India Walton Stuns Longtime Incumbent in Buffalo Mayoral Primary

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India B. Walton celebrated her mayoral primary win Tuesday night, making her Buffalo’s first woman Mayor and the first socialist mayor of a major American city since 1960. Ms Walton, 38, worked as a nurse and community activist and ran for Buffalo Mayor with the support of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Working Families Party. “Tonight’s result proves that Buffalonians demand community-minded, people-focused government, and we’re ready to serve them,” Ms. Walton said in a statement. “For too long, we’ve seen our city work for politicians, for developers, for the police union, but not for ordinary working families. In our city, everyone will have a seat at the table.” 


At the top of Ms. Walton’s priority list as mayor is safeguarding Buffalo as a sanctuary city in order to protect undocumented immigrants. She also wants an overhaul on protections for tenants as well and stop police officers from being called to deal with mental health emergencies. She believes her primary win would “resound here in Buffalo and throughout the nation, showing that a progressive platform that puts people over profit is both viable and necessary.”

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