A Litchfield woman whose bid to jump into state politics two years ago failed by just a handful of votes has announced she is running again.

Rachel Sukeforth is seeking election in House District 82, which includes Litchfield, Wales and part of Monmouth. Sukeforth, a Democrat, in November 2012 lost to incumbent Rep. Melvin Newendyke, R-Litchfield, to represent what was then House District 80, by fewer than 10 votes.

Sukeforth, in announcing her intention to run for representative again, said she favored full funding for public schools. A 2003 graduate of Hebron Academy and a 2007 graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Sukeforth works at Woods End Laboratories in Mount Vernon. She said she wants to work to increase government assistance toward health care.

Sukeforth serves on the board of Leeds-based Rural Community Action Ministries and volunteers as an ambassador for Women, Work and Community.

Timothy McDonald, a Republican from Monmouth, has also filed to run for the seat. The filing deadline is Monday.

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