Names emerge for mayoral candidates

By Matt Porter

New names emerge in the race to replace current Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan.

February 26, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM EDT

Binghamton , NY (WBNG Binghamton) New names emerge in the Binghamton race for mayor, although no official announcements have been made yet.

Neither party has announced an official candidate. But both sides say they have candidates in mind.

Richard David had been on the short list of Republican candidates until he announced via email last week he would not run.

That was a shock to many Republicans.

Broome County GOP Chairman David Hamlin said the party has found a replacement, although he declined to provide more details.

Like David, Hamlin said the new candidate will have both an education and political background.

"We've got a very strong influence in Binghamton University. We've got to capitalize on those things which we're starting to do so, but more so," Hamlin said.

When asked on Tuesday, Hamlin acknowledged that Stephen Jensen may be on the party's short list of candidates. He works for the Owego-Apalachin School District, but lives in Binghamton and worked for Mayor Richard Bucci as a public relations officer.

On Wednesday, Hamlin said Jensen would not be the candidate.

Hamlin said the announcement on their choice will be made in the next two weeks.

Broome County Democrat Chairman Martin Doorey said the party has three candidates on its short list, including City Council President Teri Rennia, who already announced she's considering a run.

Broome County Legislator Jason Garnar is also reported to be on that list, according to Doorey.

Doorey hopes one candidate will emerge to avoid a primary fight in the fall.

"It's a tremendous drain on resources to have a primary, and while it may help get the name out and get the ideas out," Doorey said, "There's also residual effect and that's not necessarily good."

Democrats did not divulge their third candidate.

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