Broome Co. Democrats pick candidate to run against Sen. Libous

Courtesy of Senator Libous
July 3, 2014

Binghamton-area State Senator Tom Libous has announced that he will run for re-election this November. The announcement comes a day after a court in Westchester County unsealed a federal indictment against Libous.

Democrats in Broome County held their regular officers meeting Tuesday and, at that meeting, former Town of Vestal supervisor Anndrea Starzak received the party’s endorsement to run against Libous.

James Testani, Broome County Democratic chairman, acknowledges that, despite Libous’ legal troubles, Starzak faces an uphill battle.

“He’s a tough campaigner and he’s been around a long time," says Testani. "The thing that Anndrea has going for her is that she was in public office, she knows how to work a campaign, she knows a candidate for office.”

Senator Libous is charged with lying to federal agents investigating the hiring and payment arrangements of a job at a Westchester County law firm formerly held by his son, Matthew.

Libous maintains his innocence and announced the day the indictment was unsealed that he will run for re-election. He was first elected 26 years ago and is the number two Republican in the Senate.

Testani says it was a lucky coincidence that Libous suddenly appeared vulnerable, right as the party held its last meeting before the deadline to get on the ballot.

“You know finding a candidate for the Senate is not an easy thing and that’s why you know here we are, in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending somebody up to the plate with this.”

To get on the ballot, Starzak has until July 10 to collect 1,000 signatures from registered Democrats in the 52nd Senate district, which includes all of Broome and parts of Tioga, Chenango and Delaware Counties.