Category: Local

  • 23 candidates file for NYC Public Advocate special election

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    Twenty-three candidates filed to run for the February 26 nonpartisan special election for New York City Public Advocate, the city’s second-highest office. They include four members of the New York State Assembly and five former and current members of the City Council.   The previous public advocate, Letitia James, was elected attorney general of New York…

  • Republican mayor faces five challengers but no Democrats in re-election bid in Jacksonville, Florida

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    Sixty-four candidates filed to run for the 24 Jacksonville city offices that are up for election on March 19. The offices of mayor, supervisor of elections, property appraiser, sheriff, tax collector, and all 19 city council seats will be on the ballot. The filing deadline passed on January 11. A runoff election is scheduled for…

  • Jacksonville filing deadline preview

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    Jacksonville, Florida, is holding its elections on March 19, 2019, with a runoff election scheduled for May 14 if required. Candidates hoping to appear on the ballot have until January 11 to file for election. A total of 24 offices are up for election, including mayor, supervisor of elections, property appraiser, sheriff, tax collector, and…

  • Long Beach City Council votes to change election dates to coincide with state election schedule

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    The Long Beach City Council in California unanimously voted on January 8 to change the city’s election schedule to coincide with the state’s. Rather than holding general elections in April and runoff elections in June, the city and the Long Beach Unified School District will hold general elections in March and runoff elections in November…

  • Wisconsin school board elections see more primaries, higher number of candidates compared to 2018

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    In Wisconsin, more candidates filed to run in six Madison-area school board elections this year compared to their last elections in 2018. A total of 30 candidates have filed to run for the 18 seats on the ballot, which is an average of 1.67 candidates per seat. Primaries for three of the seats will be…

  • Chicago Ald. Ed Burke charged with extortion, challengers and mayoral candidates weigh in

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    Last week, Chicago Alderman Ed Burke was charged with extortion. Burke has represented Chicago’s 14th Ward since 1969 and is the longest-serving alderman in the city’s history.   The FBI filed a complaint in the U.S. Northern District of Illinois court alleging that Burke attempted to use his position as alderman to solicit business for…

  • Ja’Mal Green withdraws from Chicago mayoral race, 17 candidates remain

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    On Monday, activist Ja’Mal Green withdrew from Chicago’s nonpartisan mayoral race, bringing the candidate field to 17.   In his withdrawal announcement, Green said his campaign lacked sufficient resources to continue amid a petition challenge launched by candidate Willie Wilson’s campaign lawyer. The challenge stated that Green didn’t have the required number of valid signatures…

  • Three candidates disqualified from Chicago mayoral race: Field now at 18

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    The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners announced Thursday that three mayoral candidates had been disqualified from the ballot.   Richard Mayers and Conrein Hykes Clark did not have the required number of valid signatures (12,500), and Sandra Mallory filed her paperwork incorrectly, a board spokesperson said.   That leaves 18 candidates in the mayoral race.…

  • 2019 mayoral election preview

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    In 2019, Ballotpedia will cover 31 mayoral elections across the 100 largest cities by population in the United States.   As of December 2018, the mayors of 60 of the country’s largest 100 cities are affiliated with the Democratic Party, 28 are affiliated with the Republican Party, seven are independents, four have unknown party affiliations,…

  • Local recalls headline Ballotpedia’s year-end recall report

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    Recall efforts targeting local officials in Michigan, North Dakota, Oregon, and Wisconsin topped Ballotpedia’s list of notable recall efforts in 2018. Ballotpedia covered a total of 206 recall efforts against 299 officials this year. Of the 123 officials whose recalls made it to the ballot, 77 were recalled and 46 survived the attempt. This year’s…