Sanders: Socialist mayor-elect an ‘important step forward for the working people of Buffalo’

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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters about coronavirus Thursday March 12, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — India Walton’s apparent victory over incumbent mayor Byron Brown in this week’s Buffalo mayoral primary has been celebrated in progressive circles around the country – and the godfather of the movement has taken notice.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders—who has 15.2 million followers— tweeted Friday that he called Walton to congratulate her on her victory:

Walton proudly considers herself a democratic socialist and is on track to become the first socialist mayor of a major American city since 1960. She will be the only candidate on the ballot in November, though a potential Brown write-in campaign is not off the table.

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