Brown has had 12 years, it’s time to pass the torch
Looking at the Democratic primary candidates for Buffalo’s mayoral race: Incumbent Byron Brown has spent more than $600,000; challenger Mark Schroeder has spent more than half that amount; challenger Betty Jean Grant’s expenditures are less than $12,000. Such an uneven playing field demonstrates how difficult it is in any election to defeat an incumbent, especially one who is seeking a fourth term.
Grant has led by example and has shown a passionate and devoted interest in all the citizens of Buffalo. Her focus on Buffalo’s neighborhoods hits the nail right on the head. Few (if any) cities in the United States have the racially and economically segregated neighborhoods that Buffalo has.
The poverty rate in Buffalo has increased during Brown’s tenure. Twelve years is enough. Pass the torch to Grant.