The campaign for Buffalo mayor is getting into full swing.
Thursday was the deadline date for all of the candidates to file their nominating petitions in person at the Erie County Board of Elections.
Candidates are required to collect signatures from at least 5 percent of registered Buffalo voters from the political party line on which the candidate wants to run, according to Board of Elections officials.
So far, six contenders have submitted petitions for the mayor's race, including:
- The incumbent, Mayor Byron W. Brown;
- City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder;
- Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant;
- Buffalo Preservation Board Member Terrence A. Robinson;
- North Buffalo resident Mary J. Carroll;
- South Buffalo attorney Anita L. Howard.
Grant and Robinson filed their petitions on deadline day.
A force in East Side politics, Grant has been an Erie County legislator since 2007. She is a member of We Are Women Warriors, a community and family empowerment group.
It wasn't immediately clear how many signatures Grant had collected for the Democratic Party line. Grant did not return phone calls seeking comment, and as of late Thursday afternoon, the elections office had not completely processed her petitions.
Robinson had 50 signatures when he dropped off his petitions at the elections office on West Eagle Street. A founding member of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Robinson said he plans to run on the Green Party line and describes his political agenda as “neo-progressive.”
“I feel good. I feel great. I’m looking forward to the race,” Robinson said.
Brown, Schroeder and Howard filed their petitions on Wednesday, one day ahead of the deadline.
Brown is attempting to win a fourth term as the city's mayor. The incumbent filed more than 15,000 signatures for the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality Party lines.
Schroeder’s campaign collected 5,800 signatures to be able to run on the Democrat and Reform party lines.
Howard submitted 81 signatures for the Conservative line.
Carroll submitted about 700 signatures on Tuesday – two days before the deadline – for the Republican line.
The wait was still on for community activist Taniqua Simmons, a resident of Humboldt Parkway, who had not filed by late Thursday afternoon.
But, all candidates had until midnight Thursday to get their petitions postmarked.
Simmons, who was endorsed by the Libertarian Party, grew up on Bissell Avenue and East Ferry Street.