Bob Antonacci, Onondaga County’s top fiscal officer for more than a decade, has informed Republican committee members that he is running for the party’s nomination in the 50th Senate District race.
In a letter obtained by The Citizen, Antonacci told Onondaga County Republican Committee members that he was encouraged by state senators to run for the seat currently held by state Sen. John DeFrancisco, who is not seeking re-election this year.
“I believe I am the most qualified person to run for this seat and that I possess the skills needed to be a very strong candidate for our party,” Antonacci wrote.
Antonacci has been Onondaga County comptroller since being elected in 2007. He won re-election to the seat in 2011 and 2015. Prior to holding countywide office, he was the budget officer, comptroller and zoning board attorney in the town of Salina.
In 2014, Antonacci challenged state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in a statewide election. DiNapoli, a Democrat, won the race by 32 points.