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Cayuga County GOP announces slate of challengers for upcoming elections

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The Cayuga County Republican Party has announced its endorsements for the upcoming elections, spotlighting Caleb Slater for the 48th State Senate District. Slater, aiming for the nomination against Fanny Villarreal, plans to challenge Democrat incumbent Rachel May for a seat that represents Cayuga County and parts of Onondaga County in November.


For the State Assembly, incumbents Will Barclay, John Lemondes, and Jeff Gallahan have received the committee’s backing for their re-election campaigns. Barclay seeks to continue representing the 120th Assembly District, which includes parts of Cayuga County, while Gallahan and Lemondes aim to retain their seats in the 131st and 126th districts, respectively. Lemondes faces competition from Democrat Ian Phillips, president of the Auburn School Board, in a race that also garners support from Onondaga County.

The party also supports Congresswoman Claudia Tenney in her bid to maintain her position in New York’s 24th congressional district, amid potential changes to district boundaries. With the uncertainty of how Cayuga County will be divided between the 22nd and 24th districts, the Cayuga County Democratic Committee has yet to endorse a candidate, reflecting the dynamic political landscape leading into the election season.