HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. – Peter Harckham (D-South Salem) will challenge incumbent state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) in November’s general election after defeating Robert Kesten (D-South Salem) in yesterday’s Democratic Party primary, according to unofficial election results.

More than 21,000 votes were cast in the 40th State Senate District primary, with Harckham, a former Westchester County legislator, picking up 53.6 percent of the vote between Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.

“We’re hitting the ground running tomorrow,” Harckham said around midnight from his campaign headquarters in Mount Kisco. “We’re going to be going to every town in the district day after day after day. And we’re going to be talking about fighting for Hudson [Valley] values. And the days of Donald Trump values in the Hudson Valley are over.”