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Manktelow coasts to victory

LYONS - Republican Brian Manktelow will succeed longtime state Assemblyman Bob Oaks in the 130th District after he handily defeated Democrat Scott Comegys Tuesday.

Manktelow, 56, who serves as Lyons town supervisor and is a longtime farmer, garnered 27,663 votes to 13,684 for Comegys, a 47-year-old Palmyra alpaca farmer.

Manktelow told the Finger Lakes Times earlier this fall that he will take advantage of the experience he has gained in local government, understanding how much state policies affect local government, especially upstate.

Manktelow has been in politics for years. Two years ago he sought the Republican nomination for the 54th District State Senate seat subsequently captured by fellow Republican Pam Helming.

He decided to run for Assembly seat with encouragement from the outgoing Oaks and obtained the endorsements of GOP leaders in the 130th, a district that includes all of Wayne County and portions of Cayuga and Oswego counties.

Helming captures 2nd term

Incumbent 54th District State Senator Pam Helming of Canandaigua rolled to an easy win Tuesday over Democratic challenger Kenan Baldridge, the town of Rose supervisor.

Helming tallied 63,566 votes in capturing 60.1 percent of the vote. Baldridge tallied 38,369 votes, or 36.3 percent.

The race was a rematch of the 2016 race in which Helming defeated Baldridge by roughly 33,000 votes.

She captured 52,871 votes on the Republican line, along with 7,758 on the Conservative line, 2,426 on the Independence line and 511 on the Reform line.

Baldridge tallied 36,088 votes on the Democratic line, 1,515 on the Working Families line and 766 on the Womens Equality line.

O'Mara on way to another term

In the 58th state Senate District, Republican Tom O'Mara picked up 54,827 votes to overwhelm Democrat Amanda Kirchgessner. The challenger ended up with 36,110 votes, or about 20 percentage points behind O'Mara.

O'Mara, an attorney who lives in Big Flats, captured his fifth term in the Senate after previously serving in Assembly.

The 58th district includes all of Yates County as well as Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties. It also includes part of Tompkins County - specifically, the city and town of Ithaca and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses.

"My No. 1 thing is the economy," O'Mara told the Finger Lakes Times in October. "It is the one area we continue to struggle in. Upstate New York tends to lag coming out of a recession, and that is still the case."

O'Mara was Chemung County's district attorney before getting into politics. The Republican said he will continue to focus on manufacturing.

"We need to be making things in this country - and in this state," he said in October.


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