Drazen, Hickey vow to bow out of politics

By Jillian Marshall
By Perry Russom

September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Disappointment set in for the two mayoral candidates who failed to garner enough support from Binghamton residents.

The third time wasn't the charm for Binghamton attorney Douglas Drazen.

The candidate received 28 percent of the vote.

Drazen spent Tuesday night at home with his wife, daughter and neighbors.

He said he was disappointed with the outcome of the election, but surprised by how many votes separated him from GOP winner Rich David, who more than doubled Drazen's vote tally.

Overall, Drazen said he was happy with his campaign and felt like he was gaining momentum.

This was the third and final time Drazen said he will be seeking the coveted Republican mayoral seat.

"Twenty years work is about enough. It was a great 20 years in public life," Drazen said. "It was a lot of work, a lot of fighting, but that work and that fight, that phase of my life is over."

Across the city, Ed Hickey watched the results roll in with his family and campaign members at the Double Tree Hotel.

Hickey finished in third receiving nearly 11 percent of the Republican votes.

"I love my hometown and that's why I was doing it, running in Binghamton," said Hickey. "It wasn't about a political aspiration. It's a try to help Binghamton, but it's pretty obvious that I'm going to be helping from the sidelines."

Hickey called Republican nominee David a tried, tested and sound candidate.

Hickey said he can't wait to get back to his business and customers.