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GOP passes on Buffalo mayoral election

The Buffalo Republican who last week submitted designating petitions for mayor has declined the nomination, resulting in no GOP candidate to oppose the winner of the Democratic primary in the November general election.

A GOP source said Mary Jo Carroll will not follow through with a mayoral campaign, explaining her name was circulated on petitions to “protect the integrity of the line.” The source said the effort aimed to guard against any rogue candidate attempting to usurp the Republican line as a write-in candidate.

The mayoral election is expected to be decided during the September Democratic primary in a contest among incumbent Byron W. Brown and challengers Mark J.F. Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant. Buffalo is heavily Democratic.

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