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Five candidates file for Georgia House special election

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Five candidates have filed to run in the Nov. 2 special election for District 165 in the Georgia House of Representatives. Edna Jackson (D), Sabrina Kent (D), Antwan Lang (D), Clinton Young (D), and Clinton Cowart (L) filed before the Sept. 10 filing deadline. The winner of the special election will serve until January 2023.

The seat became vacant on Aug. 14 after Edward Stephens (D) passed away. He had served in the state House since 2009. He defeated Young in the Democratic primary in 2020 with 63% of the vote, and he was unopposed in the general election that year.

Heading into the special election, Republicans have a 103-76 majority in the Georgia state House with one vacancy. Georgia has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

As of September 2021, 60 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2021 in 20 states. Between 2011 and 2020, an average of 75 special elections took place each year. Georgia held 67 state legislative special elections from 2010 to 2020.

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Special election to be held in Iowa state House district on Sept. 14

A special election is being held on Sept. 14 to fill a vacant seat in District 37 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Andrea Phillips (D) and Mike Bousselot (R) are running in the special election. Both candidates were selected to run in the special election by their respective political parties in conventions. The winner of the special election will serve until January 2023.

This Polk County-based House seat became vacant on July 29 after John Landon (R) died. He had served in the state House since 2013. He won re-election in 2020 by defeating Phillips with 53.1% of the vote.

Heading into the special election, Republicans have a 58-41 majority in the Iowa state House with one vacancy. Iowa has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

As of September 2021, 59 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2021 in 20 states. Between 2011 and 2020, an average of 75 special elections took place each year. Iowa held 22 state legislative special elections from 2011 to 2020.

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Special elections to be held in two New Hampshire House districts

A special primary election is being held on Sept. 7 in the Cheshire 9 District of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. A special general election is also being held to fill a vacant seat in the Hillsborough 7 District in the state House. The winners of the special elections will serve until December 2022.

In the Hillsborough 7 District race, Catherine Rombeau (D) and Linda Camarota (R) will face off in the Sept. 7 special election. Since only one candidate from each political party filed, the primary that was originally scheduled to be held on Sept. 7 was canceled, and the special general election was moved to that date. The special general election was originally scheduled for Oct. 26. The seat became vacant after David Danielson (R) passed away on May 22. He was elected to the state House in 2012.

In the Cheshire 9 District race, Lucille Decker and Rita Mattson are running in the Republican primary on Sept. 7. Andrew Maneval is unopposed in the Democratic primary. The primary winners will face Donald Primrose (ind.) in the Oct. 26 special general election. The seat became vacant after Douglas Ley (D) died from cancer on June 10. He had served in the state House since 2012 and was the state House majority leader from 2019 to 2020.

Heading into the special election, Republicans have a 208-186 majority in the New Hampshire state House with six vacancies. New Hampshire has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

As of September 2021, 57 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2021 in 20 states. Between 2011 and 2020, an average of 75 special elections took place each year. New Hampshire held 29 state legislative special elections from 2011 to 2020.

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Special election for California Assembly District 18 to be held Aug. 31

A special election is being held on Aug. 31 for District 18 in the California State Assembly. Mia Bonta (D) and Janani Ramachandran (D) are running in the election. Bonta and Ramachandran advanced from the June 29 primary election after neither candidate received more than 50% of the vote. The winner of the special election will serve until December 2022.

This Alameda County-based Assembly seat became vacant after Rob Bonta (D) was appointed Attorney General of California by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). He was confirmed by the state legislature on April 22. Bonta had represented District 18 since 2012 and was re-elected in 2020 with 88% of the vote.

Heading into the special election, Democrats have a 59-19 majority in the California State Assembly with one independent member and one vacancy. California has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

As of August, 52 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2021 in 19 states. Between 2011 and 2020, an average of 75 special elections took place each year. California held 32 state legislative special elections from 2010 to 2020.

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Voters in Birmingham to decide mayoral and city council elections on Aug. 24

The city of Birmingham, Ala., is holding a nonpartisan general election for mayor and city council on Aug. 24. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the two candidates with the most votes will advance to the runoff election scheduled for Oct. 5.

