LET Dictionary is clear on 're-elect'
When Carla Nelson decided to run for the same legislative office she held before being defeated, Carla asked for my help with her lawn signs. I told her to use her old signs leaving the word re-elect "as is" because she previously held the office and it seldom makes sense to spend money needlessly.
Note: Carla Nelson never blamed me for this; "flap," but true; to form, Carla assumed full responsibility for the decision.
If you want to compare the character of legislators, try finding one who will admit they helped close down our government.
My dictionary tells me that re-elect means: "To elect again." "Again" means: "Once more, anew: Try again."
Note: There isn't a hint that "terms" must be contiguous for a previous incumbent to ask to be re-elected.
Legislators having difficulty with the; meaning of the word "re-elect" ought to step forward and tell us why they feel qualified to run our state?
Carla Nelson is one of the most outstanding legislators that I have been privileged; to have as our state representative.