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Milwaukee to hold municipal primaries on February 18

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is holding nonpartisan primaries on Tuesday, February 18. A general election will occur on April 7, 2020.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city, the following offices are up for election:
• Mayor
• Common council (15 seats)
• City attorney
• City comptroller

All 15 Milwaukee Common Council seats are up for election in 2020. A primary is held if more than two candidates filed to run for a seat. Primaries are being held for Districts 1, 5, 7, 8, 11, and 14. Candidates running for Districts 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 15 automatically advanced to the general election in April.

Four candidates filed to run in the primary for mayor of Milwaukee. Paul Rasky, Lena Taylor, and Tony Zielinksi are challenging incumbent mayor Tom Barrett. Barrett first assumed office in 2004.

Three candidates filed to run in the primary for Milwaukee City Attorney. Grant Langley, the current city attorney, first assumed office in 1984. He faces Vincent J. Bobot and Tearman Spencer in the primary.

Alex Brower, Jason Fields, and Aycha Sawa are competing in the primary for Milwaukee City Comptroller. Martin Matson, the current city comptroller, did not seek re-election in 2020.

A general election will be held for the office of Milwaukee City Treasurer in April. The primary was canceled after only two candidates filed for the race. Incumbent Spencer Coggs, who first assumed the office in 2012, will face Brandon Methu in the general election on April 7, 2020.

City offices in Milwaukee are officially nonpartisan.

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Additional reading:
Wisconsin elections, 2020 
Elections calendar
List of current mayors of the top 100 cities in the United States
Largest cities in the United States by population 



Pennsylvania statewide filing deadline is February 18

The filing deadline to run for elected office in Pennsylvania is on February 18, 2020. In Pennsylvania, prospective candidates may file for the following state offices:

  • U.S. House of Representatives (18 seats)
  • Attorney General
  • Auditor
  • Treasurer
  • State Senate (25 seats)
  • House of Representatives (203 seats)

The primary is scheduled for April 28, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Pennsylvania’s statewide filing deadline is the 13th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on March 2 in Nebraska.

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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Minnesota House special elections scheduled for Tuesday

Two special general elections are scheduled for February 4 in District 30A and District 60A of the Minnesota House of Representatives. The filing deadline for the special elections passed on December 10, and a primary was held on January 14.

District 30A

Chad Hobot (D) and Paul Novotny (R) are facing off in this special election. Hobot was the only candidate to run in the Democratic primary. Novotny advanced to the general election after winning the Republican primary with 87% of the vote.

District 30A was represented by Nick Zerwas (R) between 2013 and 2019. The seat became vacant on December 6, 2019, after Zerwas resigned due to a heart condition.

District 60A

Sydney Jordan (D) and Marty Super (Legal Marijuana Now Party) are facing off in this special election. Jordan advanced from the Democratic primary with a 28% plurality of the vote in an 11-candidate field. The Republican primary was canceled after no Republicans filed to run in the race. Super was the only Legal Marijuana Now candidate to file in that party’s primary.

District 60A was represented by Diane Loeffler (D) between 2004 and 2019. The seat became vacant on November 16, 2019, after Loeffler passed away.

Heading into the election, Democrats have a 74-58 majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives with two vacancies. Minnesota 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.

As of February, 28 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2020 in 13 states. Between 2011 and 2019, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.

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Filing deadline passes for Maine House special election

On January 23, the filing deadline passed to run in the Maine House of Representatives District 128 special election. Political parties in Maine had until that date to submit candidate nominations to the secretary of state. Two candidates, Kevin O’Connell (D) and Garrel Craig (R), are competing in the general election on March 3, 2020.

The special election was called after Arthur Verow (D) passed away on December 19, 2019. Verow represented District 128 from 2012 to 2016 and from 2018 to 2019.

Heading into the election, Democrats have an 87-61 majority with five independent members and two vacancies in the state House. Maine has a Democratic trifecta. A state government trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and both state legislative chambers.

As of January, 27 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2020 in 13 states. Between 2011 and 2019, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.

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