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Korchak back in the race for Broome County DA

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Michael Korchak held a news conference to announce he’s back in the race for Broome County District Attorney.

Korchak lost in the Republican primary election to Paul Battisti last month. Wednesday morning, he received an endorsement from the Libertarian party. He says he chose the Libertarian party because it stands for less government intervention in people’s lives.

According to Korchak, he was discouraged from running within the republican party after a republican candidate was chosen.

“I don’t feel that I left the Republican party, the Republican party left me,” Korchak said. “I believed at the time when I contacted the party chair that I was the most qualified candidate for the job, and to be told that I wouldn’t even be considered, wouldn’t even get an interview and discouraged from running, that’s not the American way.”

Battisti released the following statement:

“I’m running for District Attorney to fight the opioid epidemic, get tough on dangerous criminals and stand up for crime victims. I’ll keep working to deliver this message to the voters to earn their votes on November 5th.”

Democratic candidate Debra Gelson released this statement:

“I welcome Mr. Korchak back into the race, however this does not change the fact that I am the most qualified candidate to be your next District Attorney.”

The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 5.

WBNG Staff

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