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Cayuga County Conservative Party Announces 2024 Endorsements


The Cayuga County Conservative Party has announced its picks for the upcoming election cycle.

Much like the Cayuga County Republican Party, Conservatives endorsed Will Barclay, John Lemondes, and Jeff Gallahan for the three state assembly districts within the county.

Barclay represents the 120th district, comprising Victory, Sterling, and Ira in Cayuga County. Gallahan’s district, the 131st, meanders from Ontario to Chenango Counties. The district includes the Cayuga County Towns of Aurelius, Fleming, Genoa, Ledyard, Locke, Montezuma, Moravia, Niles, Scipio, Sempronius, Springport, Summerhill, and Venice.

Lemondes is seeking reelection to the 126th State Assembly District which includes the City of Auburn and the Towns of Brutus, Cato, Conquest, Mentz, Owasco, Sennett, and Throop. He faces off against Democrat and Auburn School Board President Democrat Ian Phillips.

In Congressional races, Claudia Tenney received the party’s support in her reelection bid in the 24th Congressional District. As the county could be split between two congressional districts, the party endorsed Brandon Williams for the 22nd district.

In the race for State Senate, Caleb Slater was chosen by Conservatives to represent the 48th State Senate District which comprises all of Cayuga County and the eastern part of Onondaga County, including Syracuse and Skaneateles.. He is facing off against fellow Syracuse Republican Fanny Villarreal in a June primary. While Villarreal has received the backing of the Onondaga County Republican Party, Slater has been backed by the Onondaga County Conservative Party and the Cayuga County Republican and Conservative Parties. He told Finger Lakes News Radio it’s an honor to receive so much support.

“I’m humbled that all of these committees have gotten behind this campaign,” Slater said. “I think it’s a testament to the amount of hard work that our team and I have spent over the last year building relationships with them and sharing real solutions for the issues facing our district.”

The winner of the primary will appear on the ballot against incumbent State Senator Rachel May, a Democrat, in November.

Conservatives also picked Melissa Deyo for Fleming Town Council.

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