above l/r : The 2021 MAYORAL DEBATE will include Miles, Brown, Walton, Carlisle
At first there were three.
Now a fourth candidate, Attorney Benjamin Carlisle, has been added to the upcoming mayoral debate. And according to our sources, there may be a fifth candidate emerging before the event.
The four candidates for Buffalo mayor will face off in what likely will be the only debate of the campaign when they meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Eva M. Doyle Auditorium of the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.
The debate features candidates who had publicly announced as of the date the event was scheduled, and will include Democratic Primary winner India Walton, incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown , Attorney Benjamin Carlisle and Jaz Miles, who unsuccessfully challenged Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples Stokes last year. Carlisle is the most recent person to announce his candidacy in the November 2 race for mayor. He will also be a write in candidate.
The debate, sponsored by WUFO Radio and the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, will be broadcast live by WUFO on 96.5 FM and 1080 AM. It also will be streamed on the station’s web site and on the BABJ Facebook page. Some news outlets also may broadcast it live or stream it on their social media platforms.
Al Vaughters of WIVB-TV will moderate. Questions will be posed by Claudine Ewing of WGRZ-TV, Lee Pettigrew of WUFO and Deidre Williams of The Buffalo News. Written questions submitted by audience members or solicited online at #BuffaloDebate2021 will be posed by Taylor Epps of WKBW-TV.
Admission is free, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, auditorium capacity will be restricted and only those with tickets will be admitted. Each candidate will be allotted up to three tickets. Space is also being set aside for media and organizers who are working the event.
All other tickets are being made available on a first-come, first-served basis through Eventbrite.
A limited number of tickets will be available at https://bit.ly/buffalomayordebate beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 3. Masks will be required at all times.