In the blue urban areas of Western New York, last night’s Democratic primary was the final word in a lot of uncontested races. The news is good.
In the Rochester mayoral primary, Lovely Warren, under indictment for campaign finance violations, her husband waiting to be tried for dealing cocaine, lost in a landslide to a really good candidate, Malik Evans. I didn’t expect a 66/34 outcome in this race. He’s unopposed in the Fall, so he’ll be the next mayor.
In some down-ballot races, a Democratic county legislator accused of sexual harassment, and another Democratic legislator who led a faction that caucused with Republicans were also beat.
In Buffalo, a Democratic Socialist, India Walton, beat four-term mayor Byron Brown. She’s unopposed in the Fall, too. Walton has a hell of a personal story — a single mom of twins at age 14, she became a nurse, a union rep and, now, at age 38, mayor. Brown was a major ally of Andrew Cuomo. Last year’s beatings of demonstrators by Buffalo Police, and the anemic response by Brown, were seen as part of his defeat. Brown didn’t bother to engage at all in the primary and paid the price.
Overall, Democrats turned out and replaced not-so-good incumbents with better challengers. That’s how it should work in areas with one party rule.