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“Write down, Byron Brown”: 4-term Buffalo mayor to seek write-in campaign in November election

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After almost a week of speculation, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has announced he will seek a write-in campaign in the November election.

Brown’s campaign released a statement last Friday saying he was seriously considering a write-in.

Buffalo mayor Byron Brown seriously considering write-in campaign to challenge India Walton after losing primary

The Brown campaign claimed hundreds of people contacted the mayor to ask him to run a November write-in campaign and that an equal number of people offered financial support.

Last Tuesday, presumptive mayor-elect India Walton defeated the four-term Mayor Brown in the primary.

Results saw Walton pull a stunning upset, unofficially beating Brown 11,132-9,625.

India Walton unofficially beats 4-term Buffalo mayor Byron Brown in Democratic primary; on track to be Buffalo’s first female mayor

The mayor did not concede that night, telling supporters his original plan was to wait for every vote to be counted.

Absentee ballots are set to be counted Wednesday.

On Sunday, Mayor Brown said he would not accept support from Carl Paladino

.Mayor Brown separates himself from Carl Paladino as he considers write-in campaign

In response, presumptive mayor-elect India Walton said, “by refusing to concede after the votes were counted on Tuesday in our favor, our current mayor has ignored the will of the voters and opened the door to the dark side of politics when we should be working towards a collaborative and respectful transition of power.”

Walton’s spokesperson Seamus Gallivan claimed she received support from several local and national leaders as well.

As for the Erie County Democratic Committee, Chairman Jeremy Zellner told News 4 the party will not back Brown during his write-in campaign.

Troy Licastro is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2018. See more of his work here.

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