Race to Fill the 52nd Senate District Seat Could Get Interesting

With the 52nd Senate District becoming vacant for the first time since 1988, a number of people have begun expressing interest in running for the seat this coming November. The seat, which has a slight Republican advantage in terms of party enrollment, has not been held by a Democrat in over 100 years.

Potential Republican candidates include Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch and Jerry Marinich, chairman of the Broome County Legislature. Binghamton Mayor Richard David has declined to run.

On the Democratic side, former Broome County Executive and state Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner Barbara Fiala, a Democrat, said that she plans to announce her candidacy next week. Gov. Cuomo and Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins have already endorsed her candidacy.