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Three Republicans declare their candidacies ahead of Louisiana Supreme Court special election filing deadline

The District 1 seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court is up for a special primary election on October 12. If no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, a general election is scheduled for November 16. The filing deadline for interested candidates is August 8. The court comprises seven justices from seven districts elected to 10-year terms.
 
Three Republicans have declared their candidacy ahead of the August filing deadline:
  • Judge Will Crain of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Richard Ducote, a private practice attorney. In 2018, Ducote ran unsuccessfully for the District 1 seat against incumbent Greg Guidry (R).
  • Judge Scott Schlegel, the Division D judge for Louisiana’s 24th Judicial District.
Justice Guidry vacated the seat after President Donald Trump (R) appointed him to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. President Trump nominated Guidry on January 17, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him on June 19 by a vote of 53-46. He received his commission on June 21.
 


Independent filing deadline passes in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne

The deadline for independent candidates to run for office in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne passed on June 1.
 
In Indianapolis, the elections for mayor and all 25 city council seats are on November 5. The filing deadline for major-party candidates was February 8, and partisan primaries were held on May 7. Mayor Joseph Hogsett (D) was first elected in 2015 and is seeking a second term. Two independents, Javontae Bibbs and John Schmitz, filed to run in the mayoral election. Entering the 2019 election, the Indianapolis City Council has 14 Democrats and 11 Republicans.
 
In Fort Wayne, the elections for mayor, city clerk, and all nine seats on the city council are also on November 5. Mayor Tom Henry (D) first took office in 2008 and is seeking a fourth term. City Clerk Lana Keesling (R) was first elected in 2015 and is seeking a second term. No independents filed to run for either position. Entering the 2019 election, the Fort Wayne City Council has two Democrats and seven Republicans.
 
Indianapolis is the largest city in Indiana and the 12th-largest city in the U.S. by population. Fort Wayne is the second-largest city in Indiana and the 75th-largest city in the U.S. by population.
 


Six Republicans, zero Democrats file in South Carolina special election

The candidate filing deadline passed on June 15 for a special election to fill the vacant District 84 seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives. A primary is scheduled for July 30 and the general election is on October 1. If necessary, a primary runoff has been scheduled for August 13.
 
The seat became vacant after Ronnie Young (R) passed away on May 19. Six Republican candidates filed in the special primary: Cody Anderson, Danny Feagin, Ralph Gunter, Melissa Oremus, Alvin Padgett, and Sean Pumphrey. No other candidates filed in the race.
 
As of June 18, 60 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 23 states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.
 
Entering the special election, the South Carolina House of Representatives had 44 Democrats, 78 Republicans, and two vacancies. South Carolina 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.
 


Republicans seek to hold vacant Florida House seats

Special elections for two seats in the Florida House of Representatives will be held Tuesday. These partisan special elections were called in District 7 and District 38.
 
In District 7, candidates Ryan Terrell (D) and Jason Shoaf (R) face off in the race. The seat became vacant after Halsey Beshears (R) resigned on January 11 to become Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Terrell was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Shoaf defeated three candidates in the Republican primary to advance to the general election.
 
In the race for District 38, Kelly Smith (D) faces Randy Maggard (R). The seat became vacant after Daniel Burgess (R) was appointed as the Executive Director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on January 24. Smith was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Maggard defeated David McCallister in the Republican primary to advance to the general election.
 
Both seats were up for election in 2018. Beshears was unopposed in his re-election bid to District 7, and Burgess faced independent candidate David TK Hayes in the District 38 race. Burgess received 44,203 votes (66.3%), while Hayes received 22,451 votes (33.7%).
 
A special election for District 97 was also called in 2019, but the primary and general elections were both canceled because only one candidate, Dan Daley (D), qualified for the ballot. Daley won election to the position outright and will take office in June 2019. The seat became vacant after Jared Moskowitz (D) resigned in January 2019 to become the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
 
Partisan primaries were held on April 9. Candidates were required to file by February 14.
 
As of June, 59 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 23 states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.
 
Entering the special election, the Florida House of Representatives had 46 Democrats, 71 Republicans, and three vacancies. Florida 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.
 


Alabama House special election sees contested Republican primary

A special primary for District 74 of the Alabama House of Representatives is scheduled for Tuesday. Rayford Mack is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, while six candidates—Michael Fritz, Tobias Grant, Jesse Heifner, Jay King, Charlotte Meadows, and Daniel Sparkman—are competing in the Republican primary. The seat became vacant when Dimitri Polizos (R) died of a heart attack on March 27, 2019.
 
If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, a special primary runoff will be held on August 27. If no primary runoff election is necessary, the general election will be moved up to August 27, instead of the current date of November 12. The filing deadline for major party candidates was April 9, while independent candidates—who do not participate in the primary—have until June 11 to file.
 
As of June, 59 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 23 states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.
 
Entering the special election, the Alabama House of Representatives had 28 Democrats, 76 Republicans, and one vacancy. Alabama 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.
 


Special primary for New Jersey state legislative seat on Tuesday

A special primary for the District 1 seat of the New Jersey State Senate is scheduled for June 4. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 1, and the general election is on November 5, 2019.
 
The seat became vacant after Jeff Van Drew (D) won election to New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House on November 6, 2018. Bob Andrzejczak (D) was appointed to fill the seat until the special election could be held. In New Jersey, special elections coincide with the next general election unless the vacancy occurs within 51 days of the election.
 
