An Ontario County businessman and Tompkins County legislator are among a dozen people hoping to get the GOP nomination to run for the 54th state Senate District
There have been more developments this week in the race for the 54th state Senate District. Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler, known in the region from his years as lead anchor with WETM-TV in Elmira, declared his interest in the GOP nomination. Meanwhile, Ontario County businessman Floyd Rayburn, also a Republican, formally announced his candidacy at a gathering of family and friends outside his business, R.G. Rayburn Mason Contractors, Inc., in Hopewell.
GOP committees in the six-county district plan to meet May 25 to nominate one Republican to run for the seat being vacated by state Sen. Mike Nozzolio, R-Fayette. Nozzolio is not seeking re-election as he recovers from open heart surgery.
Ontario County Republican Committee Chairman Doug Finch said about a dozen people are interested and the committees have been interviewing potential nominees. Others who have publicly announced throwing their hat in the ring include Lyons Town Supervisor Brian Manktelow and John Tubridy, a member of the Webster Republican Committee.
Canandaigua Town Supervisor Pam Helming did not make a formal announcement but is pursuing the GOP nomination.
The nominee picked May 25 will receive the unified backing of all the district’s Republican leaders. Democrat Kenan Baldridge, in his third term as Rose Town Supervisor, has been endorsed by all Democratic chairs from the district’s six counties.
The district covers portions of Ontario, Wayne, Seneca and Cayuga counties, the Monroe County town of Webster and the Tompkins County town of Lansing.
Sigler, of Lansing, left broadcast journalism in 2002 to run for Assembly against Democrat Barbara Lifton, garnering 42 percent of the vote.
Rayburn leads a family contracting business that employs about 50 people. His community involvement includes serving as a chairman of the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce, chairman of a statewide contractor association, and as a mentor with Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA).