Just after Mayor Byron W. Brown launched a write-in campaign to reclaim the office he preliminarily lost in the June 22 Democratic primary, two major figures in Buffalo politics weighing their own write-in bids have bowed out.
A new and fiery Byron W. Brown sought to revive his failed mayoral campaign Monday with a whole new persona, and former County Executive Joel A. Giambra and Delaware Councilmember Joel P. Feroleto have indicated that they may also join the fray.
Former County Executive Joel A. Giambra said Tuesday that the mayor's Monday announcement of a full-scale write-in campaign against primary winner India B. Walton prompted him to reconsider his own plans for a similar effort.
"It's very complicated and I don't know if it continues to make sense to pursue this," Giambra said. "And I think the best chance to beat her would be Byron, head to head."
And Delaware Councilmember Joel P. Feroleto, who had also been considering a write-in bid, said Wednesday via email while vacationing in Italy that he also will not run -- though he did not elaborate.
“If there wasn’t a challenge, I would be disappointed,” said Council President Darius G. Pridgen.