India Walton receives big endorsement as Buffalo mayoral race heats up

Buffalo, New York – India Walton, the Democratic nominee for Buffalo mayor, just got a big endorsement as early voting is set to begin in one of the most exciting races of the year.

India Walton won the Democratic primary for Buffalo mayor in June 2021, but many top New York Democrats have since failed to endorse her campaign.
India Walton won the Democratic primary for Buffalo mayor in June 2021, but many top New York Democrats have since failed to endorse her campaign.  © Screenshot/Facebook/India Walton for Buffalo

Buffalo mayoral candidate and self-identified socialist India Walton has won the hearts of Americans across the country with her uncompromisingly progressive policy platform – and it seems she has finally convinced Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to get on board too!

In June, she won out over four-term incumbent Byron Brown to become the Democratic nominee for mayor, proving Buffalonians identify with her progressive vision for the city.

But Brown didn't concede defeat, instead starting a write-in campaign backed by big-money donors.

Amid the controversy, top New York Democrats have largely refrained from endorsing Walton, despite her being the party's chosen candidate.

When questioned why he hadn't put his name behind her campaign, New York State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs launched into an outrageous excuse for an explanation in which he compared Walton, a working-class Black woman, to former KKK grand wizard David Duke.

Jacobs' comments received fierce public backlash, including from Schumer himself.

Schumer endorses Walton for Buffalo mayor

New York Senator Chuck Schumer has finally endorsed India Walton for mayor.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer has finally endorsed India Walton for mayor.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Perhaps feeling the pressure to finally endorse, the New York senator announced on Thursday night that he officially supports Walton's bid.

"As Buffalo voters start to head to the polls this weekend, I urge them to cast their ballot for India Walton as the next Mayor of Buffalo," he wrote in a statement.

"India Walton won the Democratic primary fair and square and is the nominee, and I have always believed the Democratic Party is a big tent and is strongest and most able to build national majorities and bring meaningful change, when it is inclusive."

Walton responded on Twitter, saying she is "honored" to have Schumer's support.

"Together, we will beat back these Republican attacks and build the safe, healthy Buffalo we all need and deserve," she added.

Early voting in Buffalo starts on Saturday. The race is sure to remain exciting through Election Day on November 2.

Cover photo: Collage: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire & Screenshot/Facebook/India Walton for Buffalo

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