A few words about me
Serving people and creating safe, clean, loving neighborhoods has always been Le'Candice Durham's passion. Being a servant leader, a manager of people, a community activist, and a dedicated neighbor, all serve to support Le'Candice in her budding political career. Like many, she does not believe political experience is a pre-requisite for excellent governmental leadership. Committed and impactful change starts with caring for your neighbor.
When Le'Candice was a young girl, her late grandfather, James, gave her the nickname "Missionary." Le'Candice never understood why her grandfather gave her that name until now.A mission to serve as the Mayor of the City of Buffalo was never on Le'Candice's radar until the middle of 2020, when, during Covid-19, the heart that was already loyal to the City of Buffalo grew exponentially. Working as a Complaint Clerk for the city's 311 line, Le'Candice heard first-hand the concerns of her neighbors on a daily basis. Working remotely from home, the city's cries and concerns resonated in an even more personal way.
Unable to walk away from her innate compassion for people and her desire to see the City of Good Neighbors thriving in all areas, Le'Candice was called to enter the 2021 Mayoral campaign.
Le'Candice was born and raised in Buffalo with four siblings on the city's Eastside. While growing up in the Coldsprings and Delavan/Grider area, she had great role models that taught her the importance of caring for her community. Some of her role models include: Community Activist and President of Board of Block Clubs, Louise Bonner, who passed away in 2012; Mayor Byron W. Brown, whom she knew since he was the Masten District Councilman, and her father, Leonard Lane, who is a faithful servant to our city today.
As a teen, Le'Candice's parents had her involved in many organizations and programs such as the City of Buffalo Youth Court Program and the Masten District Junior Block Club, where she served as President. Additionally, she was active in the Fernhill Block Club.
A graduate of Bennett High School with honors, Le'Candice spent seven years as a People Manager at McDonald's and attended school in the evenings. She graduated from Bryant and Stratton College with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice in 2015, also with honors.
After graduating, Le'Candice worked at Bristol Home as an Activities Assistant and built strong relationships with the seniors and staff. Due to a previous civil service exam, she was offered a Buffalo Police Cellblock Attendant role in 2016. She trained for the role and became a certified New York State Peace Officer, but unfortunately, she witnessed numerous incidences of abuse of power during her year in the Cellblock, and it is an environment she desires to change.
After working as a City of Buffalo Permit and Inspections clerk. Le'Candice prayed to God for the right position and the right timing. Able to apply all her knowledge from working at McDonald's, Bristol Home, the Cellblock, and Permit & Inspections, she earned a role as a Complaint Clerk in the City of Buffalo Call Resolution Line, Office of the Mayor in 2018.
Le'Candice understands what it is like to deal with multiple personalities, complaints, and conflicting leadership styles. She is equipped, passionate, and has built a strong community network over the almost 40 years she has lived in this great city. The time for neighbors to be united is now. Le'Candice is the leader this city needs.
Le'Candice and her husband Larry reside in Riverside with their six children. A small business owner of Candi Eyez, a fashion glasses and accessories store, she is also President of the Poppy Kidz Klub, a not-for-profit organization that was started after her young niece was tragically killed by a motor vehicle on Fernhill Avenue. The organization helps young children get through traumatic experiences. Le'Candice is also the block club leader on her street and is very active in serving the community and Buffalo Homeless.