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David A. May, a Niagara Falls police lieutenant who also is a member and past president of the Board of Education, announced Friday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for state senator representing the 61st District.

May, 43, is seeking to unseat Sen. John B. Daly, a Lewiston Republican who is completing his ninth two-year term in the Legislature.

May is a veteran who has served 16 years in the Police Department and is a member of the Board of Education. He said education, economic development, the environment and conservation would be key issues in his campaign.

"There is a need to involve our state government in the economic development and growth of our area as well as statewide," he said. "New York state is the seventh largest economic force in the world, and the resources available should be used to encourage development and growth in the 61st District."

The district includes Niagara and Orleans counties, as well as Grand Island and part of the City of Tonawanda in Erie County.

May holds a baccalaureate degree in public administration and associate degrees in business administration and criminal justice.

He is president of the Memorial Day Association and serves on the boards of directors of the Alcoholism Council in Niagara County, the Niagara Community Center and Girls Club, the Music School of Niagara, the Niagara Falls Little Theater and the Carnegie Art Center.

May has served as chairman of the Fellowship House Foundation and on the boards of directors of LaSalle American Legion Post 1142, the LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, the Niagara Falls Police Club, Niagara Police Athletic League and the American Red Cross.

He and his wife, Mary, live in Niagara Falls with their two sons, Jordan, 12, and Jared, 9.

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