By Conor Quinn
Voters in the City of Buffalo expressed their priorities earlier this year regarding what they wanted the candidates of the elections to potentially focus on. Top issues included crime, housing and police reform. These issues polled 26%, 15%, and 10%, respectively.
Interestingly enough, the majority of voters, 50% to be precise, said that they would have voted for incumbent Mayor Byron Brown during this time, and 40% of voters said they would have voted for challenger India Walton.
During the campaign, the amount of content produced by the media increased due to Walton winning the primary, and there was a change in priorities on issues. Primarily, the issue of having a socialist mayor became a major focus. This caused concern to some people as there has not been a socialist mayor in the City of Buffalo before. Other issues included taxes and jobs.
Conor Quinn was a student in Campaigns, Candidates and Current Elections, an honors course at St. Bonaventure University.