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Senate candidate Gia Arnold is stepping away from the campaign for personal reasons.

The Holley woman was vying for the 62nd district covering Orleans County. Senator George Maziarz announced he was retiring recently after representing the district for almost 20 years.

In a letter posted to the Republican candidate’s Facebook page late last night, she admitted to an extramarital affair that she said began in August.

She says campaign funds will be donated to a local charity of majority vote on the Facebook page.

Two people remain the race now with Democrat Johnny Destino and Conservative Rob Ortt.

Here is the entirety of her letter:

It is with sincerest apologies that I must step away from actively campaigning this election cycle.

I have appreciated all of the support, encouragement, and donations along the way and hope to continue the relationships that I have made further.

I can only hope that district 62 will be led in Albany by a strong, Constitutional, and honest servant this coming year.

Any money left in my campaign account will be donated to a local charity of majority vote on my Facebook page.

Any events I was to attend will be cancelled and not rescheduled.

I have made personal decisions that have ultimately resulted in the necessity of my stepping down from the campaign.

I participated in an extramarital affair beginning in August of this year. It was an excuse for an escape from an already declining marriage. I cannot regret the decisions I have made, but I can admit to being happier presently than before.

It is for my ex husband, my children, my family and friends that I must publicly admit to my actions as I believe honesty and integrity are of utmost importance in life.

I hope that all I have disappointed will understand that I am only human and imperfect. I will be available for public comment and want to make available my cell phone number so that any constituent that may want to speak with me has that ability.

Thank you again.

Gia Arnold

585 402 5135



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