Killian, Mayer state Senate race heats up

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The race between Julie Killian and Shelley Mayer is getting heated just days before the special election for the 37th District state Senate seat.

The two women running for the seat vacated by Westchester County Executive George Latimer spent the final week before the election battling it out.

On Tuesday, Democrat Shelley Mayer said her Republican opponent Julie Killian is associated with people who support right-wing propaganda. This includes people like Denise Ward, who tweeted and retweeted attacks on the Parkland school shooting survivors. Ward posted another tweet that compared Planned Parenthood to the Nazis during the Holocaust. Just last week, Ward hosted a fundraiser for Killian.

“Ward was a part of her team. To me, she represents the kind of thinking that has permeated this campaign and to me is unacceptable,” said Mayer.

Killian declined to do an interview with News 12, but a spokesperson for her campaign said, "The moment Julie found out about the tweets from Denise Ward, she disavowed them in the strongest terms and decided to return any money she raised or contributed."

The spokesperson added that the issue is a distraction from Mayer, who didn't help two women eight years ago who claimed they were sexually harassed while Mayer served as chief counsel for the Senate Democrats.

There were shouters and protesters on both sides during Killian's news conference Friday when she claimed Mayer was at fault for not helping women.

The election is scheduled for April 24.

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