A year after winning a special election to become Broome County Executive, Debbie Preston has won a full four-year term. YNN's Chris Whalen has reaction from Preston, as well as her challenger.
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. – Three hundred and sixty-four days since she was chosen in a special election as Broome County Executive, Debbie Preston does it again, winning a full four-year term.
"Every decision that I've made since becoming your County Executive has been about the people of Broome County. This is your county, it is not mine. I ran again this year to continue doing your work, nothing has changed. I'm still the People's Candidate and the People's County Executive," Preston said.
Preston earned 63 percent of the vote, beating out challenger Tarik Abdelazim by a margin of more than 18,000 votes.
"At the end of the day, I'm proud about what we did. I want to raise the issues, I want to talk about our future, I want to talk about what's important to people. I think I did that very well, I'm just a bit disappointed about how things turned, but that's what democracy is," Abdelazim said.
After winning a special election in 2011, it was a short turn around for Preston who found herself as a candidate once again after just ten months. Despite her first year in office being an election year, Preston says she still made tough decisions that might not have been popular with everyone.
"I know that it's been said that 'oh she's doing all these things because she's up for election.' No, if that was the case I wouldn't have made some of the decisions I made. No, everything is going to stay the same, I'm going to work just as hard as I have these last ten months," Preston said.
On her docket for the next four years: Continuing to cut costs in county government, bringing more jobs to the area and improving infrastructure.
"We still have a lot more to go and it's going to take time, and I'm confident we're going to get the job done and Broome County is going to come back to what it was years ago," Preston said.
Preston will officially take office again on January 1st.