Democratic State Sen. George Latimer won re-election for a third term Tuesday night, comfortably defeating Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian to retain his seat in the 37th Senate District.
Tallies from the Westchester County Board of Elections showed Latimer holding a 10-point lead over his Republican opponent with 59 percent of the precincts reporting, equating to a lead of nearly 7,800 votes (39,221-31,449). Throughout the evening, Latimer held a consistent 8,000- to 10,000-vote lead.
Shortly before 11 p.m., Latimer delivered a brief victory address at Rosa’s La Scarbitta Ristorante in Mamaroneck, thanking his supporters for their efforts, without which he said he wouldn’t have won.
“The money that you donated, the time and energy you put in knocking on doors, the time on telephones, the times that you would be at train stations, all the blood, sweat and tears of your discretionary time you gave to me, we won this race,” Latimer said.
Latimer, who also started his political career nearly 30 years on the Rye City Council, then eventually became chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators before spending eight years in the state Assembly, said that the grassroots support from citizens in the district overcame a large spending disparity between him and his opponent.
“When you have teams of literally dozens of people doing it is really fabulous, and that’s old-style politics,” Latimer said.
He also said that he believes that his independent-minded record resonated with a significant portion of his constituency.
The 37th state Senate District stretches from portions of Yonkers, along some of the Sound Shore communities, and includes Harrison, North Castle and Bedford along with parts of White Plains.