John Mannion and four other Democratic candidates in competitive state Senate races are receiving fundraising help from a prominent activist and former gubernatorial hopeful.
Cynthia Nixon, who lost to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, wrote an email Monday to her campaign list urging them to donate to Mannion, Andrew Gounardes, Anna Kaplan, Jen Metzger and James Skoufis.
The quintet is endorsed by the Working Families Party, which supported Nixon during her primary bid, and they are running for seats held by Republicans.
In her email, Nixon highlighted the importance of supporting the candidates. She noted that Democrats need to flip one seat to win control of the state Senate.
"And many more seats than that are winnable if we make sure progressive candidates have the resources to fight back and win," she wrote.
The email directs recipients to a fundraising page where they can donate to the candidates, or split their donation among each of the contenders.
Kaplan, a Democrat, is challenging Republican state Sen. Elaine Phillips in the 7th Senate District on Long Island. Gounardes is the Democratic nominee in the 22nd Senate District race against Sen. Martin Golden.
The remaining candidates are running in upstate districts. Metzger, a Democrat, is competing with Republican Ann Rabbitt in the 42nd district. The seat is being vacated by retiring GOP state Sen. John Bonacic. There's a similar situation in the 39th district, where Skoufis is going up against Republican candidate Thomas Basile. The race will determine who succeeds retiring state Sen. William Larkin, a Republican.
Mannion will face Republican candidate Bob Antonacci in the 50th Senate District race. State Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Republican, has represented the district for more than 25 years. He chose to not seek re-election this year.
Nixon's email hailed the defeat of six members of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference. But with Republicans in control of the state Senate, she said, legislation to pass single-payer health insurance and bolster reproductive rights "will continue to be stymied."
"That's why we must take back the state Senate from Republicans and replace them with a new progressive majority that will fight for the many, not the few," she wrote.