SHE’S IN! pictured above is Mayoral candidate India Walton poses with her sons.
With a Sunday morning virtual launch party, India Walton announced her intentions to become the first woman to serve as Mayor of Buffalo.
Born and raised on Buffalo’s East Side as one of six children, India 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, India became a representative in 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, India witnessed the health disparities among our most vulnerable citizens and became determined to change the systems that cause them.
India’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’s campaign launch party was livestreamed at www.IndiaWalton.com as well as the campaign’s YouTube and Facebook pages on Sunday morning, coinciding with the WNED premiere of the internationally-syndicated The Laura Flanders Show featuring India and other local leaders in “Making Buffalo: ‘Our City’”; in addition to airing the show, the party featured live performances, testimonials from supporters and India’s opening remarks. Campaign news and events will continue through her website and social media. “I’m real, resilient, and ready,” said India. “Are you ready?”