Town supervisor from Wayne County is running to unseat Pam Helming in the 54th state Senate District
Rose Town Supervisor Kenan Baldridge, who ran for state Senate in 2016, is back in the race for the 54th district challenging incumbent Pam Helming.
Baldridge, who announced his campaign in May, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. He has the endorsement of Democratic committees in the district, including Ontario and Wayne County Democrats and committees for the cities of Canandaigua and Geneva.
Re-elected three times as supervisor in Rose, Baldridge now in his fourth term as supervisor and chairs the Health and Medical Committee on the Wayne County Board of Supervisors. He served for 11 years on the North Rose-Wolcott Board of Education and has over 40 years in active volunteer fire service.
Baldridge cites ethics reform, landfills, education, safety, and women’s rights as key issues.
“In my first hundred days in office I will sponsor legislation to limit outside income for legislators, require pension forfeiture if convicted of corruption, and close the ‘LLC loophole’ so you can know where campaign money really comes from,” Baldridge stated in a campaign release.
Helming, a Republican from Canandaigua, is seeking her second term in the Senate district that covers all of Wayne and Seneca counties, portions of Ontario and Cayuga counties and the towns of Webster in Monroe County and Lansing in Tompkins County. Endorsements she has received include those from the six Republican chairs representing counties of the 54th.
Baldridge will be in Geneva Friday evening for a Meet the Candidates event at 151 N. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. He said he looks forward to talking with voters and listening to their concerns. Specifics of his platform include converting landfills into state-of-the-art recycling centers and creating a proposed Education Trust Fund. The fund would be supported by lottery monies to fund public education and increase financial aid, and improving protections for battered and abused women. Baldridge also plans to focus on equality and safety in the workplace for women.
“Women are the legal and social equals of men, and I will support the effort to make this happen in law,” stated Baldridge. “Equal pay for equal work, non-discrimination for mothers in the workplace and an end to human trafficking.”
In the 2016 general election, Helming won with nearly 56 percent of the vote in a three-way contest between Helming, Baldridge and Reform candidate Floyd Rayburn.
Baldridge, a native of Wayne County, graduated from North Rose Central School, attended Middlebury College and earned his degree from University of Akron. Professionally trained in public administration, he is an experienced public manager and has been a consultant for organizations throughout North America “to bring them out of the red and restore them to profitability,” according to his campaign.