Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to run for record fifth term

Brown announces re-election for mayor
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown Photo credit WBEN

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Byron Brown announced Tuesday he will seek a fifth term as Mayor of Buffalo.

Brown told WBEN's A New Morning that his decision to run for a record fifth term was not a difficult decision because of what he said was an "outpouring of support" from the community amid the pandemic.

"The city has been a source of stability," Brown said. "The city has been a source of help for so many in our community. There's been great encouragement for me to run for re-election to steer our community and the City of Buffalo through this pandemic and build back stronger than before."

If re-elected, Brown would become the only mayor in the City of Buffalo to serve five terms. He and Jimmy Griffin are the only mayors to have served four terms.

Brown said there's a need for stable leadership and good decision making to safeguard the needs of the community.

"I have literally worked every day during the course of this pandemic and during the course of the protests for racial equity," Brown said. "This has been a challenging period. There have been so many that have been hurt and lost businesses. Family members that have lost loved ones...I have tried to provide stability to our community to help people get through one of the most difficult times in the history of this community."

An official announcement from the mayor will be virtually on Zoom this Thursday.