Democrat Rachel May has unofficially won the race for the 53rd State Senate District, defeating longtime Democratic Sen. David Valesky and Republican Janet Berel Burman.
Unofficial results show that May received 51 percent of the vote, while Berel Burman received 37 percent and Valesky received 12 percent. Absentee ballots have not yet been counted, and they won’t be tallied for at least another week.
Valesky has served in the Senate seat for 14 years. He was one of eight Democratic senators who made up the Independent Democratic Conference, which caucused separately from other Democratic senators and instead allied with Republican senators.
Valesky announced back in September that he would no longer be seeking re-election, even though he would still be on the ballot.
In the 51st State Senate District, longtime Republican Sen. James Seward unofficially defeated Democrat Joyce St. George with 64 percent of the vote. Seward has served in the state Senate since 1987.