Walton Poised to Become First Black and First Female Mayor of Buffalo. Beaty, the First Female and first Black Sheriff of Erie County
pictured above: India Walton (left) and Kimberly Beaty (right)
When India Walton decided to run for mayor against Byron Brown, a 15-year entrenched incumbent, she said she made that decision because she was tired of seeing her community in the condition that it was in. The average person didn’t think she had even a remote chance of winning.
When Kimberly Beaty was initially discouraged from running for sheriff, she said she was told that she didn’t “look like a sheriff” by the Erie County Democratic Chair, and dropped out. Supporters encouraged her to get back in the race.
But the challenge of running in a county wide election was huge and she had already lost precious ground.
On Tuesday night both Walton and Beaty celebrated historic election primary victories :India winning the race for mayor and Kimberly winning the race for Erie County Sheriff.
“Tonight’s result proves that Buffalonians demand community-minded, people-focused government, and we’re ready to serve them,” declared Walton on election night. “For too long, we’ve seen our city work for politicians, for developers, for the police union, but not for ordinary working families. In our city, everyone will have a seat at the table. This victory will resound here in Buffalo and throughout the nation, showing that a progressive platform that puts people over profit is both viable and necessary. We look forward to working with the Brown administration to ensure a smooth transition for the benefit of all Buffalonians.”
With 100% of Election Day Districts and early voting counted in the race for Mayor, Mr. Brown sill had not conceded and insisted the race was too close to call, vowing to make sure “every single vote is counted.”
Election night results: India Walton won with 52% of the vote or 11,132 votes; Byron Brown, 45% or 9,625; Le’Candice M. Durham 3% or 650.
In the race for Sheriff: Kimberly Beaty was victorious with 51% of the vote or 19,718 votes; Brian J. Gould 39% or 15,020; Myles Carter 11% or 4,109.