State Sen. David Valesky is no longer seeking re-election to the 53rd Senate District seat, the senator announced on Friday.
In the Democratic primary election on Sep. 13, Valesky’s challenger Rachel May won with a final vote count of 8,013, while Valesky garnered 7,407 votes.
Valesky said in a news release on Friday that he has spent countless hours discussing it over the last two weeks with voters who have encouraged him to run an independent campaign, as well as with family and friends.
“After much thought and deliberation, and although my name remains on the ballot, I have decided that I will no longer seek re-election to the State Senate,” Valesky said. “I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of my constituents in my final three months in office, after which I will pursue new opportunities. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve the people of Central New York these past fourteen years. The time has come to move on.”
Valesky has served in the Senate seat for 14 years. He was one of the eight state senators that made up the Independent Democratic Conference, or IDC, which was a group of Democratic senators that caucused separately from other Democratic senators and allied itself with Republican senators.
Rachel May will face Republican candidate Janet Burman in the general election on Nov. 6. Valesky's name will still appear on the ballot on the Independence and Women’s Equality party lines.