Unions representing the city’s firefighters and police officers support the Democratic candidate in the 50th Senate District race.
Auburn Police Local 195 and Auburn Firefighters Union Local 1446 endorsed John Mannion for state Senate. Mannion, D-Westvale, is running to succeed retiring Republican state Sen. John DeFrancisco.
The Republican candidate in the race is Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci.
Auburn Police Local 195 met with Mannion nearly a month ago, according to Chris Major, a member of the union and a school resource officer in the Auburn Enlarged City School District.
Major said Mannion, an Advanced Placement biology teacher at West Genesee High School in Camillus, understands the public sector and “speaks the same language we do.”
“He’s kind of a breath of fresh air,” Major said. “I think he’ll do an excellent job. He’s a man of the people.”