Rennia: David's campaign 'too negative'

By Megan Carpenter

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 7:13 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With only five days until the Binghamton mayoral election, mayoral candidates are speaking out on campaign styles and issues.

Democratic candidate Teri Rennia challenged Republican candidate Rich David on his entire campaign.

She said David talks too much about the negative aspects of Binghamton.

"I'm hearing from residents when I'm out campaigning or when I'm in the grocery store that they don't hear him talking about anything except police police police," Rennia said, "and they want to hear about other things, so I'm calling on him to do that. The voters have a right to know."

She said "campaigns based on fear never yield good leaders."

The candidates voiced concerns over each other's initiatives.

Rich David defended his plan for public safety.

"If you look at the statistics crime is on the rise, so talking about the issue identifying an issue and proposing a meaningful solution is not being negative," David said. "It's just shining a spotlight on the issue and talking about what we can do to solve the problem in a meaningful way."

Both candidates said their main duty is to speak for the people of Binghamton.