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2nd Democratic Challenger

Plans Run Against Seward

Jermaine Bagnall-Graham
Jermaine Bagnall-Graham

SHERBURNE – Today, Jermaine Bagnall-Graham made it official: He is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, this fall for the 51st District Seat.

His prospective candidate was first reported two weeks ago on

Audrey Dunning, a lawyer from Ilion, has already announced she intends to seek the nomination in the 51st, setting up a primary in advance of the general election.

In a press release, Bagnall-Graham, an Army veteran who works at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, said his goal is “defeating corruption in Albany.”

“Today begins a journey towards restoring integrity to the 51st State Senate District,” said the candidate. “For too long, our Albany-insider state senator has failed to represent our values in Albany. I pledge to be an open and accessible senator to constituents, not special interests.”

“We’re excited to support and endorse Jermaine for the 51st State Senate seat,” said Chenango County Democratic chair Patrick McNeil. “It’s time for a change in Central New York and I can’t wait to see what Jermaine will do for us in Albany.”

At Bassett, Bagnall-Graham, who lives in Sherburne, is a clinical systems analyst. He and wife Annette are raising two children, Lyndan, 7, and Iris, 4. He graduated from Binghamton University with a master’s in public administration and SUNY Oneonta with a bachelor’s.


1 Comment

  1. Maybe Bagnall-Graham should start with his own party? Seems to me all the upstate corruption is the work of Democrats, not Republicans. And wasnt it Otsego County’s own Dem Chair that said Assemblyman Magee’s role was to “bring home the bacon” Jim Seward will tear this guy apart. Restore integrity to the 51st? Those are fighting words. Suggesting Seward doesn’t have integrity?? Many in the 51st will passionately disagree.

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