Drazen joins Republican mayoral race

By Jillian Marshall

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 12:43 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The race for city of Binghamton mayor gets bigger. Douglas Drazen officially announced his candidacy for mayor on Tuesday.

Drazen is the third Republican mayoral candidate in the race.

It's Drazen's third time running for mayor, but the first time running as a Republican. He ran on the Independent Party ticket twice in failed campaigns against Mayor Matt Ryan.

The theme of his latest campaign is "a new beginning."

He says his goal is to improve the reputation of the city, back, he says, to what it used to be.

"What I offer is a new beginning where we will establish the city's reputation as the safest and cleanest city in upstate New York," Drazen said.

The 2010 Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino was also present, speaking on behalf of Drazen's candidacy.

Republican mayoral candidate Edward Hickey III said Tuesday he welcomes Drazen to the race. In a statement Hickey released he said,"this year is different, the citizens have a choice."

Republican candidate Rich David on Tuesday questioned Drazen's motive of changing political parties. In a statement, David said, "He is willing to say and do whatever he can to get votes, even if it means abandoning a party and its principals."

The only democratic candidate, city council president Teri Rennia, also welcomed Drazen to the race.