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Filing deadline approaches for special city council election in Dover, Del.

Candidates interested in running in the special election for the District 1 seat of the Dover City Council in Delaware have until Nov. 1 to file. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 16. No primary election was scheduled.

The special election was called after Matthew Lindell resigned from his seat on the nine-seat city council after deciding to move from the district. Lindell served from 2017 to 2021.

Dover is the capital city of Delaware. Ballotpedia covers elections for mayor, city council, and district attorney in all capital cities in the U.S.

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Northern Mariana Islands to hold special election on Oct. 16

The special general election for Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives District 3 is on Oct. 16. Corina Magofna (D) is competing against Grace Sablan Vaiagae (R). The filing deadline to run passed on Sept. 3.

The special election became necessary after Ivan A. Blanco (R) died while in office on July 23. Blanco served from 2017 to 2021.

The Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives includes eight Republican members, eight Democratic members, three independents, and one vacancy.

Ballotpedia does not track the number of special elections taking place in U.S. Territories such as the Northern Mariana Islands. However, as of October 2021, 64 state legislative special elections had been scheduled for 2021 in 21 states. Between 2011 and 2020, an average of 75 state legislative special elections took place each year.



Two challengers defeat incumbents in Birmingham general runoff election

Birmingham, Ala., held a general runoff election on Oct. 5. The runoff was necessary after no candidate earned a majority of the vote in several races during the general election on Aug. 24. 

Candidates competed for two seats on the nine-seat city council. Challengers defeated incumbents in both districts. J.T. Moore won the District 4 seat against incumbent William Parker, earning 58.4% of the vote to Parker’s 41.6%. In District 9, LaTonya Tate received 51.6% of the vote to defeat incumbent John Hilliard, who received 48.4%.

Candidates also competed for two seats on the nine-seat Birmingham Board of Education. In District 9, Jason Meadows earned 72.1% of the vote, defeating Le’Darius Hilliard with 27.9%. The District 1 race remained too close to call, with only a few votes separating incumbent Douglas Ragland from challenger Sherman Collins Jr.



Birmingham, Ala., to hold general runoff election Oct. 5

The general runoff election in Birmingham, Ala., is on Oct. 5. The general election was held on Aug. 24, and the filing deadline to run passed on July 10.

General runoffs became necessary after no candidate earned a majority of the vote in four races during the general election in August.

Candidates are competing for two seats on the nine-seat city council. In District 4, incumbent William Parker is facing challenger J.T. Moore. In District 9, incumbent John Hilliard will face challenger LaTonya Tate. 

Candidates will also be competing for two seats on the nine-seat Birmingham City School District Board of Education. In District 1, the candidates are incumbent Douglas Ragland and challenger Sherman Collins Jr. In the District 9 race, Le’Darius Hilliard and Jason Meadows are running for an open seat.

Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama and the 99th-largest city in the U.S. by population.



Durham to hold municipal primary election on Oct. 5

The municipal primary election in Durham, N.C., is on Oct. 5. Candidates are competing to advance to the general election scheduled for Nov. 2. The filing deadline to run passed on Aug. 13.

Seven candidates filed to run in the nonpartisan mayoral primary. The incumbent mayor Steve Schewel did not file to run for re-election. Candidates also filed to run for three seats on the seven-seat city council.

Durham is the fourth-largest city in North Carolina and the 81st-largest city in the U.S. by population.



Bousselot (R) defeats Phillips (D) in Iowa state House special election

A special general election was held for Iowa House of Representatives District 37 on Sept. 14. Mike Bousselot (R) defeated Andrea Phillips (D), earning 51.6% of the vote to Phillips’ 48.4%.

There was no primary election, as the candidates were selected directly by their respective political parties.

The special election became necessary after John Landon (R) died on July 29. Landon served from 2013 to 2021.

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. After Bousselot is sworn in, Republicans will control the Iowa House of Representatives by a margin of 59 to 40, with one vacancy.

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. Iowa held 22 special elections between 2010 and 2020.



Filing deadline approaches for Miami municipal election

The filing deadline to run for elected office in Miami is on Sept. 18. Prospective candidates may file for mayor and two seats on the five-seat city commission.

The general election is scheduled for Nov. 2. If no candidate earns more than 50% of the vote, a runoff election will be held Nov. 16.

Miami is the second-largest city in Florida and the 44th-largest city in the U.S. by population.

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Filing deadline approaches for Mississippi state legislative special elections

Candidates interested in running in special elections for Mississippi state Senate Districts 32 and 38 have until Sept. 13 to file. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 2. If no candidate wins a majority of the vote in the general elections, runoffs will be held on Nov. 23.

In District 32, the special election was called after Sampson Jackson (D) retired on June 30. He served from 1992 to 2021. 

The District 38 seat became vacant when Tammy Witherspoon (D) was elected as mayor of Magnolia, Mississippi. Witherspoon served from 2016 to 2021.

Mississippi 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 control the Mississippi state Senate by a margin of 36 to 14 with two vacancies.

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. Mississippi held 42 special elections from 2010 to 2020.



Birmingham, Ala., holds municipal general election

Birmingham, Ala., held a municipal general election on Aug. 24. Candidates ran in nonpartisan elections for mayor and all nine seats on the city council. The filing deadline to run passed on July 10.

Voters re-elected Mayor Randall L. Woodfin to a second term. He defeated seven other candidates in the nonpartisan mayoral race, earning 64.3% of the vote.

Voters re-elected incumbents in six out of eight districts where an incumbent was running, with one race remaining too close to call as of Aug 25. In District 4, incumbent William Parker and challenger J.T. Moore will face each other in a general runoff election after no candidate in the race earned more than 50% of the vote. The general runoff will take place on Oct. 5.

Carol Clarke won the sole open seat on the council in District 8 with 51.7% of the vote, defeating seven other candidates.

The City Council District 1 race was canceled after incumbent Clinton Woods was the sole candidate who filed to run. 

Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama by population and the 99th-largest city in the U.S. 

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Municipal primary approaches in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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The municipal primary election in St. Petersburg, Fla., is on Aug. 24. Candidates are competing to advance to the general election scheduled for Nov. 2. The filing deadline to run passed on June 18.

Nine candidates filed to run in the nonpartisan mayoral race. Incumbent Rick Kriseman did not file to run for re-election.

Candidates also filed to run for five seats on the eight-seat city council. City council districts 1, 4, and 8 are holding primary elections in which more than two candidates are on the ballot. In Districts 2 and 6, the primary was canceled after only two candidates filed to run in each race.

St. Petersburg is the fifth-largest city in Florida and the 77th-largest city in the U.S. by population.