Funke is planning to challenge Democrat Ted O'Brien for the 55th District Senate seat in November. He will run on the Republican line. Funke recently retired after a long career at Rochester's NBC affiliate, WHEC-TV. This would be his first time in politics.
"Our schools have taken a big hit here in terms of state aid. We need to do a better job with that. We also need to do a better job in upstate New York making sure we get the state aid we need for the projects that are important to us; and to make sure that we get an equal share of that state aid," he said.
In a statement, Senator Ted O'Brien said "I'm proud of my record and am confident that the hard-working men and women of Monroe and Ontario counties will re-elect me this fall."
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