood of the people. They’re ready for change, ready to vote. I don’t know if he’s heard what’s happening,” Heaton said.

Tincher says he wants to travel more, and he’s already booked an Australian trip for this summer. Three of his bills are still alive in the General Assembly.

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