Farmer is a former Wake County Superior Court judge who was appointed to lead the old board in March. He will remain chairman of the new commission. Finch is a Raleigh-area attorney who's been a board member since 1993. The General Assembly this year approved a new state ethics bill that creates a new eight-member ethics commission. Easley gets to choose four of the eight members, but only two can be of the same political party. Finch and Farmer are Democrats.