The mayoral campaign at Labor Day
The 2021 election is like no other that we have seen in the City of Buffalo. A political newcomer, India Walton, out-hustled a four-term incumbent mayor to win the Democratic Party primary. Byron Brown’s team slept through the election that potentially leaves him out of office on January 1. Brown decided to fight back with a write-in effort, recently accompanied by a throw-something-against-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks attempt to secure an independent ballot line long after the legal deadline for such efforts had passed.
Pending any judicial review and reversal Brown’s effort will succeed. State laws set the requirements for the conduct of elections with the rules in the law for everyone to see and follow, but the law apparently does not apply to Byron Brown. Brown filed petitions to participate in a Democratic Party primary, which he lost. He could have, like five candidates for Erie County sheriff did last spring, circulate independent petitions for his own ballot line but did not. He could have asked and may have received either or both the Conservative and Republican lines but did not do so.