Pelella running for re-election

By Jillian Marshall

March 26, 2014 Updated Mar 26, 2014 at 11:19 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local city judge isn't ready to step down just yet, he is vying for ten more years in the top seat.

The Hon. William Pelella announced he wants to be the Binghamton City Court Judge for ten more years in front of dozens of family, friends and supporters on Wednesday.

Pelella has over three decades of experience in the criminal justice system, and he cites his experience as a reason voters should choose him.

"I've handled everything from a speeding ticket to a death penalty case," Pelella said. "I have the experience that's really needed when the criminal justice system plays such an important role in our community."

He is currently the presiding judge over the city's drug court.

"I think it's a win win for the community, I think it helps eliminate crimes, the stealing and the violence and make these people productive citizens," Pelella said, "which they have the potential to be."

The Democrat said he wants to continue to work on the drug court and create a special court exclusively for veterans.

As of now, there are no candidates running against him.

The election will be in November.

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