BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Tim Kennedy unseats thirty-year incumbent Bill Stachowski in the Democratic primary for the 58th State Senate district.
Kennedy rode the anti-incumbent sentiment, campaigning on change from Albany's staus quo.
"I am the alternative to the Albany incumbents, and I am the candidate that is going to go down to Albany [and] challenge the status quo and change Albany," said Kennedy at his victory speech Tuesday night.
Senator Stachowski says he is proud of his three decades of service, including his unsuccessful fight for funding for UB 20/20.
Kennedy will face Republican Jack Quinn III in the general election in November.
Stachowski issued the following statement following Tuesday's loss:
"For the last four months I have spent a good deal of time and energy talking to the people of the 58th district about Albany's problems and the many needs here in Western New York. The theme they sounded was that our state government is broken, and that they were frustrated with the turmoil and daily reports of defections, deficits, and deceit.
"Today those people made the decision to try another avenue to resolve the situation. They're angry and uncertain over their futures, and that of their children. I defer to their judgment and I hope their trust in somebody other than myself is well placed.
"Over the course of the next several weeks I plan on sitting back, spending some time with my wife, and resting up after eighteen months of everyday turmoil in Albany. I will reevaluate the options available to me so I can decide how I can best serve the 300,000 Western New Yorkers I represent between now and January 1, 2011.
"I have never been a 'quitter', and this race is no different. My campaign staff and I worked long hours believing we would be victorious this evening. And while we didn't get the end result we were looking for, I'm proud of my issue-oriented campaign and the interaction I've had with voters either on their front porch or at their church picnic.
Serving as their Senator was an honor and a privilege I'll always relish."