FIGHT FOR THE CITY

The latest information on the local election season.

FBI investigations of Byron Brown linger with no charges in sight

By Dan Herbeck , Charlie Specht

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

For more than six years, FBI agents and federal prosecutors have investigated people, businesses and political organizations closely associated with Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown.

Walton wants more money for Buffalo schools; Brown says he already increased funding

By Deidre Williams

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Still, the scope of Buffalo’s support of the school district figures to be a campaign issue leading up to the November general election. Indeed, it already has played a pivotal role. Walton’s stance earned her an important endorsement from the Buffalo Teachers Federation – a union that represents more than 3,800 teachers – and contributed to her surprising victory over four-term incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown in the June 22 Democratic primary.

Brown does not support the funding model Walton has touted, pointing out the city has increased its payments to the district since he took office 2006. The Buffalo district already receives a share of the county sales tax – as do all districts – and receives “a significant” chunk of the city’s property tax revenue, he said.

Another Voice: Brown and his party disrespect the tenets of Democracy

By Beth Kwiatek

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Byron Brown’s write-in campaign and the Democratic Party’s lack of support and protection for India Walton reflect a dangerous and growing trend within our nation: the subversion of democratic rule. Alarmingly, they have disguised those actions, including Brown’s behavior before and after the primary, as political strategies.

New poll puts Brown 10% ahead of Walton in Buffalo mayor’s race

By Marian Hetherly

Read the full article from WBFO, here.

A new poll shows Buffalo incumbent Mayor Byron Brown ahead of Democratic nominee India Walton by 10% as the election approaches in November.

The latest Emerson College/WIVB phone poll was conducted Aug. 7-8, asking the question, “If the Buffalo mayoral election were held today, who would you vote for?”

Common Council researching form of governance that replaces the mayor

By News Staff Reporter

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

The Buffalo Common Council will “explore” a city manager form of governance to replace the office of mayor.

Under such a plan, a city manager would be selected by the nine-member Council in conjunction with the community to “carry out the will of the Council members,” University Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt told The Buffalo News.

Brown commits to mayoral debate co-sponsored by The Buffalo News

By Harold McNeil

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown has committed to participating in a debate against his opponent in the mayoral race, Democratic Party nominee India B. Walton, in an event being sponsored by The Buffalo News, WGRZ and Buffalo Toronto Public Media.

Walton, who defeated Brown in the Democratic primary, was out of town, and her campaign has not yet committed to participating in the 7 p.m. Oct. 12 debate.

Professionals from city’s wealthier areas powered India Walton to victory

By Jerry Zremski

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Walton grew up poor in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, but she beat Buffalo’s four-term mayor, Byron W. Brown, with votes – and a lot of campaign help – from professionals in the city’s wealthier enclaves. And now Walton and her supporters are working to defeat Brown’s write-in bid in November and create a progressive city administration led by a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.

Six Takeaways From India Walton’s Historic Victory in Buffalo

By Russell Weaver

Read the full article from Jacobin, here.

As clichéd as it sounds, Buffalo’s historic June 2021 primary, in which democratic socialist India Walton won a major upset over four-term incumbent Byron Brown, is something of a tale of two cities. And it’s the same tale that Buffalonians have discussed for generations: the “East-West divide” carved by Main Street through the heart of the city.

India Walton’s mayoral campaign reinforces progressive police proposals

By Robert J. McCarthy

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Walton cruised to victory last month by emphasizing new ways to solve old problems, especially in policing. She reiterated on Wednesday her plan to reallocate $7.5 million of the Police Department budget to programs that link usual subjects of police attention to mental health services. Her Wednesday event also marked the first of many in which she is expected to highlight her proposals, backed by high-profile figures like Williams. Others with similar socialist philosophies – such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Bronx and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – are mentioned as other potential campaign allies.

As the fall campaign begins, India Walton confronts questions over her past

By Maki Becker

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

A self-proclaimed democratic socialist who vows to “put people first,” she said her life – growing up poor on the East Side, being a single mother of four boys, being a nurse and a community organizer and having firsthand experience being arrested by Buffalo police – has prepared her for this moment as she faces a write-in campaign from an emboldened Brown in the general election on Nov. 2.

What the primary vote tells us

By Geoff Kelly

Read the full article from Investigate Post, here.

Ken Kruly is a political analyst for WGRZ-TV, publisher of Politics and Other Stuff and author of Money In Politics for Investigative Post. In an analysis for Investigative Post, Kruly compared Brown’s performance this year to the results of his previous four mayoral campaigns. He found Brown’s share of the vote dropped in six of the nine Common Council districts compared to four years ago.

How India Walton would revamp policing in Buffalo

By Aaron Besecker & Maki Becker

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

“She will prioritize addressing the root causes of crime such as concentrated poverty and lack of living-wage jobs,” according to her platform on her campaign website, and she would emphasize “harm reduction and restorative justice programs rather than punitive measures.”

How Did a Socialist Triumph in Buffalo?

By Michelle Goldberg

Read the full article from The New York Times, here.

That danger is real. Polls reveal that both Black and white voters reject the slogan “Defund the police.” Yet Walton has shown that even in a city where shootings have surged a staggering 116 percent so far this year, a socialist promising police reform can win.

Walton’s campaign outworked Brown

By Geoff Kelly

Read the full article from *InvestigatePost, here.

She’d beaten Brown by 1,507 votes, according to the unofficial tally by the Erie County Board of Elections. That’s more than the absentee ballots left to be counted. She won almost 52 percent of the vote to Brown’s 45 percent. Le’Candice Durham, a City Hall employee whose campaign seemed designed to siphon votes from Walton to benefit Brown, got 650 votes, or just over 3 percent.

Socialist India Walton scores upset victory in Buffalo mayoral primary

By Tal Axelrod

Read the full article from The Hill, here.

India Walton scored a stunning upset in the Democratic mayoral primary in Buffalo, N.Y., putting her on track to become the city’s first female executive and the country’s most high-profile socialist mayor in decades.

‘Shock to the political establishment:’ Local reaction to India Walton’s victory

By Thomas O’Neil-White

Read the full article from WBFO, here.

“Walton was well established in the Fruit Belt community,” he said. “Well established had a job had work, etcetera. But like a lot of people close to the ground, she knew that the time for change was now. We could see it all over the place that people were hungry for bold, new leadership.”