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Challenger backs Tolbert for mayor

  
   By Robert J. McCarthy

   In the first mayoral primary election pitting two African-Americans against each other, challenger Bernard Tolbert has snared the backing of the Challenger, the city's top black newspaper.
   Announced on the front page of this week's edition with a photo of a beaming Tolbert, the paper echoes the Tolbert campaign theme of "a better choice" in the endorsement editorial's headline.
   "He wants to make Buffalo a better place to live for everyone. And he has the knowledge, the vision, determination, and management skills to make it happen," the Challenger said.
   The newspaper also made it known it is unimpressed by incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown, seeking a third term.
   "We have a man who tells us we are safe when we are not; that there is progress all around, but not around "us.' We have a person who gets on TV, looks dead into the camera with a straight face and tells us about all the jobs there are in this city...tell that to the brothers holding down corners day after day."
   Tolbert noted the "significance" of the backing.
   “This endorsement also helps me reach out and ask the people of this community if, after eight years of Byron Brown’s Buffalo, do you feel safer?  Is your standard of life better?  Do you have jobs that pay living wages?  Are your children being properly educated in our schools?" he said. "I know from talking to citizens in every city neighborhood that the answers to these questions are a resounding no."
   The Challenger also endorsed in two competitive Democratic primary races for the County Legislature, favoring incumbent Betty Jean Grant over Joyce Nixon in District 2, and Timothy Hogues, also an incumbent, over Barbara Miller-Williams in District 1.

  
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A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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