Former TV Anchor to Challenge Freshman Rochester-Area Senator


On Wednesday, Rochester television anchor Rich Funke announced that he will challenge first-term Democrat Ted O’Brien for the 55th Senate District seat as a Republican.


The district includes Part of Rochester, Irondequoit, Pittsford and part of Ontario County.  It was represented by Republican Jim Alesi since the mid-1990’s; he did not run for re-election in 2012.  Senator O’Brien defeated Republican Assemblyman Sean Hanna in 2012.