Democratic Sen. Lowe Finney won't seek re-election

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Sen. Lowe Finney, who was the last candidate to represent a net gain for Democrats in the state Legislature, says he won't seek a third term.

The Jackson attorney said Wednesday that he felt the "time was right" to leave the Legislature. Finney ruled out a run for governor next year, but wouldn't say whether he will make a bid for Jackson mayor.

Finney in 2006 defeated incumbent Sen. Don McLeary, who had earlier switched parties to become a Republican. Finney's win represented the only legislative seat that changed party hands that year, and Democrats have experienced heavy losses in every legislative election since then.

Democrats go into next year's vote with just seven out of 33 Senate seats, and 28 of 99 seats in the House.

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