Rachel May beats incumbent Sen. Dave Valesky in Democratic primary

 Photo by Michale Greenlar from Syrcuse.com. Rachel May reacts to taking the lead over Valesky.

Photo by Michale Greenlar from Syrcuse.com. Rachel May reacts to taking the lead over Valesky.

This article is from Syracuse.com. By Michelle Breidenbach mbreidenbach@syracuse.com

Rachel may has won the democratic party primary against incumbent NYS Sen. Dave Valesky in the 53rd senate district. May had 50.47 percent of the vote over Valesky's 46.66 with 100 percent of election day ballots counted.

May won 8,013 votes. Valesky won 7,407 votes cast at the polls on election day, according to unofficial election night votes from the NYS Board of Elections.

May won Onondaga and Oneida Counties. Valesky won Madison County, where he lives.

May is Syracuse University's Director of Sustainability Education. This is May's first run for elected office.

Valesky has not had an opponent since 2010.

During the campaign, may criticized Valesky for his role in the Independent Democratic Conference. Valesky was deputy leader of the IDC, a breakaway group of eight Democrats who formed an alliance with Republicans to help the GOP maintain control of the senate since 2011.

The IDC agreed in April to reunite with mainstream democrats in the senate. But the move came too late for May and her progressive supporters, who say they no longer trusted Valesky to look out for their interests.

Bronx sen. Jeff Klein, the former leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, lost his primary against attorney Alessandra Biaggi in the 34th district. Biaggi is an attorney who worked for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Hillary Clinton.

The winner faces Republican Janet Burman Nov.6.