Monday, November 26, 2012

Gearing Up for 2013

It's never too early to prepare for tomorrow's battles.

2013's races may not have all the glamour of those in a Presidential election year, but that doesn't mean there aren't some important offices up for grabs.

Topping off the ticket here in Broome County will be the race for Binghamton City Mayor.  Current office-holder Matt Ryan will be term-limited next year leaving the race without an incumbent.  With neither party set to hold the incumbency card, local officials are gearing up for what's sure to be a close and heated race.

The Broome County Clerk will be facing re-election as well as the Johnson City Mayor's office.

For a complete listing of Broome County office terms that will expire in 2013, click here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Local Candidates Unaffected by Obama Enthusiasm

While the man at the top of the GOP ticket may have walked away without a win, it was otherwise a night full of victory speeches for our Broome GOP candidates.

Sure to be at the top of everyone's mind, Debbie Preston's vivacious victory speech gave the crowd quite a thrill.  After a long campaign against challenger Tarik Abdelazim, who insisted on setting a negative tone from the start, the humor-filled speech was a welcome relief.

Senator Libous was on hand too to celebrate his victory against second-time challenger John Orzel.  Keeping true to his wife, Fran's, "break a leg" request, he made his acceptance speech crutch-bound after a slight accident days earlier.

The Broome Legislature's GOP Majority strengthened their previous gains with several wins across the board, notably with Scott Baker's upset over incumbent Steve Herz.

Congratulations are also in order for Rep. Richard Hanna who bested longtime Hinchey affiliate Dan Lamb as well as Rose Sotak, who held on to the Town of Union Supervisor's office against five-time office holder Jack Cheevers.