John Finn files for Jefferson County supervisor race
Wednesday was the deadline for candidates to file for the Nov. 4 elections, and one candidate just barely made the cutoff.
John Finn, 66, completed his candidate paperwork just a few minutes before 5 p.m. Wednesday in his bid to replace Republican incumbent Dick Reed as a Jefferson County supervisor. Finn is running as an independent candidate and said he is still in the process of forming a platform.
“My big thing is local control, and educating people on their rights,” he said during an interview today.
Finn said he started thinking about running two weeks ago, but did not come to a firm decision until Tuesday. He worried he wouldn’t have time to complete all the requirements before the Wednesday deadline. In just two days, he was able to gather 190 signatures (118 are needed) to be on the ballot.
He said a number of people asked him to run for office, and that he just couldn’t let them down.
“I’m very civic-minded,” he said. “I have a strong inclination to serve people.”
Finn lived in Jefferson County in the 1980s when he worked at the Fairfield Municipal Airport. He moved away to live in New London and Fort Madison, but moved back to Fairfield about two years ago.
He is a professional pilot and has done aerial mapping. Since moving back to Fairfield, he has worked as a teacher associate at Fairfield Middle School. He was a mechanic in the United States Air Force for a couple of years, too.
“I’ve been in Iowa since 1974,” he said. “I got an advanced degree in theology in South Carolina, and I consider myself to be in the ministry. I’m getting ready to start a church in Fairfield.”