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Giambra exits mayoral write-in following Brown announcement

Giambra exits mayoral write-in following Brown announcement

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Joel Giambra has changed his mind about waging a write-in campaign for mayor

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.

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.

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Brown, four-term leader of New York's second largest city and former chairman of the Democratic State Committee, must soldier on without Buffalo Democrats that are either tired of his reign or sensing new political currents flowing through the city.

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