Sheriff Harder seeks fifth reelection

By Jillian Marshall

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 12:13 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County Sheriff David Harder is looking to stay in his office for another four years. He announced Wednesday that he is running for his fifth consecutive term as the county's top cop.

Close to 100 supporters came out to hear the sheriff formally announce his candidacy at Brothers Two Restaurant in Endwell, including Broome County Executive Debbie Preston (R) who introduced the Sheriff in a deputy uniform.

The Republican was joined on stage with his immediate family.

He was first elected for sheriff in 1998. He said things are very different now compared to 15 years ago when he first took office, especially technology.

Harder said he wants to continue serving as county sheriff because he says the work is not finished and he wants to continue serving the people of Broome County.

He said he will continue to focus on updating technology if he is reelected.

"We're always progressing at the Sheriff's Office. Technology has changed over the years, I mean we're using apps now so people can just pull things up in the palm of their hand," Harder said.

Harder was first elected in 1998. He served as sheriff through both the 2006 and 2011 floods, and during the American Civic Association shooting.

He is the longest tenured Sheriff in Broome County history.

Broome County Democratic Chairman Jim Testani said their party has some candidates in mind to run against the current sheriff, and Testani is looking forward to a competitive campaign for the spot.