MEXICO – Sheryl Briggs won her first, full two-year term as a state legislator from District 93 during Tuesday’s elections.

In unofficial tallies, Briggs, 53, received 2,590 votes to challengers William Hine of Peru with 494, and Trevis Knapp of Mexico with 1,393.

“I feel relieved and very excited,” she said from her Mexico municipal job Wednesday afternoon. “I’m looking forward to going back to the Legislature and to continue working on issues that are important to us.”

Hine and Knapp ran as independents. Briggs is a Democrat.

She won the seat a year ago as the result of a special election called to replace former District 93 legislator Randy Hotham of Dixfield. The Republican resigned because of conflicts with his job.

Briggs received 1,120 votes from her hometown of Mexico to Hine’s 38 and Knapp’s 304. She also took the majority vote in each of the district’s other four towns of Canton, Carthage, Dixfield and Peru.

She sits on the legislative committee for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She hopes to receive an assignment for committees on health and human services or municipal affairs.

“I have a passion to help people,” she said.

She said she has worked with the state Department of Health and Human Services when attempts were made to cut back on programs that she considers important to her constituents, and as part of her municipal job in the general assistance program.

Also of great importance to her is the economy and economic development.

In the Mexico town office, she also serves as assistant tax collector, treasurer and town clerk, as well as secretary to the town manager and department heads.

The next legislative session begins in early January.

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