Helming, O’Mara hold big fundraising leads

The campaigns for the region’s two Republican incumbent state senators are well ahead of their Democratic challengers just weeks away from election day, according to state Board of Election filings.

Republican State Sen. Pam Helming, who is seeking her second two-year term after succeeding longtime state Sen. Mike Nozzolio in the 54th District, had $146,515, according to filings due Oct. 10.

Her Democratic opponent, Rose Town Supervisor Kenan Baldridge, reported having $33,520 available.

A well-funded Helming beat Baldridge by a wide margin in 2016 in a district where Republicans have a significant enrollment advantage.

The 54th includes all of Ontario, Seneca and Wayne counties.

In the 58th Senate District, Republican state Senate candidate Tom O’Mara had nearly $275,000 available, while his Democratic opponent, Amanda Kirchgessner, had a balance of $27,795.

O’Mara is seeking his third state Senate term, while this is Kirchgessner’s first run for elected office.

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