NORWICH – A small crowd made its way to East Park in Norwich Thursday to throw their support behind democrat John Orzel, who is vying for the state senate seat for the 52nd district in the general elections in November.
Orzel, 68, officially announced his candidacy on Wednesday. He is challenging incumbent Sen. Tom Libous, R-Binghamton, who has held the office for 22 years. As a lifelong resident of the Tripple-Cities Broome County area and current resident of Witney Point, Orzel expressed concern among supporters about the direction of the 52nd district and its current representation in state government.
Said Orzel, “Being a member of the state Senate has a duel role; representing you, the constituents of this district, but also representing the residents of the state as a whole. As it should be, it’s all about you and what serves you best. I want to serve you.”