Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 05:59 pm
An American politician, nurse, and community activist is named for India Walton. On 22nd June 2021, she defeated four-term Mayor Byron Brown. With 100 percent of the votes counted, India Walton leads incumbent Byron Brown by 1,507 votes. Walton has received 52% of the vote, while Brown has received 45%. She announced her candidacy in December 2020. Previously, she worked as the executive director of the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust. She is Buffalo's first female mayor and the first socialist mayor in the United States since Frank Zeidler left office in 1960.
India Walton defeats four-term Buffalo mayor in primary upset
India Walton has been a 14-year-old working mother, a nurse, a union representative, and a socialist community organizer. On Wednesday, she was on the cusp of yet another career change and a series of "firsts" after defeating a four-term incumbent in the Democratic primary race to become the mayor of Buffalo, New York state's second-largest city. Walton would be the first socialist mayor of a major American city since 1960 when Frank Zeidler stepped down as Milwaukee's mayor, the New York Times reported. "This victory is ours. It is the first of many," Walton said, adding: "If you are in an elected office right now, you are being put on notice: we are coming." "Mommy, I won!" Walton told her mother over the phone. "Mommy, I'm the mayor of Buffalo - well not 'til January, but yeah!" "My plan is to put our resources into the community, into neighborhoods, and govern in a deeply democratic way, that the people who are governed have a say over the decision-making process and how resources are deployed in our community," Walton said. Walton focuses on economic development and food access in Buffalo by prioritizing local, minority, and women-owned businesses for contracts, establishing a public bank, and supporting community gardens, her website says.
- Being a politician, nurse, and community activist.
- Being Buffalo's first female mayor.
Where is India Walton from?
India Walton's born year is 1983 and her place of birth is Buffalo, New York, the USA. She holds American nationality and her ethnicity is African-American. Her race is White. She was born and raised in the Monroe Street of Buffalo region. She was born to her mother, Doris Siddiq, and her father, Louis Kelly. By profession, her mother was a nurse for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and her father was a US Army veteran. She grew up with her six siblings. Her present age is 38 as of 2021.
Concerning her educational qualification, she went to Lorraine Elementary and Leonardo da Vinci High School and later earned her GED while expecting twins. She has a bachelor's degree in nursing from SUNY Erie.
How was the Career of India Walton?
- India Walton began her career working as a representative for Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union.
- She was the founding executive director of the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust and the Lead Organizer of Open Buffalo.
- Additionally, she was also the board of directors in Cooperation Buffalo, Locust Street Art, and Slow Roll Buffalo.
- She was a vocal supporter of George Floyd and is the major speaker for Buffalo's Black Lives Matter movement.
- She declared her candidacy for mayor of Buffalo on 12th December 2020. She promised a renter's bill of rights with a tenant advocate and rent control, as well as removing police from most mental health emergency calls and making Buffalo a sanctuary city.
- Walton, Brown, and Le'Candice Durham competed in the Democratic primary for mayor on 22nd June 2021 where India Walton leads incumbent Byron Brown by 1,507 votes. Walton has received 52% of the vote, while Brown has received 45%.
Who is India Walton married to?
Married woman, India Walton's husband's name is Vernon Walton. The duo got married at a young age. She is the mother of three children with her husband and one child to her ex-boyfriend. She became pregnant with her former boyfriend's child when she was just 14 years old and gave birth to the child and named Mahkahi Jones who is 24 years old and works as a technician at Kaleida Health. Then, she became pregnant with twins while she was earning her GED. She gave birth to her twin children, Mikail and Marquan when she was just 19 years old. She also has another child named Mason. Mason is 11 years old now. The couple is enjoying their life happily as of now with their children without any disturbances. Her sexual orientation is straight.
How much is India Walton Net Worth?
India Walton is a politician, nurse, and community activist whose net worth is estimated to have between $50k-$1 Million as of 2021. As per sources her salary ranges from $34,549 to $120,437 with a median salary of $58,643. She has earned a good amount of fortunes from her career. Her major source of wealth comes from a politician's career. She is living a cool lifestyle as of now.
How tall is India Walton?
India Walton is a very beautiful woman with a charming personality and leadership qualities. Her hair color is black with platinum blonde on the top. She has a pair of black eye color. Her body type is fit. Her exact height and weight details are unknown at present. Overall, she has got a healthy body.