Seven of 16 Denver races head to June 4 runoff; others decided outright in general election

Nearly half of the city offices that were on the ballot in Denver’s May 7 general election are heading to a runoff election on June 4. The District 1, 3, 5, 9, and 10 seats on the city council as well as the offices of mayor and clerk and recorder will be decided in the runoff election since no candidate received a majority of votes in the general election.
Incumbent Michael Hancock and Jamie Giellis received the most votes in the mayoral race, defeating eight other candidates (including four write-ins) to advance to the runoff. The general election for the open clerk and recorder position had three candidates. Paul López and Peg Perl defeated Sarah McCarthy to advance to the runoff.
The five city council seats advancing to runoff elections all had at least four candidates running in the general election. The District 5, 9, and 10 incumbents all moved on to the runoff. No incumbents ran for the District 1 and 3 seats.
In the race for city auditor, incumbent Tim O’Brien ran unopposed and won re-election outright in the general election. Incumbents also won re-election to all eight city council seats that did not advance to a runoff. Three won re-election unopposed, while the others defeated between one and six opponents each to win another term on the council.

Judicial filing deadline passes in Hamilton County, Ohio

Candidates had until May 6 to file for seven seats on the Hamilton County Municipal Court in Ohio. Twelve candidates, including six incumbents, filed by the deadline. Judges will be elected in nonpartisan general elections on November 5.
District 6 Judge Richard Bernat did not file for re-election. Three candidates are competing for his open seat. District 1 Judge Dwane Mallory, District 3 Judge Ted Berry, and District 7 Judge Gwen Bender are all unopposed in the general election. In the three other races on the ballot, District 2 Judge Tyrone Yates, District 4 Judge Josh Berkowitz, and District 5 Judge Heather Russell will all face off against one challenger in the general election.
The county court is located in the city of Cincinnati and has jurisdiction over municipal ordinance violations. The court is made up of 14 judges who are elected to six-year terms.
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Incumbent Michael Hancock and urban development consultant Jamie Giellis advance to runoff in Denver mayoral election

Incumbent Michael Hancock and former River North Art District President Jamie Giellis advanced to a June 4 runoff for mayor of Denver. Hancock led with 39.1% of the vote to Giellis’ 25.7%. The third-place candidate, criminal justice professor Lisa Calderón, had 17.4%. A candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote in order to avoid a runoff between the top two finishers.
The central issue in the election was Denver’s approach to housing and development following a decade of rapid population growth. Hancock argued that he had expanded the city’s economy since taking office in 2011 and said his plan for his third term included creating a municipal department of transportation and approving a 20-year development master plan. Giellis, a former urban management consultant and president of Denver’s River North Art District, said that she would expand the role that local residents play in approving development plans and would spend $1 billion to expand access to housing in the city.
Although the election is officially nonpartisan, Hancock and Giellis are both members of the Democratic Party.

Baird wins Lincoln, Nebraska, mayoral election

Lincoln, Nebraska, held general elections for mayor, city council, and one seat on its airport authority on May 7, 2019. City elections are officially nonpartisan and political parties do not appear on the ballot, but candidates have the option to file with political parties. Of the six seats up for election, four were won by Democrats, one by a Republican, and one by a nonpartisan candidate.
Incumbent Mayor Chris Beutler (D) could not run for re-election due to term limits. At-large city council member Leirion Gaylor Baird (D) defeated District 1 city council member Cyndi Lamm (R) in the general election. Baird received 54.4% of the vote to Lamm’s 45.4% of the vote. They faced three other candidates (one Democrat and two nonpartisan candidates) in the officially nonpartisan primary.
The Lincoln city council is made up of four by-district seats and three at-large seats. All four by-district seats were on the ballot. District 3 council member Jane Raybould (D) was the only incumbent to seek re-election. She won another term on the board with 67.8% of the vote. Newcomers James Michael Bowers (D-District 1), Richard Meginnis (R-District 2), and Tammy Ward (D-District 4) all won terms on the board. The last time these seats were on the ballot was in 2015. That year, two Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates were elected.
One of five seats on the Lincoln Airport Authority was also on the ballot. Incumbent Nick Cusick (nonpartisan) received 66.1% of the vote to challenger Aurang Zeb’s (D) 33.1% of the vote.
Lincoln is the second-largest city in Nebraska and the 71st-largest city in the U.S. by population.

No incumbents defeated in Fort Wayne primary, incumbent mayor advances with 86% of the vote

Fort Wayne, Indiana, held partisan primaries for mayor, city clerk, and all nine city council seats on May 7, 2019. Nine incumbents filed for re-election and all advanced to the general election on November 5, 2019.
Current Mayor Tom Henry (D) defeated two challengers in the Democratic primary, Gina Burgess and Tommy Schrader, receiving 86.2% of the vote. Henry will face Tim Smith (R) in the general election. Smith received 56.4% of the vote in the Republican primary. He faced candidates John Crawford and David Roach.
The Fort Wayne City Clerk Democratic and Republican primary elections both featured unopposed candidates. Incumbent Lana Keesling is facing Katie Zuber in the general election.
A total of 25 candidates filed for the nine city council seats. Seven incumbents are seeking another term on the board; one at-large incumbent and the District 6 incumbent did not file for re-election. District 1 incumbent Paul Ensley (R) and District 2 incumbent Russ Jehl (R) did not face challengers in the primary and are unopposed in the general election. District 5 incumbent Geoff Paddock (D) was also unopposed in the primary but faces Taylor Vanover (R) in the general. District 6 candidate Sharon Tucker (D) is the last unopposed candidate in the general election. She defeated two other candidates in the Democratic primary. The remaining six races are all contested.
Independent candidates have until July 1 to file for election. Fort Wayne is the second-largest city in Indiana and the 75th-largest city in the U.S. by population.

