Amanda Kirchgessner, the Democratic candidate challenging State Senator Tom O’Mara for his 58th Senate District seat, has been accused of several instances of domestic violence by her ex-wife.
The Ithaca Times reports Kirchgessner’s ex-wife, Brandi Morgan, told them Kirchgessner took part in a pattern of abusive behavior against her, including pushing, grabbing, throwing objects, verbal abuse and possible threats against pets. State Police reportedly were called to an incident involving the couple in June of 2015.
Despite the claims, Kirchgessner says she will stay in the Senate race.
The 58th Senate District encompasses the following five counties across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions: Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a portion of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses).