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Meet India Walton!

India Walton embodies Buffalo’s sense of resilience.

Biography

Born and raised on Buffalo’s East Side as one of six children, Walton became a full-time working mother at the age of just 14. She earned her GED while pregnant with twins who were born prematurely, an experience that inspired her to become a nurse in the same NICU where her boys’ lives were saved. 

As a healthcare worker, Walton became a representative of the 1199 SEIU union, standing up for both workers and patients from picket lines in Buffalo to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court where she was invited to speak at a national women’s rights rally in 2014.

Continuing to serve as a nurse in Buffalo Public Schools, Walton witnessed the health disparities among our most vulnerable citizens and became determined to change the systems  that cause these injustices. Walton’s commitment to systemic change called her to become a community organizer for Open Buffalo, establishing herself as a thought leader on a wide range of issues including criminal justice reform and fair housing. Her work on the latter led her to be named the founding executive director of the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust, for which she worked with longtime residents to develop permanently affordable housing.

 

India Walton and sons

Photo by Carmen Cibillea

I am focused on giving Masten not only what it deserves but that which is long overdue. My platform is centered on people and rooted in love,  believing that equity, justice, and community are essential. I envision a Masten where people are housed, healthy, and have the resources to reach their full potential.

-India Walton

Photo by Nate Peraccini

In 2021, India Walton rose to political prominence after defeating longtime incumbent Mayor Byron Brown in a remarkable primary victory. She gained national attention and support and won three of the city’s seven council districts in the general race. 

Two years later, India Walton’s run for Buffalo Common Council is a continuation of that same momentum. Driven by transparency and accountability, Walton is ready to get more for the Masten District. From more access to quality housing and food to improvements in infrastructure, public safety, and climate protection. Above all else, Walton is ready to do what she has always done, to prioritize people, put their needs into policy, and put the power back into their hands.