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Leah Halton-Pope  was raised by a working class family right here in Western New York. 

She knows that strong communities are safe communities. From sidewalk repair to business district improvements and affordable housing, Leah will fight for fair development in every neighborhood of Ellicott District

Her listen, learn, and lead approach to public service was inspired by her parents, Antoinette Halton-Singleton and the late-Bishop Nathan Halton of Greater Faith Bible Tabernacle Church on Edison Street, and a decade of working with Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Majority Leader of the NYS Assembly.  

Leah lives in Ellicott District with her husband Marc Pope. Marc serves as chief of staff to retiring Council President Darius Pridgen. 


In addition to her government service, Leah Halton-Pope also served as Director of Government & Community Relations for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York, supporting the work of Roswell Park medical teams that care for tens of thousands of patients annually.


Leah continues to serve as 2nd Vice-President of the Buffalo National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and as a Worship Leader at True Bethel Baptist Church on East Ferry Street.


Leah has been active in politics since becoming the Buffalo Field Organizer in 2012 for ‘Obama for America’, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign for the White House. Prior to becoming a Field Organizer, Leah served as an Advocacy and Special Projects Coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Western New York advancing the needs and concerns of young women and girls while empowering future generations of female leaders

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