BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Many eyes are focusing on the heated race between State Senator Antoine Thompson and attorney Mark Grisanti.
Both candidates launched aggressive campaigns as they battle for the 60th State Senate Seat. Antoine Thompson certainly had his work cut out for him in drumming up the vote amid scathing accusations and scandals, which his rival used as high-powered political ammunition.
This particular race was likely the most heated locally. Antoine Thompson is the incumbent facing a strong challenge from Mark Grisanti.
Thompson took office in 2007 and is finishing his second term. The Democrat has been hounded in recent months by perceived scandals. One being a book of his accomplishments paid for by taxpayers. The other, an alleged pay-to-play scandal related to a downstate casino.
As a result, Republican Mark Grisanti demanded that Thompson resign. Grisanti is a defense attorney who is running on the Republican line. Thompson's campaign took issue with the clients Grisanti represents.
Thompson said, "I think this election is about whether or not we value hard work, and if we value results. And I believe in good ol' fashioned American hard work."
"We need to bring the jobs here. We need to pass UB 2020. There's Niagara Falls cargo hub for jobs in the City of Niagara Falls," said Grisanti.
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