Buffalo’s Walton on verge of becoming first big city socialist mayor in 60 years

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown speaks during a news conference. | AP Photo

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Political newcomer and unabashed socialist India Walton is on the verge of defeating Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in a Democratic primary on Tuesday night. It would be a stunning loss for one of the most prominent figures in New York’s Democratic establishment.

If Walton holds onto her lead and goes on to win the general election, she would become the first socialist mayor of a large American city since Milwaukee’s Frank Zeidler, who

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