Ali RosenMay 21, 2018, 8:28 pmMay 22, 2018, 3:09 pm

Former Westchester Legislator Pete Harckham announces bid for state Senate

Harckham is running in the 40th District against incumbent Republican Terrance Murphy, Democrat Robert Kesten

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MOUNT KISCO — Former Westchester County Legislator Pete Harckham says that he is running for New York State Senate because he could no longer watch government unfold from the sidelines.

"I will fight to protect New York taxpayers to see that every New Yorker has access to high quality health care, including opioid treatment. I will also fight to protect our drinking supply and to ensure that every child in the Hudson Valley receives a quality public education," Harckham said at a rally on Monday, announcing his candidacy.

Harckham served two terms as the Democratic Majority Leader in the Westchester County Legislature and, since then, has worked for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

Robert Kesten of South Salem is the other Democrat running for state Senate in the 40th District, and while Harckham believes that their ideology is aligned, he says his experience makes him the most qualified candidate.

Both Kesten and Harckham will be running against Republican State Sen. Terrance Murphy.

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