Se­ward trounces chal­lenger to win 16th term

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Free­man staff

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

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