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Democratic frontrunner in Buffalo mayor race has car towed over $670 in unpaid tickets


Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton walked out of her office Thursday to find her car towed for unpaid fines, but the scofflaw said the decision to impound her vehicle was a possible ‘deliberate act of harassment and intimidation’ by her defeated Democratic rival.

Walton, 39, a Democratic Socialist who beat four-term incumbent Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in the primary but faces him as a write-in candidate in November’s election, reportedly owed $670 on her black Subaru. 

‘I’m late on some parking tickets and my inspection sticker is expired,’ she admitted in a tweet Thursday, adding that ‘those are my bad’.

However, she went on to suggest that Brown had something to do with the incident. 

‘Is it paranoid to think that this might be a deliberate act of harassment and intimidation by my opponent, whose 16 years in City Hall have been characterized by petty vindictiveness and routine abuses of power? Maybe,’ she tweeted.

Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton’s (pictured) car was towed over $670 in unpaid tickets and an expired inspection sticker

Brown campaign manager Conor Hurley quickly slapped down Walton’s finger-pointing.

‘Today is another example of Ms Walton’s failure to take responsibility for anything – there is always someone else to blame or a conspiracy around the corner,’ Hurley said, according to WKBW.

‘Breaking the law is not “my bad…but” over and over. If you don’t follow the law, you can’t be expected to uphold it.’

Walton unleashed a tweet after her car was towed, hinting at a conspiracy by her rival as to why her car was impounded

Walton unleashed a tweet after her car was towed, hinting at a conspiracy by her rival as to why her car was impounded

 Walton’s tweet didn’t hold back her disdain for her rival. 

‘They towed my damn car… But the fact is, this kind of thing happens every single day in Buffalo,’ she said.

‘Rather than tax his rich friends, Byron Brown has financed the city by targeting poor and working class (especially Black) Buffalonians with predatory fines and fees.’ 

 Walton then followed up on the line, which implied that she was ‘poor’.

‘I may have gotten a little bit famous in the last few months, but don’t let that fool you,’ she said. 

‘I’m still a low-income single mother enrolled in Medicaid. People like me don’t always have the money to pay tickets.’

She also ripped Brown for remaining in the race and forcing her to campaign ‘for months longer than I should have … because Byron Brown refused to concede when Democratic voters handed him an L’.

‘So unfortunately I have put getting my car inspected on the back-burner,’ she noted of why her car was towed.

‘I should have handled them on time. I’m handling them right now.’

She ended the tweet by saying: ‘Another day in Byron Brown’s Buffalo, I guess. It only strengthens my determination to win in November, sweep out the corruption that has festered in City Hall for too long and finally get to work building the safe, healthy Buffalo we all need and deserve.’

Brown has been investigated by the FBI for more than six years, including the people, businesses and political organizations closely affiliated with him, according to The Buffalo News.

Byron Brown decided to run as a write-in candidate after losing to Walton in the primary

Byron Brown decided to run as a write-in candidate after losing to Walton in the primary

Investigators reportedly probed into Grassroots, the East Side political group that helped put the mayor in office and was the foundation of his political support for years.

Clarence Lott, an East Side political activist, told The Buffalo News that he was questioned by the FBI more than a year ago about how Brown’s campaign handled political contributions.

Lott has since stopped supporting Brown and instead backs Walton

Walton shockingly defeated Brown in the Democratic primary back in late June and if she were elected mayor in November, she would be the first socialist to take on the role. She would also be the first woman - and first black woman - to lead Buffalo, New York's second-largest city

Walton shockingly defeated Brown in the Democratic primary back in late June and if she were elected mayor in November, she would be the first socialist to take on the role. She would also be the first woman – and first black woman – to lead Buffalo, New York’s second-largest city

Walton, who works as a nurse, has her own history with the law. She was arrested while on the job at a children’s hospital in 2014 on a charge of second-degree harassment. 

A fellow nurse had complained that Walton ‘has continuously threatened to do bodily harm’ to her, which brought her ‘alarm and annoyance,’ according to The Buffalo News,

A police report later revealed that Walton threatened to break her co-workers legs and said: ‘I’m gonna take you out.’

Walton claimed she was a victim of cyberbullying and the perpetrator was the woman who had her arrested.

Seven years later, she shockingly defeated Brown in the Democratic primary in late June and if she were elected mayor in November, she would be the first socialist in City Hall. 

She would also be the first woman – and first black woman – to lead Buffalo, the second largest city in New York. 



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