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In this Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, Assemblyman Gary Finch and Democratic challenger Diane Dwire participate in a debate at Cayuga Community College.

Another labor union has endorsed Democratic challenger Diane Dwire in the 126th Assembly District race. 

The New York State AFL-CIO, which has 2.5 million members, endorsed Dwire, D-Camillus, over Assemblyman Gary Finch. 

It's the latest endorsement for Dwire, who also has the support of New York State United Teachers

Finch, R-Springport, was the only incumbent in the Cayuga County state legislative delegation not to receive the AFL-CIO's support. The union backed state Sen. John DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Bob Oaks, both of whom are running unopposed. 

The AFL-CIO also endorsed state Sen. Jim Seward, a Republican who is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Jermaine Bagnall-Graham. 

The endorsements were made at the union's 33rd Constitutional Convention in New York City. 

"All of these candidates understand the priorities of working men and women," New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said. "They are committed to fighting hard for issues important to working people which is why we will fight hard to get them elected."

The union didn't make an endorsement in the 54th Senate District race. The seat is being vacated by state Sen. Michael Nozzolio, who is retiring at the end of the year. 

Five Republicans — Pam Helming, Sean Hanna, Brian Manktelow, Floyd Rayburn and Jon Ritter — are vying for the party's nomination in the Sept. 13 primary. The Democratic candidate in the race is Rose Supervisor Kenan Baldridge. 

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