In the mayoral race, incumbent Randall L. Woodfin is facing opposition from seven candidates. Former Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, Cerissa Brown, Napoleon Gonzalez, Philemon Hill, Lashunda Scales, Darryl Williams, and Chris Woods are running against Woodfin in the election. In the 2017 mayoral election, Woodfin defeated Bell with 59% of the vote to become the city’s mayor.

All nine seats on the city council are up for election in 2021. Since District 1 incumbent Clinton Woods was the only candidate to file for that seat, the race was canceled. Woods was re-elected to the city council without appearing on the ballot.

  • District 2: Incumbent Hunter Williams, Lawrence Conaway, Kimberly Jeanty, and Don Scott will face off in the general election. Williams was elected to the city council in 2017 with 71% of the vote.
  • District 3: Incumbent Valerie Abbott will face off against Joseph Casper Baker III, Wil Jones, and Alice Speake in the general election. Abbott has served on the city council since 2001 and was re-elected in 2017 with 65% of the vote.
  • District 4: Incumbent William Parker, Gwendolyn Cook Webb, Scottie McClaney, J.T. Moore, and Qunelius Pettway will face off in the general election. Parker has served on the city council since 2013 and was re-elected in 2017 with 74% of the vote.
  • District 5: Incumbent Darrell O’Quinn, Richard Franklin, Hiram Rahim, Erica Robbins, and Roshanique Taylor are facing off in the election. O’Quinn was elected to the city council in 2017 with 52% of the vote.
  • District 6: Incumbent Crystal Smitherman, Keith Aaron, and Keith Williams are running in the general election. Smitherman was appointed to the city council in March 2019 and was elected to the city council in a 2019 special election with 52% of the vote.
  • District 7: Incumbent Wardine Alexander, La’Toya Lee, Lonnie Malone, and Don Stone are facing off in the general election. Alexander was appointed to the city council in October 2018 and was elected to the city council in a 2019 special election with 54% of the vote.
  • District 8: Carol Clarke, Barbara Files-Kennedy, Lynette Peters, Celida Soto, Adlai Trone, Harry Turner, Denise Webber-Jenkins, and Wanda Wright are running in the election. Incumbent Steven W. Hoyt did not file for re-election.
  • District 9: Incumbent John Hilliard, Eric Hall, David Russell, and LaTonya Tate are facing off in the election. Hilliard was elected to the city council in 2017 with 51% of the vote.

Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama and the 99th-largest city in the U.S. by population. It had an estimated population of 209,403 in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2021, Ballotpedia is covering municipal elections in 21 counties and 68 cities, including 40 mayoral elections.

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Three candidates file for Toledo City Council special election

Three candidates have filed to run in the Sep. 14 special election for District 6 on the Toledo City Council in Ohio. The filing deadline for the special election was Aug. 5.

Incumbent Theresa Morris, Kimberly Adkins, and James Nowak are running in the special election. Morris was appointed to the seat on April 20 to replace Chris Delaney. The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of Delaney’s term, which runs through 2023. The special election is nonpartisan, but Morris has been endorsed by the Lucas County Democratic Party. According to the Toledo Blade, Adkins and Nowak are Republicans.

Ballotpedia will also be covering the Toledo mayoral race and the six at-large city council seats that are on the ballot in 2021. The primary for those races will be held on Sep. 14, and the general election is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Toledo is the fourth-largest city in Ohio and the 66th-largest city in the U.S. by population. It had an estimated population of 272,779 in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2021, Ballotpedia is covering municipal elections in 21 counties and 68 cities, including 40 mayoral elections.

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Incumbents advance in Wichita City Council primary races

Voters in Wichita, Kan., held a nonpartisan primary election on Aug. 3 for two seats on the city council. The general election will be held on Nov. 2.

Of the three city council seats on the ballot in 2021, only two required a primary election. In the race that did not require a primary election, District 1 incumbent Brandon Johnson and Myron Ackerman will face off in the general election. Johnson was elected to the city council in 2017.

