Byron Brown wins Democratic primary
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown successfully navigated a primary challenge from fellow Democrats Mark Schroeder, the city comptroller, and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.
With 100 percent of districts reporting, Brown took 51 percent of the vote — Schroeder had 36 percent, while Grant had 13 percent.
Brown addressed supporters in a large party in downtown Buffalo outside City Hall after the victory. He said Buffalo continues to be on the move and is looking forward to leading all parts of the city again.
"There is no greater privilege than to continue to serve all of the residents of our great city of Buffalo,” said Brown. “We have more work to do over the next eight weeks and I want to thank you again for your support, for your friendship and for the confidence that you have placed in me, to lead our great city."
Brown, first elected in 2005, reiterated earlier in the day that his next term will focus on economic development in every section of the city, not just the high-profile areas.
There are several candidates that will run on minor party lines in November including the mayor and Schroeder, on the Reform Party.
If reelected in November, Brown would be the second mayor in city history to be elected to four terms — the other being Jimmy Griffin.