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Fadden Fitch takes second stab at state Assembly

Christina Fadden Fitch is running again for state Assembly.

In 2008, Fitch opposed incumbent Joan Christiansen for the Assembly seat in the 119th District that includes part of the city of Syracuse and the towns of Salina, DeWitt and Onondaga. Christiansen, a Democrat, refused to debate Fitch, a Republican, who went on to lose by a wide margin.

In January, Christiansen announced that she would not seek re-election in November. The former Syracuse Common Councilor was first elected to the Assembly in 1990.

Now that the 119th Assembly race is wide open, the Republican Party voted June 1 to abandon Fitch, its 2008 torch-bearer, in favor of good ol' boy John Sharon, a senior assistant county attorney.

Taking a cue from Joanie Mahnoey, who overcame rejection by those same GOP good ol' boys to become county executive in 2007, Fitch welcomes the chance to face Sharon in the Sept. 15 primary.

Mahoney paved the way

Three years ago Mahoney beat both her Republican primary opponent, Dale Sweetland, and a Democratic candidate, Bill Magnarelli, to win Onondaga County's top office. She squeaked by Sweetland in the GOP primary by a mere 21 votes before burying Magnarelli in November by more than 25,000 votes.

Fitch envisions a similar scenario in the 119th District campaign this year, although her eventual Democratic opposition may prove more difficult to overcome. Democrats running to replace Christiansen include the well-financed Syracuse City Auditor Phil LaTessa, Jane Fahey-Suddaby, assistant superintendent for instructional support service at Oswego County BOCES, and Sam Roberts, superintendent of the Hughes State Office Building.

DeWitt attorney Michael Donnelly will also run for the 119th seat on the Green Party line.

And regardless of the outcome of the GOP primary, both Fitch and Sharon will remain on the November ballot.

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