India Walton, a political newcomer and self-described socialist, appeared to claim an upset victory over longtime Buffalo mayor Byron Brown in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, setting her up to become the city’s first female mayor and the nation’s first socialist mayor in six decades.
Outside Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s campaign headquarters Tuesday night, there was a large sign with the words “We are Living in an Extraordinary Time." And as primary elections go, that was certainly the case when Brown was ousted by India Walton, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist and Black Lives Matters activist that will become the city’s first female mayor.
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Depending on what side of the border you’re on, the story of the Fenian Invasion of June 1, 1866, is told differently. In Western New York it’s remembered as a brave fight for Irish independence against British oppression. On the Niagara Peninsula it’s a brave fight for self-defense against a surprise attack from a warlike America.