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State Sen. John DeFrancisco

Robert Harding, The Citizen

A potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate who's no stranger to central New York will headline the Cayuga County Republican Committee's upcoming rally. 

State Sen. John DeFrancisco will be the guest speaker at the #CayugaStrong Republican Rally at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at Owen Orchards, 8174 Grant Ave. in Sennett. 

The cost to attend the rally is $5 per person. Children ages 12 and under will receive free admission. Food will be provided by Springside Inn and Last Shot Distillery and Lost Kingdom Brewery will provide tastings. 

Candidates for local offices are expected to appear at the event. Federal and state GOP elected officials may attend. 

DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, represents the 50th Senate District. His district includes parts of Cayuga and Onondaga counties. 

In August, DeFrancisco announced that he's exploring a run for governor in 2018. He has attended Republican events in other counties in an effort to build support for his candidacy. 

There are other Republicans who have expressed interest in the race. Harry Wilson, a corporate restructuring expert who ran for state comptroller in 2010, is considering a gubernatorial bid. Wilson headlined the Cayuga County GOP barbecue over the summer. 

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is exploring a run for governor. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, whose district once included Cayuga County, is also considering a gubernatorial campaign

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican nominee in 2014, and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, the party's candidate in 2010, have also been mentioned as possible candidates. 

The Republican nominee will likely face Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who's expected to seek his third term as governor next year. 

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