CAMILLUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The high school biology teacher who almost won the 50th State Senate race last year is going to run for the job again.
Democrat John Mannion, a biology teacher and teachers’ union president at the West Genesee School District, lost to Republican Bob Antonacci by only two percentage points last year.
The senate seat will become open again if State Senator Bob Antonacci wins the State Supreme Court Race.
Antonacci is currently in second of the five-way race to fill three seats. Incumbent Justice Bernadette Romano Clark easily leads the race and will be re-elected. Antonacci and Joseph Lamendola are second and third, respectively.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s likely to call for a special election to fill the vacancy. Mannion says he expects that date to be in early 2020.
Mannion says, “Last year, I ran for State Senate because our communities deserve to get our fair share of state aid, investment, and focus,” Senate Candidate John Mannion said. “We deserve real leadership and a dedicated public servant who will work to strengthen our schools, invest in job training programs, and protect our water and natural resources. As our next State Senator, I will fight for Central New York families and small businesses in Albany.”
Mannion will hold a formal campaign launch next Wednesday at Schiller Park in Syracuse.
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