Buffalo, Boston and the progressive run on mayoral elections
Democratic socialist India Walton shocked her party’s establishment when she bested four-term incumbent Byron Brown in this city’s June mayoral primary. Now the insurgent left is fighting to hold on to their biggest victory this year — and get other mayoral hopefuls across the finish line in a series of progressive-versus-moderate clashes across the country.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and former Ohio congressional hopeful Nina Turner have stumped for Walton in recent weeks as she tries to fend off a comeback from Brown, a centrist who’s waging a write-in campaign to keep his seat. The Working Families Party, a left-leaning group with deep roots in New York City, poured nearly half a million dollars into Walton’s bid in October alone. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sends out fundraising emails on her behalf. And Brown is courting Republicans as he tries to pull off the improbable.