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Matt Ryan To Run For Broome County Sheriff

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The race for Broome County Sheriff has taken on a new twist. Former City of Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan told Fox 40 he will be entering the contest.

Ryan is a Democrat but he will be running as the Working Families Party candidate, securing him a spot on the ballot come November.

Ryan does not have a background in law enforcement. Before serving two terms as mayor, he worked as a senior public defender for 15 years for Broome County. He says he is running because Broome County needs a progressive who will tackle criminal justice reform.

"I know about the criminal justice system. One of the main reasons why I am running is because we have a mass incarceration problem in this country," said Ryan, "Everybody, even the Koch brothers recognize is a broken system."

Candidates have until Friday to file their petitions with the Broome County Board of Elections.

Records show that Ryan and incumbent Republican Sheriff David Harder have already submitted their signatures.

Veteran law enforcement officer and Republican Jason Ellis, who is expected to primary Harder for their party's nomination has yet to file his petitions as of Tuesday night.