BUFFALO, N.Y. — There may be another candidate for Buffalo mayor. Local businessman Carl Paladino says he is considering a write-in campaign.
Community activist and political newcomer India Walton currently holds a Democratic primary lead over incumbent Byron Brown.
Brown has not conceded as there are still absentee ballots that need to be counted.
If Walton maintains her lead, she’ll move forward as the Democratic candidate on the ballot for the general election.
No Republicans ran in the primary, so unless someone runs as a write-in candidate, Walton will have no challengers in November.
As votes continue to be counted, Walton says she is focused on rebuilding trust in the community, and investing in all Buffalo neighborhoods.
“We have an eye towards equity and justice,” she said. “And we are going to prioritize the communities that have been forgotten about for a long time and amplify the voices of those who often go unheard and shine a light on those who often go unseen.”
Walton says is she wins in November, she expects to hire a new police commissioner. She also says members of Mayor Brown’s administration will have to reapply for their current positions as she works to build her own team at City Hall.
The Erie County Board of Elections says the official primary results will be available no later than 25 days after the election.