Franczyk; Wingo win Common Council seats

Posted at 5:34 PM, Sep 11, 2015

Incumbent David A. Franczyk defeated two primary challengers for his Fillmore District Common Council seat.

Franczyk officially took 56 percent of the vote after the polls closed Thursday night. His challengers Samuel A. Herbert took 29 percent and Joseph A. Mascia took only 15 percent.

The race took an ugly turn in July when undercover video of Mascia using racist slurs surfaced. His campaign manager resigned shortly after and he was served papers suspending him from the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

Mascia tried to regain support by apologizing publicly and holding a roundtable conversation about racial issues - a conversation both Herbert and Franczyk refused to participate in.

“Absolutely not. It would be like the Grand Wizard of the KKK wanting to have a roundtable discussion on race," said Franczyk in August.

Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr. won the Masten Council seat by 7 points. His main challenger was current Buffalo School Board Member for the Ferry District, Sharon M. Belton-Cottman. She gained 41 percent of the vote. Lamone Gibson, the third candidate in the race, only received 10 percent of the vote.




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