David Running for Mayor

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 27, 2009 at 12:13 AM EDT

A Binghamton business owner is running for Mayor.

Republican Rich David, no stranger to City Hall, made his candidacy official tonight.

Action News Reporter Reed Buterbaugh tells us why David says he's the man for the job.

He's got the stickers, the balloons, and even the t-shirts.

Tonight Richard David officially announced his candidacy for mayor of Binghamton.

And the people that packed the Terra Cotta are ready for change..

"People that come in are very excited for Rich and I think he'd make a great mayor," June Harding of Binghamton said.

"I can't wait for Rich David to get elected," Mark Bowman of Binghamton said.

David was Deputy Mayor during the Bucci administration for six years.

He says during that time learned how to efficiently run a government.

"You need to be proactive you need to reign in spending," David said. "You need to have very tight control over the city budget and you need to make wise decisions."

Last night Mayor Matt Ryan announced a 10 percent cut in the budgets of the police and fire departments.

David says such a bold measure would do more harm than good.

"You want to do it steadily over a course of years not target them in one year for swift, sever cuts that will have a significant impact on public safety," David said.

David says instead, he would eliminate many of the administrative positions Ryan created and force city employees to do more with less.

Now that he's announced his candidacy the question is, what type of campaign will David run? The 2005 mayoral race was filled with negative campaigning, but David says don't expect the same.

"That will not happen this time around. I intend to run a very positive grassroots, issue-oriented campaign," David said.

The next step for David, going door to door introducing himself to voters.

David is currently the public affairs officer for Broome Community College.

He also owns Flashbacks and Terra Cotta in downtown Binghamton.

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