Sen. Seward Faces Primary and General Election Challenges
Republican State Senator Jim Seward now faces a primary challenge and a general election opponent after they filed petitions with the State board of elections.
Seward announced his intention to run for another two-year term last week. Seward has held the position since 1986 when he was first elected to the 51st Senate seat, the district includes all of or portions of 9 counties. All of Cortland County, Tompkins County, and now portions of Cayuga County are in the district.
Last week republican Jim Blake successfully filed petitions to face Seward in a primary election in September. Blake declared his candidacy back in May. According to Blake, he has served as an officer and director of a publicly traded company and traveled internationally seeking out business opportunities. He claims not to be a professional politician, and says he wants to go to Albany to break up the ‘good old boys’ network and create jobs from the bottom up, through innovative ideas and old-fashioned hard work.
Blake says Seward has had 26 years in office and during that time New York’s tax burden and regulations have grown, he says he wants to shrink them.
If Seward defeats Blake he will still face a challenge from Tompkins County democratic challenger Howard Leib. Leib is an Ithaca Attorney he has submitted petitions to run on the democratic and working families party lines.
Seward said last week he wants to continue building on some of the reforms that have been enacted in Albany this years, he pointed to the property tax cap as a success and now wants to see a state-spending cap adopted as well.