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Bernie Tolbert ready to join mayor's race

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Though he enjoys the power of incumbency, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown will face an ever-growing field of challengers as he seeks a third term at the top of city government. The Buffalo News reports Bernie Tolbert will make his first official step today toward entering the race as a  Democrat. Tolbert brings an extensive resume in law enforcement into the race. The Buffalo native previously held top posts with the FBI and served in the private sector as a security chief for Coca-Cola and the National Basketball Association.

Tolbert will reportedly apply Tuesday with the Board of Elections to establish a campaign finance committee which will allow him to raise funds for his mayoral bid. Mayor Brown has raised $1.1 million for his campaign treasury.

Another Democrat, City Comptroller Mark Schroeder may eventually join the race.

A political newcomer, Republican Sergio Rodriguez has been active on the campaign trail since announcing his candidacy earlier this winter.