WATCH: Buffalo mayoral candidates debate ahead of November election

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The candidates in the race for Buffalo mayor faced off Thursday night at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library during a debate hosted by WUFO Radio and the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.

News 4’s Al Vaughters moderated as Democratic mayoral primary winner India Walton, incumbent Mayor Byron Brown, attorney Benjamin Carlisle and Jaz Miles debated.

Watch the full debate in the video player above.

One of the major discussions, the Buffalo Police Department budget. Walton says she has not been campaigning on defunding the police. Brown says that’s not true.

During an exchange that lasted through several topics, Walton and Brown faced off on Walton’s time as the executive director of the Fruit Belt Land Trust. Walton says that was a clear example of how she is in favor of development that will help the community. Brown, however, says her organization did not build a single house during her tenure.

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