Republican incumbent state Rep. Ruth Briggs King won her first four-year term Tuesday with a comfortable victory over Democratic challenger and political newcomer Beth McGinn.
Briggs King won 5,026 votes or 54.8 percent to McGinn’s 4,139 votes or 45.2 percent.
It’s the third election for Briggs King who first won the office in a 2009 special election before winning a two-year term in 2010.
Despite the winning the race by nearly 900 votes, the Georgetown resident said she never took the election for granted.
“You’re always concerned,” she said. “I have an entirely new district so people don’t know you and the work that you do and you have to win them over or get their confidence.”
McGinn, a Long Neck resident who made rent stabilization for the residents of manufactured homes the central pillar of her campaign, said she was comforted to know she successfully brought the issue to the forefront.
“At every forum I attended, it was the number one issue and that’s never been done before,” she said. “Now if we can hold the Republicans and Democrats to their promises to help people, I think we will have won in that way.”
McGinn said she also was pleased her campaign kept the race so close, given that she entered the race in late July as an appointee of the Democratic Party.
“I think we did a wonderful job for my first time out,” she said. “We worked really hard and had a good showing considering people didn’t know who I am. Ruth ran an excellent, clean race. She could have been nasty but she wasn’t and I thank her for that.”
Briggs King said she is looking forward to returning to the General Assembly this winter, listing jobs, public safety and housing as her top three priorities.
“I don’t make promises, but I make commitment and keeping those commitments to the people in the district,” she said. “I think a lot of Long Neck area has been neglected over the last few years in many respects, particularly infrastructure and some of the housing concerns, so I’m very motivated to make the quality of life for all the constituents out there better.”