On the Campaign Trail: Katko calls out Maffei; Kessner backpedals on primary

Kessner won’t challenge Valesky

Last week, Syracuse Common Councilor Jean Kessner decided that she would not pursue a primary challenge against incumbent 53rd District State Sen. David Valesky. Kessner released the following statement on July 1:

"I am no longer seeking nomination for the 53rd State Senate District. I entered this race because women deserve equal treatment under the law, the minimum wage should not be a poverty wage, elections should not be for sale to the highest bidder, and our air and water deserve protection. Sen. Valesky's decision to support a Democratic majority in the state senate paves the way for a New York we can all be proud to call home. I am thankful for the support I received from friends, families, and community organizations. I look forward to continuing my work on the Common Council and working with Sen. Valesky to pass legislation that benefits CNY in the years to come."

Valesky, who is part of the five-member Independent Democratic Conference that has been working with Republicans in the State Senate, had called the primary challenge “political extortion.” He is running for reelection on the Democratic ticket.

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