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Mayor Byron Brown weighing write-in campaign against India Walton
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Mayor Byron Brown weighing write-in campaign against India Walton

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Mayor Byron Brown along with his wife, Michelle, speaks Tuesday at his primary day headquarters.

Byron W. Brown, stung by Tuesday's shocker loss to challenger India B. Walton in the Democratic primary for mayor, is weighing a last-ditch effort to salvage a fifth term through a write-in campaign in the November general election.

Several sources, including Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner, say Brown is holed up with his campaign team to determine if he can wage a write-in effort – considered more than daunting in political circles – especially in ultra-Democratic Buffalo.

"He and I talked about that this morning," Zellner said Wednesday afternoon. "Without speaking for him, I think it's fair to say they're weighing all their options, for sure."

But if Brown decides to challenge Walton in an effort never seriously attempted in a Buffalo mayoral election, Zellner said Erie County Democrats will not be with him.

"I have pledged our full support to her," the chairman said following a morning conversation with Walton. "We are with the next mayor of Buffalo – India Walton."

Still, other sources say the mayor continues to consider the option, especially after various community leaders are expressing alarm about a city led by Walton, who acknowledges her socialist politics. Some of those leaders, sources say, are urging Brown to mobilize his City Hall forces to a degree that apparently failed during the primary.

They believe he can continue to raise money, and even Zellner notes the ease of casting write-in votes under new election procedures instituted by New York State.

"It's never been less complicated to do a write-in," said Zellner, who is also Erie County Democratic elections commissioner.

Neither Michael J. DeGeorge, Brown's spokesman, nor Walton spokesman Seamus Gallivan, returned calls seeking comment.

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