Door to door with Drazen

By Perry Russom

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamtom) Knocking on doors Monday evening, clipboard in hand, Douglas Walter Drazen said every vote counts.

"People like when you come to their home and make their pitch directly to them," said the Republican mayoral candidate.

Drazen said if he's elected mayor, he will make Binghamton the safest and cleanest city in upstate New York.

"I think that is the way we will address the city's most pressing problem, which is its loss of upper and middle income population," said Drazen.

Before he can head to the general election, he has to win the Republican primary in September.

"Primaries are low-turnout, low-enthusiasm affairs," said Drazen. "For a candidate like me, who's an insurgent, not the establishment candidate, I have to get turnout up."

This isn't Drazen's first time around the block. He's been running for public office since 1996.

This is the fifth election in which he's run.

"What I try to do is to urge them to continue to spreading the word like that because that's how you create the buzz," he said.

Drazen said he hopes to harness that buzz into votes.

"The city enjoyed many decades of prosperity in the 20th century," he said. "I'm not saying we can exactly reproduce that, but there's a spirit that's still out there."

With an election less than 50 days away from Monday, Drazen said he's ready to fight for every single vote.

On Tuesday, Action News is scheduled to interview Republican candidate Ed Hickey as he campaigns around the city

Rich David is scheduled for Wednesday.

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