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Cooper defeats Hough in Yarmouth's House District 107

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Cooper defeats Hough in Yarmouth's House District 107

YARMOUTH — Democrat and former congressional staffer Janice Cooper defeated small business owner and Republican Mark Hough by more than 1,000 votes Tuesday in House District 107.

Cooper had 3,217 votes to 2,140 for Hough in the district that covers Yarmouth.

"I'm thrilled and very honored that the people of Yarmouth have given me a chance to represent them," Cooper said.

She said her campaign was successful because of her diligence and work.

"I think I worked harder than my opponent," she said. "He represented a policy set for people in Maine that was not in their best interests."

She said one of her first goals in the Legislature will be to find a remedy for plurality elections and to work to reduce student debt in the state.

"I want to take a good look to relieve graduating university and community college students from the overwhelming debt they are facing by lowering the cost of education and establishing loan forgiveness programs," she said.

Hough was not immediately available for comment.

The District 107 seat is being vacated by Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes, D-Yarmouth,who has served since 2008.

Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or wgraff@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.