Democratic candidate John Mannion has released the first campaign ad in the 50th Senate District race.
The three-minute video will appear on digital platforms and target Syracuse-area voters, his campaign announced Friday. The ad details Mannion's roots in central New York and explains why he's running for state Senate.
"I am not a career politician. I am running for state Senate because central New York families deserve better than we've been getting from Albany," Mannion said in a statement.
It's the first digital or television commercial released by either campaign in the 50th Senate District race pitting Mannion, an Advanced Placement biology teacher at West Genesee High School in Camillus, against Republican candidate Bob Antonacci, a Republican and the current Onondaga County comptroller.
The two men are vying for the seat held by state Sen. John DeFrancisco, who is retiring this year. DeFrancisco, R-DeWitt, announced in the spring that he wouldn't seek another term in the state Senate after more than 25 years of service.
There has already been a tussle in the 50th district race over petitions filed by Mannion's campaign. Antonacci's supporters successfully pushed to have the Democratic candidate removed from the Reform Party line, one of three minor party endorses Mannion received.
Antonacci also sought to have Mannion removed from his three remaining ballot lines, including the Democratic line, but was unsuccessful.
Both candidates have announced labor endorsements in the past few weeks. Mannion has the support of several labor organizations, including the New York State AFL-CIO, New York State United Teachers and United Auto Workers Region 9.
On Friday, Antonacci announced he has been endorsed by the Civil Service Employees Association, a union representing public sector employees.
The 50th Senate District is expected to be one of the most competitive state Senate races in New York. Both parties have said it's a high priority.
In his new digital ad, Mannion explains why he's the best fit for the district.
"We need real leadership from Albany and someone who will fight for our communities; that is why I am running for state Senate," he said.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.