Broome County Democratic Chair James Testani has formally announced his resignation from the position.
In a written statement, Testani says that he will retire from the position effective at the election of a new Chair in January 2017.
Testani says that while his term ends in September, he believes it’s important to have a new chair in place for next year’s election cycle as early as possible.
Testani’s full resignation letter reads:
Last night I informed the Executive Committee of the Broome County Democratic Committee that I am retiring as Broome County Democratic Committee Chair effectiv eat the election of a new Chair at a special meeting of the full committee on January 3, 2017.
While my current term ends next September, I believe that it is important to have a new chair in place as early in the 2017 election cycle as possible. Next year we will be electing a Broome County Clerk and Mayors of Binghamton and Johnson City. The candidate selection process, fund raising and organization are all very important. I think that it is extremely important that a Chair be in place from the beginning of the process through the election. After three elections as Broome County Democratic Chair I made the decision early on that I would not seek another term. Retiring now gives my successor and the Democratic Party the best way to achieve continuity through Election Day.
I want to thank the officers of the Broome County Democratic Committee for their dedicated service to our community and our party. I want to thank all who have been candidates on the Democratic Party line during my tenure. Finally, I would like to thank members of the news media for your continued work. I’ve always enjoyed our relationship. Thank you.