By Douglas Moser firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — Methuen newcomer Diana DiZoglio cruised in the 14th Essex House race two months after upsetting the incumbent state representative in a newly redrawn district.
DiZoglio, a Democrat, defeated North Andover Republican Karin Rhoton by running close to even in North Andover and winning big in Methuen.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came out to support me,” she said. “I could not have done this without you.”
DiZoglio, 29, said she was surprised by how well she ran in North Andover. “I attribute it to hard work,” she said. “We ran a very very positive campaign. We put in the time and effort it took to win. We talked about the issues and people respected that and came out to support that.”
Rhoton won North Andover by only 74 votes, taking 4,218 votes to DiZoglio’s 4,144. But DiZoglio won big in Methuen, 3,917 to 1,318, and in the single Haverhill precinct in the district 768 to 449.
She thanked her supporters for a hard-fought campaign. “I was happy to win North Andover,” she said. “I thought we would win North Andover by more than we did. But with the presidential election, I think people just voted straight down the ticket. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the risk we take running as Republicans in a heavily Democratic state.”
DiZoglio upset state Rep. David Torrisi, D-North Andover, in the primary in September after Torrisi’s district was redrawn to include several heavily populated precincts in Methuen. DiZoglio took that election by winning big in Methuen and in the several Lawrence precincts.
After getting substantially out-raised by Torrisi in the primary, DiZoglio brought in $11,051 from Aug. 20 to Oct. 19, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office. She raised a total of $14,361 during the election.
Rhoton, who did not have a primary opponent, raised $5,462 during the whole election cycle.