Former Binghamton Deputy Mayor Rich David surprised local Republicans by announcing that he will not run for Mayor this November as expected.
In a news release on Friday, David wrote that he would not seek the office because of a history of falling behind on his taxes for 60 Court Street which houses Flashbacks, a bar that he owns. Although he says he is now current on his taxes, he did forego tax payments during a difficult financial time in favor of keeping the business open. David says he didn't want the issue to become a distraction and that he believes elected officials should be held to a higher standard. The Republican businessman had been expected to officially launch his campaign at a fundraiser scheduled for this Thursday. David says he will be returning contributions already made in support of his run.
Broome County GOP Chairman Dave Hamlin says that while he was shocked and disappointed by David's decision, Republicans wasted no time over the weekend lining up another viable candidate. While not revealing the identity, Hamlin says a qualified person has been found and that the person will be a surprise to the media. Hamlin says the candidate will be making an announcement soon.