BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Candidates for Buffalo mayor campaigned until the very end.
“Now is the time to keep moving forward. We don't want to slow up and we don't want to stop,” said incumbent Mayor, Byron Brown.
“Hopefully they're going to vote for me, Mark Schroeder,” said challenger, Mark Schroeder.
“I have a sound system and I'm going to the polls to encourage all the voters to vote for me,” said challenger, Betty Jean Grant.
The three mayoral hopefuls weren't letting a minute go to waste. Grant opted to call fellow democrats and encourage them to visit the polls. Brown waved to drivers on the corner of Main and Best Streets.
All efforts are sorely needed in the Queen City. Democratic voter turnout on Primary Day is historically low. According to the Erie County Board of Elections in 2013, when Mayor Brown last ran for re-election, just 20 percent or 20,599 of registered Democrats in Buffalo cast their ballots. Officials from the board of elections aren't optimistic those stats will improve much this time around.
But the candidates are. After all, their fate depends on it.