Johnson, Griggs head to Dallas mayoral runoff election

On May 4, State Rep. Eric Johnson (D) and Dallas City Councilman Scott Griggs advanced to a June 8 mayoral runoff election in Dallas, Texas. Johnson received 20.3 percent of the vote to Griggs’ 18.5 percent. A runoff will be held as no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote.
Johnson and Griggs were among nine candidates on the general election ballot for Dallas mayor. The seat is open, as incumbent Mike Rawlings (D) is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election. He was first elected in 2011.
The next highest vote-getters on Saturday were nonprofit CEO Lynn McBee and real estate developer Mike Ablon with 14 and 13.5 percent, respectively.
Griggs has been on the city council since 2011, and Johnson has been in the state House since 2010. They were among four candidates in the race who have served elected office.
Dallas is the ninth-largest city in the U.S. by population. It uses a council-manager system, in which the mayor serves on the city council. The council and mayor appoint a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council’s policy and legislative initiatives. The mayor of Dallas does not have veto power but appoints city council committee members and chairs, determines what policy-related agenda items will be considered by the council, and makes policy and budget recommendations.
Dallas also held elections for all 14 city council seats Saturday.

Five of nation’s 100 largest cities, all in Texas, holding mayoral elections Saturday

Voters in five of the nation’s 100 largest cities will head to the polls Saturday to vote for mayors. The cities of Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Garland, and San Antonio—all in Texas— are holding mayoral elections. Thirty-one of the nation’s 100 largest cities have mayoral elections in 2019.
Incumbents in Arlington, Fort Worth, and San Antonio face challengers, while races in Dallas and Garland are open. Each election is nonpartisan, but partisan information for each incumbent is provided below where known.
  • Arlington: Incumbent Jeff Williams (R) faces three challengers.
  • Dallas: Nine candidates seek the open seat. Mayor Mike Rawlings (D) is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election.
  • Fort Worth: Incumbent Betsy Price (R) faces three challengers.
  • Garland: Scott LeMay (affiliation unknown) is the only candidate running for the open seat. The incumbent, Lori Barnett Dodson (affiliation unknown), did not file for re-election.
  • San Antonio: Incumbent Ron Nirenberg (Independent) faces eight challengers.
Runoff elections are possible in all but the Garland race. If no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote in the other four races on Saturday, runoff elections will be held June 8.
Use the links below to see coverage of each race, including candidate lists, past election results, and, once they are available, Saturday’s election results:

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) resigns

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) resigned from her office Thursday. Her resignation came the week after federal investigators raided Pugh’s home and city office as part of an investigation into sales of her “Healthy Holly” children’s’ book series. In a statement read by her attorney, she said, “I am sorry for the harm that I have caused to the image of the city of Baltimore and the credibility of the office of the mayor.”
Pugh had taken a leave of absence from office effective April 2, saying that she was suffering from pneumonia. City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young (D), who has been acting mayor since Pugh’s leave began, succeeded her.
Pugh was first elected mayor in 2016. A state and federal investigation into the sales of her children’s’ book series is ongoing. Pugh had been a member of the board of the University of Maryland Medical System while it ordered her books, while Kaiser Permanente purchased a run as it was bidding for a $48 million city contract. Pugh is estimated to have made over $800,000 from sales of the books.
Young, who has served on the city council since 1996 and as its president since 2010, said that he would not seek election to a full term in 2020, setting up an open-seat race for mayor.

Five running in California school board special election next week

The Trustee Area 5 seat on the Moreno Valley Unified School District Board of Education in California is up for special election on May 7. Five candidates are running for the seat. The filing deadline was February 8. None of the other four seats on the board are scheduled to hold an election in 2019.
The Trustee Area 5 seat was originally vacated in August 2018 when Evan Morgan resigned his position following criminal charges that Morgan said he feared would distract from his work on the board. The Board of Education appointed Darrell Peeden to the seat in October 2018, but the community had 30 days following Peeden’s appointment to gather 231 signatures from Trustee Area 5 voters for a special election to be held in lieu of the appointment. A total of 318 valid signatures were turned in, and the appointment was overturned in December 2018. Peeden filed to run for the seat in the special election.
This is the second such special election to be called in Moreno Valley USD this decade. In May 2013, the school district appointed Gary Baugh to a vacant at-large seat on the board. Following a similar petition drive, Baugh vacated the seat in June of that year and stood for election in November. He won the special election and served until 2018.
The Moreno Valley Unified School District served 33,408 students during the 2016-2017 school year.

Judicial filing deadline on May 6 for Hamilton County, Ohio

Candidates have until May 6 to file for seven seats on the Hamilton County Municipal Court in Ohio. Judges will be elected in nonpartisan general elections on November 5. The winners of the elections will serve six-year terms.
The county court is located in the city of Cincinnati and has jurisdiction over municipal ordinance violations. In total, 14 judges serve on the court. As of April 29, Judge Ted Berry, Judge Heather Russel, and Judge Gwen Bender had filed for re-election.
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