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Tolbert announces candidacy in mayoral race

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The mayoral race in Buffalo has gotten a bit more competitive. Bernie Tolbert, a former FBI chief in the Buffalo office, has entered the race as a Democrat. He will be facing current mayor Byron Brown in a party primary. Republican Sergio Rodriquez has already announced his candidacy. Tolbert mentioned a number of factors that need attention in the city to bring desired improvements, but education was an important focus in his speech.

"I will work with all stakeholders to put an end to the shame of our public schools. Buffalo's taxpayers give the Board of Education $70 million per year, and that contribution demands that the children in Buffalo are provided with the best, the most innovative, and most effective educational opportunities. Education is a city-wide problem that affects our entire community and it requires community response at all levels," stated Tolbert.

Tolbert emphasized the prominence of teachers in his family history and he mentioned time he spent teaching at Bennett High School. The candidate made his announcement at the Reverend Bennett Smith Family Life Center surrounded by family and supporters.

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