Rich David announces mayoral candidacy

By Michelle Costanza

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Rich David held an official kick-off to his campaign Thursday night to announce his candidacy for Binghamton mayor.

Binghamton residents gathered at Terra Cotta to show support and help David and get the word out.

David bowed out of the race in 2009 but said that this year he is in it for the long haul.

"Essentially, the reason I'm running for mayor is to get Binghamton back on track- we need to get back to the basics," said David.

David has held many positions in the past, and has spent six years working in city hall.

He began as director of community relations and was deputy mayor. David is also a small business and property owner, and has been the public affairs officer at Broome Community College for the past seven years.

"I think it really gives me a wide lens to view the very complex economic and financial issues facing the city of Binghamton. We need to focus on economic development, creating jobs, making Binghamton safer, and most importantly, addressing quality of life issues in Binghamton's parks and neighborhoods," said David.

David noted that he plans to step down from his position at Broome Community College and sell the State St. bar Flashbacks so he can focus on his campaign.