India Walton endorses Jumaane Williams for governor

India Walton endorses Jumaane Williams for governor

Former Buffalo mayoral candidate and political activist India Walton endorsed Jumaane Williams for governor of New York on Monday in his progressive bid for the Democratic nomination.

Williams won Walton’s endorsement after his surprise victory in the Democratic primary in June over incumbent Mayor Byron Brown. He lost the November general election to Brown, who organized a written campaign.

Despite the defeat, Walton attracted the national attention of the progressive wing of the party during his campaign.

“I am proud to announce my support for Jumaane Williams in his run for governor. I regard Jumaane as the quintessential movement candidate, always with the people, on the picket lines, in the union, on the streets,” said Walton. “No matter the fight, you can depend on Jumaane to stand on the side of the downtrodden, the forgotten, the marginalized, the excluded. He has been a champion of the everyday New York working class in all the positions he has held, and I I know he has exactly the energy and values ​​that we need in Albany to ensure that when we finally emerge from this pandemic, we are not ‘getting back to normal’ but are forging a new normal, one that works for all of us, not just the wealthy elite. “

Williams challenges Governor Kathy Hochul for the Democratic nomination, a race that also attracted Attorney General Letitia James and Representative Tom Suozzi.

“India Walton inspired a movement in Buffalo and across the state; her campaign showed how progressive, community-centered politics can excite Democrats and mobilize a movement. She is dedicated to Buffalo, she has a passion for improving the lives of the Bufalonians and I ‘I’m excited to work with her to bring about transformative change that serves the people of New York, not the status quo, “Williams said. “True leadership demands bold vision and calls us to prioritize political courage, not political expediency – I think we need that kind of leadership from Buffalo to Brooklyn.”

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Hochul, meanwhile, was endorsed by all three Capital Region mayors: Kathy Sheehan of Albany, Gary McCarthy of Schenectady and Patrick Madden of Troy. He also received endorsement from the incoming mayor of Saratoga Springs, Ron Kim, and several former mayors.

“It is an honor to be endorsed by this distinguished group of leaders in our Capital Region who exemplify good governance and what it means to uphold community values,” said Hochul. “In my time as Governor, I take pride in working in partnership with local officials to take our state in a new direction and get results. While we have made great strides, I look forward to building on our progress to create a brighter, safer and more prosperous future for all New Yorkers. “

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