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Caleb Slater officially launches GOP bid to challenge Sen. Rachel May

A man stands in a large room in front of microphones with more than a dozen people around him holding signs that say "Caleb Slater for State Senate."
John Smith
Caleb Slater launches his bid for the 48th senate district at Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville Jan. 18, 2024.

Another Republican announced his candidacy Thursday for the 48th State Senate District seat currently held by democrat Rachel May. During his campaign kick-off event in Baldwinsville, Caleb Slater says he wants to keep businesses and people from leaving the state. He was against the firing of medical professionals around the state for their unwillingness to get the COVID-19 vaccine as a mandated condition of employment.

“I was in the courtroom in Rochester, New York defending and supporting medical professionals of conformed consent when they sued New York State for wrongful termination.”

Slater will be seeking the Republican nomination along with Fanny Villarreal who just picked up the endorsement of retired Republican Senator John DeFrancisco. Slater complimented her for her years of community involvement in Syracuse. However, Slater feels he has broader support in the district with more than 50 endorsements.

“From town supervisors to county legislators in both Cayuga and Onondaga County," Slater said. "So while Fanny has the support from Senator DeFrancisco, I’m not intimidated by that. Because ultimately he’s one person and the person who earns the most of the people is what matters.”

Slater says he is the only candidate running in the race who has lived in Auburn, the Finger Lakes area and in Syracuse, much of the same territory covered by the 48th senate district. Over the past ten years, Slater has actively lobbied for legislation and has advocated for policy initiatives.

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