David: 'I want to listen to residents'

By Erika Mahoney

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Republican mayoral candidate Rich David says he wants to improve the city's basic services.

"I think there are so many challenges right now and I think I have the skill set to really improve Binghamton by focusing on basic city services," David said. "Things like crime, jobs, taxes, potholes, infrastructure, blight and better managing money."

Action News caught up with David on the south side as he went door to door.

Except for the occasional holiday, David said he has been knocking on doors every night since he was allowed to begin collecting signatures June 4.

"I've enjoyed having those conversations with residents, but also listening to them. Because it's not just about the message and vision for the city I have. I want to listen to the residents about what their concerns are in the neighborhood and what their concerns about the city are as a whole."

It's not David's first time seeking City Hall's center chair. He ran for mayor in 2009.

"The city must return to basic city services instead of focusing on issues and causes that it really has no influence, impact, or control over. I think we need more police officers. I think we need to eliminate unneeded, unnecessary administrative positions that have been created in city hall."

David worked in the mayor's office from 2000 to 2005, serving his last three years there as deputy mayor.

"Having worked at City Hall as deputy mayor, and being a business owner, really gives me a unique skill set to come in City Hall day one and hit the ground running."

But before he heads to the general election, he has to win the Republican primary in September.

"I'm certainly very excited about primary day, because the message that I receive from the residents across this city is we are behind you, we are supporting you, and we are going to vote for you on primary day."

Up until primary day, David will continue making his way through neighborhoods and sharing his ideas.