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David Rules Out Run for Vacant Libous Seat

Binghamton Mayor Rich David made his decision. He will not run for the 52nd state senate district seat.

In a statement released Sunday afternoon, David said over the past few days he received a lot of encouragement to run for New York State Senate.

"I'm grateful for the confidence that both voters and elected officials across the region have placed in me. However, after careful consideration, I have decided not to pursue the vacant 52nd Senate District seat."

The Republican first-term mayor said he would consider running for the seat shortly after Sen. Thomas Libous was found guilty of lying to the FBI in a White Plains federal courtroom on Wednesday.

David said he wants to see through his commitment and goals for the City of Binghamton.

"City residents put their faith in me and I want to focus on implementing my vision for improving our community. While I appreciate the consideration, I have officially notified the Republican Party of my decision to not seek the nomination to run for Senate."

The 52nd District is made up of Broome, Tioga, Chenango and parts of Delaware counties.

Democrat and former Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala announced this week she would enter the race in November.

Bijoy Datta, Broome County Republican Chairman, has said the party is in the the process of finding a candidate.

At 10, we will bring you the latest on the race for the 52nd district.