CAPE ELIZABETH — After narrowly winning a special election last year, incumbent state Rep. Kim Monaghan-Derrig, D-Cape Elizabeth, was re-elected Tuesday, defeating Republican Nancy Thompson in House District 121.
Monaghan-Derrig beat Thompson 3,022 to 2,329, in the district that covers part of Cape Elizabeth.
Monaghan-Derrig will serve her first full two-year term after beating Thompson last year to take the seat vacated when Democratic Sen. Cynthia Dill won a special election in state Senate District 7.
“I’m very happy to have been re-elected and will do my best to represent the interests of Cape Elizabeth residents,” Monaghan-Derrig said. “I’m happy the town of Cape Elizabeth has approved of my brief service and have decided to vote me back in.”
Monaghan-Derrig attributes her victory to her incumbency and communication with voters.
“I answer my emails and phone calls and I vote the way most Cape Elizabeth residents would want me to vote,” she said. “I think having more time certainly helped and serving that one term as state representative.”
Thompson said she is disappointed with the results, but thought she ran a solid campaign.
“I tried my hardest and put my best effort in and I guess the best person won,” she said.
Although she said Monaghan-Derrig ran a tough race, Thompson attributed at least some of her loss to this being a presidential election year.
“I think that Cape Elizabeth was really tied into presidential elections, and with so many people voting for Obama, I think moderate Republicans got twisted up,” she said.