Drazen Announces Candidacy

By Julianne Sweeney

July 22, 2010 Updated May 25, 2009 at 11:40 PM EDT

A familiar face in Binghamton is aiming to take City Hall's top office.

Independent Douglas Walter Drazen announced he'll run for Binghamton Mayor.

Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney tells us how Drazen plans to establish the City as the safest and cleanest in Upstate.

Douglas Walter Drazen will run for the Mayor of Binghamton.

The Independent lost to Democrat Mayor Matt Ryan in the 2005 election.

"It was a worthwhile effort, and I have not forgotten." said Drazen.

Drazen made his announcement on the front lawn of the Broome County Court House.

His goal is to turn Binghamton into the safest and cleanest city in Upstate New York.

"I believe that long-term commitment to pursuing that kind of goal is Binghamton's best hope for getting back on top." said Drazen.

Drazen was born and raised in Binghamton.

He's married and has a young daughter.

"We want to see more people with families, ya know, moving to Binghamton, not have it have a bad reputation." said Kristen Drazen.

Drazen believes a safe and clean reputation would attract more middle and upper class families to Binghamton.

"I like his ideas. He's not a yes-man. I think and feel he will get things done for the City and the residents." said Robert Heath of Binghamton.

Drazen says he'll run a cost-effective campaign.

He estimates he spent around $15-thousand in 2005.

"I also like the fact that he didn't spend much money last time, and he got so close." said Terese Anne Joseph of Binghamton.

2005 was close race that Drazen cannot forget.

4 years later, the Mayor's job is a goal he thinks is within his grasp.

"Hopefully in about 160 and some days, we will be making that victory speech on election night." said Drazen.

Drazen also plans to run under the "Binghamton's New Beginning" ticket.

He says he believes people of all parties need to work together to reach one shared goal.

Democrat Mayor Matt Ryan is running for a second term.

Businessman Garo Kachadourian and city clerk Joseph Merrill plan to challenge Ryan in a Democratic primary.

The winner will face Republican Richard David and Drazen in this November's election.

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