Months of campaigning, speaking, and working gained Andy Thomas the Republican Nomination for District 44 Representative, with a majority of the votes going to the incumbent.
Thomas defeated challenger Ken Eitel by a rather large margin in Tuesday's election, moving further along the track to the November election. He spent Tuesday scanning the election in both Putnam and Clay counties, heading home around 10 p.m.
When asked why he was voted back in, Thomas said, "I think the voters could see I was successful with 30 pieces of legislation and bringing $1.4 million to the district. I think they approve of my priorities of economic development, education, governmental responsibility, and fairness in taxes."
He said he was glad this part of the election process was over.
"Right now I'm heading home to see the kids and kind of celebrate with them," he said. "We've worked hard.
"I want to thank the voters and volunteers for their faith in me."
Though in the past he claimed some of Eitel's campaign claims were "unethical", he had a talk with his opponent after the election and "smoothed things out."
"When candidates face each other they know it's going to be competitive," he said. "Those issues are behind us. I now look forward to working on other issues that will help District 44."
Thomas also said that he looked forward to including some of Eitel's ideas "to possible legislation next year."
"It's an amicable relationship," he said.