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Youth minister announces candidacy for Masten District seat

Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. on Thursday announced his candidacy for the Masten District seat on the Buffalo Common Council that was vacated two weeks ago by former Council Majority Leader Demone A. Smith.

Wingo, a youth minister at Faith Baptist Church on Humboldt Parkway, gathered with supporters on the steps of City Hall to introduce his vision for the Masten District.

“I believe great things are happening in Buffalo. My priority is to make sure the residents of the Masten District have access to high quality jobs, safe communities and to ensure our children have a pathway to bright futures,” he said.

Wingo, 35, is a life-long resident of the Masten District. He has not previously held elected office.

Smith resigned to head the Buffalo Employment and Training Center. Prior to accepting the job, Smith was running unopposed for a third four-year term on the Council.

Wingo also announced that he has collected in excess of 1,500 signatures on petitions, which is more than three times the number required to appear on the September primary ballot. Thursday was the deadline for submitting petitions.