Eleven candidates, including three incumbents, have filed petitions to run in five Cayuga County-area state legislative races this year.
In the 50th Senate District race, there could be a primary for the Republican nomination. Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci, who has the party's endorsement, submitted more than 5,000 signatures to qualify for a ballot spot. Rick Guy, an attorney and former Syracuse Common Council member, collected 1,399 signatures.
For major party lines in state Senate races, candidates must submit at least 1,000 valid signatures. The deadline to file petitions was Thursday.
If there is a Republican primary, the winner will face Democratic candidate John Mannion. The biology teacher at West Genesee High School in Camillus collected 3,280 signatures for the Democratic line.
Antonacci and Mannion also received support from multiple minor parties. Antonacci has been endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties. Mannion has the backing of the Women's Equality, Working Families and Reform parties.
The 50th Senate District is comprised of a portion of Syracuse and many of the surrounding suburbs, plus most of Auburn and the towns of Brutus, Cato, Ira and Sennett in Cayuga County.
The primary election is Thursday, Sept. 13. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. The winner of the election will succeed state Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Republican who has represented the district since 1993.
A competitive state Assembly race is set after incumbent Gary Finch and challenger Keith Batman filed their petitions. Finch, a Republican, will run on the GOP, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. Batman, a Cayuga County legislator, will appear on the Democratic, Women's Equality and Working Families ballot lines.
Finch represents the 126th Assembly District, which includes the southern half of Cayuga County and all of Auburn. It also extends into parts of Chenango, Cortland and Onondaga counties.
The other races are:
• State Sen. Jim Seward, the dean of the county's state legislative delegation, will run for re-election in the 51st Senate District. He submitted petitions to appear on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines.
Democratic candidate Joyce St. George will appear on the Democratic, Women's Equality and Working Families party lines.
The 51st Senate District includes the towns of Locke, Moravia, Niles, Owasco, Sempronius and Summerhill in Cayuga County.
• In the 54th Senate District, freshman state Sen. Pam Helming will seek a second term representing the Finger Lakes in Albany. Her opponent will be a familiar face: Democratic candidate Kenan Baldridge, a town supervisor in Rose (Wayne County) who was Helming's foe in the 2016 election.
Helming will appear on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. Baldridge filed petitions to run on the Democratic, Women's Equality and Working Families party lines.
The district includes 13 towns in Cayuga County and a portion of Auburn.
• The 130th Assembly District seat is open following the retirement of Bob Oaks, a longtime assemblyman who is not seeking re-election this year.
Brian Manktelow, a Republican and town supervisor in Lyons (Wayne County), will run on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. Scott Comegys, a Democrat, filed petitions to run on the Democratic and Working Families party lines.
A second Republican, Clyde Mayor Jerry Fremouw, planned to challenge Manktelow for the GOP nomination. But as of Friday night, the state Board of Elections didn't list him as having submitted petitions to run in the 130th Assembly District race.
The 130th Assembly District is comprised of towns in northern Cayuga County.