BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — One of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s democratic challengers got a big endorsement Monday.

According to her campaign manager, the Buffalo Teachers Federation will be endorsing India Walton, backing the 38-year-old with its more than 3,000 members.

BTF President Phil Rumore says a panel of teachers interviewed Walton and mayor byron brown using the same questions. He says the union prefers Walton’s views on educational funding and charter schools.

“They said that sometimes you just have to take a stand. And as teachers were not afraid to take a stand. And that’s what we did.”

In response to this endorsement, reps for Mayor Byron Brown’s campaign said Brown for Buffalo has proudly announced the support and endorsement of Mayor Brown’s candidacy for re-election by a significant number of labor unions including the following:

  • WNY CWA Council
  • AFSCME Council 35
  • AFSCME, Local 1095
  • CSEA, Local 815
  • Ironworkers Local Union No. 6
  • NYSNA (NYS Nurses Association)
  • SEIU1199
  • SMART Local 71
  • UFCW
  • U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters, Local 22
  • Local 264
  • Local 650
  • Local 2651
  • Buffalo Building & Construction Trades Council

Mayor Brown has been the incumbent for 15 years. He is also challenged by Le’Candice Durham, a complaint clerk for the city.

Kelly Khatib is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.