Rochester, NY (WROC) - Women's rights continues to be at the center of the 55th District state senate race.
Local advocates for women's equality held a protest against Republican candidate, Rich Funke Friday. They say Funke is against women, specifically the Women's Equality Act.
Funke is running against Senator Ted O'Brien for the seat. O'Brien's recent campaign ads slam Funke, claiming he opposes women's rights and equal pay. Advocates are calling on Funke to take part in a public forum to explain his views.
The Executive Director of Planned Parenthood for Central & Western New York, Betty DeFazio, says she wants Funke to "explains his rhetoric."
"We are inviting him to a campaign candidate forum," explains DeFazio. "It's really to accommodate his schedule for whenever it would work for him, because he's already cancelled two debates."
Funke's campaign responded by saying:
"Rich Funke cares deeply about women's rights, health and safety, and that's why, when he is elected to the senate, he will fight to enact an equal pay law, and protections against workplace discrimination, harassment and domestic abuse.