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.