In the District 3 race, incumbent Jared Cerullo and Mike Hoheisel advanced past the primary by defeating Jason Carmichael, Jerome Crawford, Ian Demory, Cindy Miles, and Tevin Smith. According to unofficial results, Cerullo and Hoheisel received 29% and 27% of the vote, respectively. Cerullo was appointed to the city council in March 2021 to replace James Clendenin. Clendenin resigned on Dec. 31, 2020, after being censured for his role in an attempt to falsely accuse Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple (D) of sexual harassment.

In the District 6 primary, incumbent Cindy Claycomb and Maggie Ballard defeated Martin Garcia, Loren John Hermreck, Dereck Reynolds, and Andy Speck. Claycomb received 41% of the vote, and Ballard received 44%. Claycomb was elected to the city council in 2017.

Wichita is the largest city in Kansas and the 49th-largest city in the U.S. by population. It had an estimated population of 389,938 in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2021, Ballotpedia is covering municipal elections in 22 counties and 68 cities, including 40 mayoral elections.

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Voters in Wichita, Kan., to decide city council primaries on Aug. 3

The city of Wichita, Kan., is holding a nonpartisan primary election on Aug. 3 for two seats on the city council. The top two candidates will advance to the general election on Nov. 2.

In the District 3 race, incumbent Jared Cerullo is facing opposition from six candidates. Jason Carmichael, Jerome Crawford, Ian Demory, Mike Hoheisel, Cindy Miles, and Tevin Smith are running against Cerullo in the primary election. Cerullo was appointed to the city council in March 2021 to replace James Clendenin. Clendenin resigned on Dec. 31, 2020, after being censured for his role in an attempt to falsely accuse Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple (D) of sexual harassment.

In the District 6 race, incumbent Cindy Claycomb will face off against Maggie Ballard, Martin Garcia, Loren John Hermreck, Dereck Reynolds, and Andy Speck in the primary election. Claycomb was elected to the city council in 2017.

The District 1 seat on the city council will also be on the ballot in 2021, but the race does not require a primary election. Incumbent Brandon Johnson and Myron Ackerman will face off in the general election. Johnson was elected to the city council in 2017.

Wichita is the largest city in Kansas and the 49th-largest city in the U.S. by population. It had an estimated population of 389,938 in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2021, Ballotpedia is covering municipal elections in 22 counties and 68 cities, including 40 mayoral elections.

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Candidate filing deadline to pass on July 26 in Hialeah, Fla.

Candidates interested in running for mayor and three city council seats in Hialeah, Fla., have until July 26 to file. The primary election will be held on Nov. 2. If no candidate earns a majority of the vote in the primary election, the top two vote-getters will advance to a general election. The general election, if necessary, will be held on Nov. 16.

Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández is ineligible to run for re-election in 2021 due to term limits. He has served as the city’s mayor since 2011. Mayoral elections in Hialeah are nonpartisan, but media outlets have reported that Hernandez is affiliated with the Republican Party.

The city council seats currently held by Group V incumbent Carl Zogby, Group VI incumbent Paul Hernandez, and Group VII incumbent Katharine Cue-Fuente are on the ballot in 2021. Zogby has served on the city council since 2017. Hernandez was appointed to the city council in 2010, and Cue-Fuente was appointed in 2008. Cue-Fuente is ineligible to run for another term due to term limits.

Hialeah is the sixth-largest city in Florida. It had an estimated population of 233,339 in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2021, Ballotpedia is covering municipal elections in 22 counties and 68 cities, including 40 mayoral elections.

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Voters to decide Concord City Council special election on July 13

The city of Concord, New Hampshire, is holding a nonpartisan special election on July 13 for Ward 4 on the city council. The filing deadline for the special election passed on May 14. The winner of the special election will have to run for re-election in Nov. to retain the seat.

Edith Chiasson, Karen McNamara, and Connor Spern are facing off in the special election. The special election became necessary after Meredith Hatfield resigned from her seat in April to move out of Concord. She had served on the city council since she won a special election for Ward 4 in June 2019.

Concord is the third-largest city in New Hampshire. It had an estimated population of 43,627 in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Ballotpedia will also be covering the Concord mayoral race and 12 city council seats on the Nov. 2 ballot. The filing deadline for those races is Sept. 13. In 2021, Ballotpedia is covering municipal elections in 22 counties and 71 cities, including 43 mayoral elections.

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