Andrzejczak is unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Mike Testa is unopposed in the Republican primary.
 
As of May 29, 55 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 22 states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.
 
Entering the special election, the New Jersey State Senate had 26 Democrats and 14 Republicans. The New Jersey General Assembly had 54 Democrats and 26 Republicans.
New Jersey 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.
 


Republicans keep seats in Pennsylvania specials

On Tuesday, three state legislative special elections were held in Pennsylvania. The seats for Senate District 33, Senate District 41, and House District 11 were on the ballot. Candidates running for special elections in Pennsylvania are selected directly by political parties, rather than through a primary election process.
 
Doug Mastriano (R) defeated Sarah Hammond (D) in the race for Senate District 33. Mastriano received 7,863 votes (69.5 percent) according to the unofficial election night count, and Hammond received 3,445 votes (30.5 percent). The seat became vacant after Richard Alloway (R) resigned on February 28, 2019. Penn Live reported that Alloway explained his resignation was due to political gridlock, a lack of advancement opportunities, and burn out.
 
In District 41, Joe Pittman (R) defeated Susan Boser (D). Pittman received 24,236 votes (65.6 percent), while Boser received 12,708 votes (34.4 percent). The seat became vacant after Don White (R) resigned on February 28, 2019, for health reasons.
 
In the race for House District 11, Marci Mustello (R) defeated Samuel Doctor (D). Mustello received 5,808 votes (57.4 percent), and Doctor received 4,312 votes (42.6 percent). The seat became vacant after Brian Ellis (R) resigned on March 18, 2019, following allegations of sexual assault.
 
As of May, 55 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 22 states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.
 
Entering the special election, the Pennsylvania State Senate had 22 Democrats, 26 Republicans, and two vacancies. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives had 93 Democrats, 109 Republicans, and one vacancy. Pennsylvania has a divided government, and no political party holds a state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.
 
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Pair of runoffs on Tuesday for Phoenix City Council

Special general runoff elections for Districts 5 and 8 of the Phoenix City Council are being held on Tuesday. The nonpartisan runoff was called because no candidate received at least 50 percent of the vote in the special election held on March 12. The filing deadline for candidates who wished to run in the election was December 12, 2018.
 
In the District 5 race, incumbent Vania Guevara faces challenger Betty Guardado, while newcomers Carlos Garcia and Michael Johnson are competing in District 8.
 
The special election became necessary after former District 5 representative Daniel Valenzuela and former District 8 representative Kate Gallego both resigned to run for mayor of Phoenix in a special election on November 6, 2018. They advanced to a special runoff election on March 12, 2019, where Gallego defeated Valenzuela.
 
Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona and the sixth-largest city in the U.S. by population.
 
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Two advance to June runoff in San Antonio mayor race

The city of San Antonio held nonpartisan general elections for mayor on Saturday. None of the nine mayoral candidates, including incumbent Ron Nirenberg, won at least 50 percent of the vote in the election. As a result, the top two vote recipients—Nirenberg (49,297 votes) and challenger Greg Brockhouse (46,129 votes)—advanced to a general runoff election on June 8. Nirenberg was first elected as mayor in 2017, and he is running for a second term. The filing deadline to run for office was February 15.
 
Ballotpedia also covered elections for all 10 seats on the San Antonio City Council on Saturday. The races in Districts 2, 4, and 6 advanced to a June runoff election, while the remaining seven districts were won outright in the general election.
 
Thirty-one mayoral elections in the nation’s 100 largest cities are being held in 2019. In 20 of those cities, the incumbent was Democratic at the start of 2019. Seven incumbents were Republican, three were independent, and the affiliation of one was unknown. As of May 2019, one partisan change has taken place. Voters in Phoenix, Arizona, elected Kate Gallego (D) in a nonpartisan mayoral runoff election on March 12, 2019. Gallego succeeded Thelda Williams, a Republican.
 
San Antonio is the second-largest city in Texas and the eighth-largest city in the U.S. by population.
 


Virginia Beach holding 3 regular and 3 special elections in 2019

The city of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is holding regular elections for clerk of court and two positions on the Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District on November 5, 2019, as well as a special election for treasurer after the 2018 retirement of John Atkinson, who served in the position for 41 years. Atkinson’s son—Clay Atkinson—filed in the election and faces interim incumbent Leigh Henderson.
 
Two additional special elections will be held on November 5 for the Beach District and Rose Hall District seats on the Virginia Beach City Council. In the Beach District, Councilman David Nygaard was removed from office on March 19 after local judges ruled he did not meet the residency requirements to fill the seat. He was first elected to the position on November 6, 2018. On April 23, the council appointed interim member Guy Tower to serve until the November election.
 
Councilwoman Shannon Kane also resigned from her position as representative of the Rose Hall District on April 6, 2019. According to WAVY, Kane purchased a home outside of the district and was moving immediately. She also filed to seek election to the Virginia House of Delegates to represent District 21 and is running in the general election on November 5, 2019. The council has until May 7 to choose Kane’s successor.
 
The filing deadline for clerk of court and city treasurer was March 28, and a primary election for these positions is on June 11. The candidate filing deadline for the Virginia Dare District members and independent candidates for all races is June 11, and the filing deadline for the special city council elections is August 16.
 


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