“When thousands of protesters took to Buffalo streets last summer demanding racial equity, at least one political entity took notice.
Leaders of the left-leaning Working Families Party say that the protests influenced their deliberations this week as they bypassed Democratic incumbent Byron W. Brown and endorsed activist India Walton for mayor.
‘It comes from the Black Lives Matter movement, from the death of George Floyd and the situation with the police officers in Rochester,’ said Western New York Working Families member Dave Chudy, referring to galvanizing events of the summer protests.
State party leaders also previewed their approval of the local choice.
‘As founding executive director of the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust, India showed a remarkable vision for delivering affordable housing – and the leadership skills to deliver the outcomes that working people need,’ said state Working Families Party Director Sochie Nnaemeka. ‘As a single mother, a NICU nurse, and a seasoned organizer, India has always grounded her leadership in care and justice for all. We’re ready to get to work to elect her as the next mayor of Buffalo.’
Walton reacted by noting that her platform and values “are closely aligned in putting justice for working people first.”
‘This endorsement proves that the people of Buffalo are ready for real progressive leadership,’ Walton said. ‘I’m ready to work alongside the WFP to help deliver that.'”
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