Bracco announces run for Sheriff

By Jillian Marshall

May 14, 2014 Updated May 15, 2014 at 6:11 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Another name will be added to the ballot for Broome County Sheriff this November, Captain Chris Bracco announced his candidacy on Wednesday.

In front of a crowd filled with friends, loved ones, local leaders and supporters at the Endicott Visitors Center, Chris Bracco, 42, announced that he is officially running for Broome County Sheriff.

The Democratic candidate said if he is elected, he will make the current heroin epidemic a top priority and partner the community with the sheriff's office.

"We want to partner up with education officials, we want to get into the schools, we want to invest in children," Bracco said. "And we want to take smart proactive approaches to law enforcement to keep, for example children, from getting arrested to begin with."

Currently, Bracco is the Captain of the night shift for Binghamton Police Department and the commander for the city's K-9 unit. He has been a member of BPD since 1995.

Bracco said he will bring a new attitude to the office and wants to work on having the Sheriff's Office and community work together.

"The real challenge is going to be bringing the community together and bringing law enforcement together so that everyone works toward a common goal, that's the real challenge and that's something that's not a number, it's not on a piece of paper, and that's what I bring to the table," Bracco said.

As of now, Bracco does not have anyone in mind to be his Undersheriff but said he is excited to start the process of finding someone.

Bracco is in the process of changing party affiliations from Republican to Democrat. Chairman of the Broome County Democrats Jim Testani said the committee unanimously approved to let Bracco change his affiliation. That change will go into effect the day after the election.

He is running against the Republican incumbent Sheriff David Harder.

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