Seward trounces challenger to win 16th term
State Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, trounced his opponent in winning a 16th two-year term. He defeated Democratic challenger Jermaine Bagnall-Graham, 78,39628,669.
“I am thrilled and humbled with the victory and look forward to continuing the strong partnerships I have developed with the people of the 51st Senate District ensuring our needs, our views and our values are well represented in Albany,” said Seward, who first was elected to the Senate in 1986.
Seward said he considers funding for school districts and improving standardized testing to be a priority for the next legislative session. He said he is pleased the state is revamping Common Core standards and teacher evaluations and placing less reliance on “highstakes testing” that left parents and teachers up in arms.
Seward supports term limits and called for a constitutional amendment on the 2017 ballot to eliminate pensions for state lawmakers convicted of crimes involving corruption.
Bagnall-Graham, of Sherburne, a first-time candidate for elected office, is clinical systems analyst for Bassett Health Care.
The 51st State Senate District includes all of Otsego, Schoharie and Cortland counties and parts of Ulster, Delaware, Chenango, Herkimer, Cayuga and Tompkins counties. The Ulster County towns in the district are Rochester, Olive, Shandaken and Hardenburgh.
Jermaine Bagnall-Graham, left, and state Sen. James Seward