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Democratic congressional candidate Juanita Perez Williams speaks to seniors at the Boyle Center in Auburn. Perez Williams is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 24th Congressional District race.

Juanita Perez Williams addresses two major issues and pledges to challenge President Donald Trump in her first television ads of the 24th Congressional District campaign. 

The 15-second commercials, which began airing Saturday on cable stations in the Rochester and Syracuse markets, focus on health care and guns. While the issues are different, the closing message is the same: If Perez Williams, D-Syracuse, is elected to Congress, she will work to stop Trump. 

"We need leaders who will stand up for our values," Perez Williams said in a statement. "As a daughter of a senior citizen who is struggling to keep up with the rising costs of prescription drugs; as a mother who has watched her children struggle without insurance; as a grandmother concerned about the safety of our young ones — these issues are personal to me. That's why I'm running to stand up to Trump and fight for our families in Congress." 

On health care, Perez Williams supports shifting to a Medicare-for-all system. She opposes efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a 2010 health care law. For years, Republicans in Congress have attempted to repeal the law but they haven't been successful. 

Perez Williams' position on gun safety includes support for an assault weapons ban. She has called the AR-15, a semiautomatic rifle that has been used in many mass shootings, a "weapon of war." 

The ads were released more than two weeks before the Democratic primary in the 24th Congressional District. Perez Williams and Dana Balter are vying for the Democratic nomination. 

The primary will be held Tuesday, June 26.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face U.S. Rep. John Katko, a two-term Republican, in the general election. 

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