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Latest Buffalo mayoral candidate says incumbents are the problem

Another candidate has entered the race to become Buffalo's next mayor.

Community activist Taniqua Simmons has thrown her hat into what is now a four-way contest in the Democratic primary on Sept. 12.

Unlike her challengers – Mayor Byron W. Brown, City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant – Simmons, 42, is a newcomer to politics. She says the other candidates are all a part of the same political machine.

"(Elected officials) tell you to be active in your community and participate, and you can make a change. When we get those people who should be listening to us, advocating for us ... these are the people we have to fight for basic things," said Simmons, a Buffalo native who grew up on Bissell Avenue and East Ferry Street and currently lives on Humboldt Parkway.

She said a main reason she is running for mayor is to make government more accessible to everyone.

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