BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Democratic nominee for Buffalo mayor, India Walton, won appeals in both state and federal courts Thursday.
A state court ruled to overturn an earlier decision granting Byron Brown's "Buffalo Party" an independent ballot line even though he submitted his request after the deadline.
A short time later, the second circuit court of appeals granted Walton's motion to stay Judge John Sinatra's order.
As of now, Brown's name will not appear on the ballot in November.
Brown's campaign released a statement Thursday night, saying:
"We are disappointed by the decisions in federal and state court today. We believe that the initial rulings were correct and properly granted ballot access for the Mayoral election in the City of Buffalo ... Despite our disappointment, we respect the Court’s decisions and will not disparage or denigrate anyone involved in them, as our opponent and her supporters have done over the last two weeks. Our campaign remains focused on what has sustained us all along, which is ensuring that Buffalo’s progress continues, and that no matter what method people vote by, that they will have the ability to cast their vote for a qualified and experienced candidate. In November, Mayor Byron Brown will prevail. Write Down Byron Brown.”