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Broome County DA Candidates Vote

By Alex Howard.
The candidates for Broome County District Attorney voted Tuesday morning. Both have engaged in an escalating war of words over the political airwaves leading up to Election Day.

Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen voted at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Vestal. This is the eighth election for the incumbent Democrat who has held the position since 1987. He compared waiting for results much like waiting for jury deliberation in a murder trial.

"Well the election process is similar to a trial process, you gather the information, you present it as fully and fairly as you can and hope that your fellow citizens have the information they need, and just wait for the outcome," said Mollen.

Republican candidate for Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell was up bright and early with his wife at Anne G McGuiness Elementary School to cast his vote Tuesday morning. When asked about how he felt about the election, Cornwell commented that it was his first time ever being on the ballot, and that it was exciting and nerve racking all at the same time.

"Yes it is my first run, first time I've ever seen my name on a ballot, so I am very excited and I deal with the stress by working and the rest just takes care of itself," said Cornwell.

Cornwell's recent ad campaign attacking Gerald Mollen claims that the incumbent prefers to offer plea deals to criminals, a commercial that Mollen called, "misleading".