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The 127th Assembly District covers six towns on the eastern side of Onondaga County in central New York. In 2014, incumbent Democrat Al Stirpe faced off against Republican challenger Rob DeMarco in one of the most competitive state legislative races in the region.0000017a-3c50-d913-abfe-bd54a88a0000This year, Onondaga Country Republicans have unified in an effort to win the seat. After a divisive primary between Vince Giordano and Michael Becallo, Giordano won the right to put his name on the ballot come November by just 40 votes.In one of the few state races this year with a challenger, incumbent Democrat Al Stirpe goes up against Republican challenger Vicent Giordano.You can hear a conversation between the two candidates for the 127th Assembly District on the Campbell Conversations.

Al Stirpe announces his intent to run

It’ll be election deja-vu for some Onondaga County voters this year when it comes to the 127th Assembly District seat. An incumbent who lost two years ago is jumping back into the ring.

Al Stirpe, a Democrat and former two-term Assemblyman, announced his intent to take on Assemblyman Don Miller this November. It could be one of the most competitive races in Central New York. Stirpe lost by just under a thousand votes two years ago in a race fueled, in large part, by anti-incumbent Tea Party sentiment.

“I think the tea party atmosphere has died down considerably. I think it’ll be a year when what’s going to matter is what people have done in the past,” Stirpe said.

And Stirpe says he’s comfortable with that, labeling Miller as an anti-governmental lawmaker who is so ideological that he’s lost touch with people. Miller goes into the race with a voter registration edge in the newly formed district. That advantage would put 8,000 more voters in his camp than Stirpe’s between those registered as Republicans or in other third parties.

The 127th District runs down the eastern end of Onondaga County from the town of Clay to the Cortland County line.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.