Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown's First Reelection Chance
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is in a competitive Democratic primary to keep his job tomorrow against Council member Michael Kearns. The only factor reducing the ...
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is in a competitive Democratic primary to keep his job tomorrow against Council member Michael Kearns. The only factor reducing the suspense is that if Brown loses he gets another chance to win in November. The Buffalo News explains:
This year's primary race ranks as especially important because, for the first time since it was founded in the 1850s, the Republican Party will field no candidate for mayor. As a result, if Brown wins Tuesday, the race will be over. If Kearns wins, a general election contest still will result since Brown is a candidate on the Conservative, Independence and Working Families parties' lines.
Just weeks ago, Brown was considered the heavy favorite as he faced the little-known Kearns with a $1.1 million campaign fund, a City Hall army, volunteers from his political club Grassroots and all the advantages of incumbency. But the Erie County Democratic Party has made no endorsement in the contest, Chairman Leonard R. Lenihan's organization has endorsed nobody in the race, eliminating a substantial force that is normally active on Primary Day.
And rocked by a series of revelations by The Buffalo News highlighting his administration's handling of federal development funds -- as well as his association with Leonard Stokes, a former basketball star who ended up in the mayor's office after getting ticketed for having a stolen handicapped parking sticker -- the mayor has had to fend off a rejuvenated Kearns.
SurveyUSA has a new poll that shows Brown leading Kearns 51%-44%. SurveyUSA also reports that the electorate is highly polarized along racial lines -- Brown is black, Kearns is white.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Children's Health Insurance Is Safe Now, But Uncertainty Awaits2 hours ago
Despite Threats to Hospital Funding, Texas Governor Still Won't Expand Medicaid10 minutes ago
Aides Form Super PAC to Promote Illinois Governor's Agenda30 minutes ago
Christie Backers Moving Over to Team Jeb Bush35 minutes ago
After Hiking Gas Tax, Iowa Plans $700M in Road Construction45 minutes ago
U.S. Supreme Court Sends Redistricting Maps Back to North Carolina for More Review4 hours ago