Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The former head of the FBI in Buffalo Bernie Tolbert will take a big step forward and run for the Mayor of Buffalo, according to the Buffalo News. Tolbert was also head of security for the National Basketball Association.
Tolbert is a Democrat and will take on current Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. Also, running for this seat is Republican Candidate Sergio Rodriguez. Tolbert will file his first paperwork to establish a Campaign Finance Committee, which will allow him to begin raising funds. Taking on incumbent Brown will be challenging because of his large and well-established campaign war chest. Tolbert said he is ready to take on that challenge.
Rodriguez has run a grassroots campaign fueled by social media. If he is successful in this campaign, he will be the first Republican to win the seat since the 1950's.
Mayor Brown hit the streets with his campaign message.
"We're going to be more aggressive to reach out to corporations to bring more business to Buffalo," Brown said.
Rodriguez said although Brown is focused on job growth, the unemployment rate is 10.3 percent. He also said more emphasis should be put on improving the graduation rate in the city.
"We could have Microsoft headquarters itself right here in Buffalo but who is going to benefit? Not kids with no high school degree," Rodriguez said.