Rich David will not run for Binghamton Mayor

By Kelly McCarthy

February 24, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Richard David announced he will not seek the Republican nomination for Binghamton Mayor in November.

David attributes problems paying property taxes for his commercial buildings in Binghamton as the reason he will not seek office.

In a statement sent to the media Friday, David said, “I worked hard to pay off the balance, with interest, as soon as possible, and am current on all my tax obligations. However, I believe those seeking higher office should be held to a higher standard.”

David is a real estate and business owner and works as public information officer at Broome Community College.

He ran against Mayor Matthew Ryan in the 2009 election.