India Walton, the democratic socialist candidate for mayor in Buffalo, New York who won the Democratic Party primary\u0026nbsp;in June, took aim at four-term incumbent Mayor\u0026nbsp;Byron Brown on Sunday over his attempts—alongside other members of the city\u0026#039;s political establishment—to circumvent the will of the voters ahead of November\u0026#039;s election.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nWithout calling the Democratic mayor out\u0026nbsp;by name, Walton assured voters that if she had lost the primary, \u0022I\u0026nbsp;wouldn\u0026#039;t be trying to change election laws and work with Republicans to override the will of Buffalonians.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe community organizer and healthcare worker\u0026#039;s comments came amid Brown\u0026#039;s write-in campaign, which has attracted the support of Republican real estate developer Carl Paladino and other conservatives.\u0026nbsp;Brown filed a petition\u0026nbsp;last week to change the filing deadline in order to run as an independent.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nAccording to a Salon report published Monday, nearly a third of the signatures the mayor has collected in favor of establishing a \u0022Buffalo Party\u0022 candidacy are from the right, including from Republicans from outside of\u0026nbsp;Buffalo. The city\u0026#039;s Republican Party is considering an official endorsement of\u0026nbsp;Brown, who is a close ally of outgoing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and who\u0026#039;s denounced Walton as a \u0022radical socialist.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022I can promise every person in Buffalo that if I lost the primary, I wouldn\u0026#039;t be trying to change election laws and work with Republicans to override the will of Buffalonians.\u0022\r\n—India Walton\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nOn Friday, Walton said Brown\u0026#039;s write-in campaign \u0022is just another attempt by an establishment politician to move right to fight the left.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, should Brown\u0026#039;s attempt to defeat Walton electorally fail, the city\u0026#039;s legislative\u0026nbsp;body is examining how it might wrest power from the progressive if she wins in November.\u0026nbsp;Weeks after the primary, the nine-member, Democratic-led\u0026nbsp;Buffalo Common Council voted to study how the mayoral position could\u0026nbsp;be dissolved in the city and replaced with a city manager who would\u0026nbsp;\u0022carry out the will of the Council members.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe council has 90 days to study the proposal, which was put forward\u0026nbsp;by council member Rasheed Wyatt—reportedly in response to\u0026nbsp;Brown\u0026#039;s governance and a policy disagreement\u0026nbsp;between the two politicians over placing speed cameras in minority neighborhoods.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nWalton suggested on Twitter last month that the study, which is set to wrap up just two weeks\u0026nbsp;before the election, is actually an attempt to keep her from running the city with an agenda unabashedly focused on improving the lives of working class and poor\u0026nbsp;Buffalo residents.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022If those in power cannot handle actual democracy they should never have had it,\u0022 tweeted progressive digital media company Act.tv in response to Salon\u0026#039;s report.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nWalton, who was a teenage working mother\u0026nbsp;before\u0026nbsp;becoming a nurse and community leader, ran on establishing an unarmed public safety force \u0022to address quality of life;\u0022 making\u0026nbsp;Buffalo a sanctuary city; strengthening protections for renters; and expanding food access.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nShe told reporters after her primary win that she \u0022absolutely\u0022 would call herself a socialist and that she aimed to \u0022draw down power and resources to the ground level and to the hands of the people,\u0022 reminding the local NBC affiliate that millions of Americans have\u0026nbsp;benefited from \u0022socialist\u0022 policies in the last 17 months.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022I am a Democrat socialist. The first word in that is Democrat,\u0022 Walton told WGRZ. \u0022My policies are socialist policies. Many things that we enjoyed during the pandemic like our economic stimulus, like SNAP benefits for families with children, like free healthcare.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nShould she win in November, Walton would\u0026nbsp;be the first self-identified socialist mayor of a major American city in 60 years. Sen.\u0026nbsp;Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also served as mayor of\u0026nbsp;Burlington, Vermont from 1981 until 1989, describing himself and governing as a democratic socialist.