Seven candidates are running in the March 5 election for Tampa’s open mayoral seat. Mayor Bob Buckhorn (D) is term-limited and unable to run for re-election. Transportation and congestion relief are the major issues in this race.
Mayoral elections in Tampa are officially nonpartisan, though candidates are typically members of a political party. Tampa’s mayor is one of 18 Democratic mayorships up for election in 2019, with Republicans and independents each holding another four. No matter who wins the Tampa race, control of the city will not change partisan hands—FOX 13 says that all candidates identify as members of the Democratic Party.
The most recent polling by St. Pete Polls showed former police chief Jane Castor leading philanthropist David Straz 45-13. Four other candidates in the race polled between 6 percent and 9 percent. As of Jan. 22, Straz has raised $1.6 million while Castor has raised $222,000. Ed Turanchik has raised $215,000.
If no candidate receives a majority in the election, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will take place April 23. The last time the city had an open seat mayor’s race was 2011. Five candidates ran and a runoff was required.
- Chicago has hosted more major-party national conventions than any other city at 25. The next most popular spot, Baltimore, held 10.
- Chicago voters last elected a Republican mayor in 1927.
- In 1933, Mayor Anton Cermak was shot and killed in a failed assassination attempt on President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt while the two were meeting in Miami.
- Chicago was the nation’s second-largest city from 1890 to 1982. Its population peaked at 3.6 million in the 1950 census. As of 2017, Chicago had 2.7 million residents.
- Municipal election turnout was at a high of 82% in 1983 and a low of 33% in 2007.
- In 2018, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was responsible for a budget of $8.6 billion, comparable in size to the budget of Iowa.
- Crain’s Chicago Business endorsed Daley
- Former candidate Dorothy Brown backed Amara Enyia
- Illinois Education Association Region 67 endorsed Lightfoot
- Illinois Nurses Association backed Susana Mendoza
- Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards endorsed Toni Preckwinkle
- Cook County Republican Party Chairman Sean Morrison endorsed Willie Wilson (a Democrat)
The November 2018 elections aren’t done yet. A runoff in Phoenix’s mayoral election is taking place on March 12, 2019, between former Phoenix City Council members Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela.
They were the top two vote-getters in the nonpartisan special election on November 6, 2018, although neither candidate surpassed the 50 percent threshold to win outright. Gallego received 44 percent to Valenzuela’s 26 percent in a field of four candidates.
Gallego said her top three priorities would be public safety, infrastructure investments, and job growth. She said she has experience and a proven track record on infrastructure issues, pointing to her work on the campaign to pass Proposition 104, an infrastructure measure seeking to bring $31.5 billion of infrastructure investment over the next 35 years.
Valenzuela said his policy priorities included attracting, retaining, and developing talent, and motivating technology and high-growth companies to remain in Phoenix. He said that he brought an increased focus on public safety to the city council, including helping to secure $50 million in grants for public safety issues and developing the Canyon Corridor Crime Safety Initiative.
Two special elections for District 5 and District 8 of the Phoenix City Council—the seats Gallego and Valenzuela resigned from—will also be on the ballot on March 12.
Three Oklahoma school boards within Ballotpedia’s coverage scope held primaries on February 12. Incumbent Robert West was re-elected to the Catoosa Public Schools school board, and incumbent Staci L. Pruett won re-election to the Moore Public Schools Board of Education. In Tulsa Public Schools, Jania Wester won a special election to fill a vacancy in District 2. In the race for District 1, Nicole Nixon and Stacey Woolley advanced to a general election on April 2, 2019, after neither candidate won a majority of the vote in the primary.
Tulsa Public Schools is the largest of these three school districts and the second-largest school district in Oklahoma. It served 38,625 students during the 2016-2017 school year. Ballotpedia is covering elections for 29 school board seats across 25 Oklahoma school districts in 2019.
On February 8, 2019, the filing deadline passed to run for mayor and three of six city council seats in Las Vegas, Nevada. The mayor of the city occupies the seventh seat of the city council. The primary is on April 2, and the general election is on June 11. Both elections are nonpartisan.
In the race for mayor, incumbent Carolyn Goodman faces six challengers in her bid for a third term. If Goodman is re-elected, term limits will prevent her from seeking a fourth term in the city’s next mayoral election in 2023. First elected in 2011, she succeeded her husband, Oscar B. Goodman, who had served the maximum of three terms in office.
Candidates in the mayoral race include Tina Alexander, former Clark County Treasurer candidate Phil Collins, Zachary Krueger, Amy Luciano, Vance Sanders, and former Nevada State Assembly candidate Mack Miller.
The city council races for Wards 1, 3, and 5 are all contested. Ward 5’s Cedric Crear was the lone incumbent to file for re-election, and he faces two challengers. He was elected to the council in a special election on March 27, 2018, after the resignation of Ricki Barlow. Barlow resigned after pleading guilty to using funds from his 2015 re-election campaign for personal use.
The race for Ward 1 features 10 candidates, and the race for Ward 3 features seven candidates. The last time these seats were up for election in 2015, two candidates filed in Ward 1, and six candidates sought election in Ward 3. The incumbents in both wards won outright in the primary that year.
Las Vegas is the largest city in Nevada and the 29th-largest city in the U.S. by population.
A special election for District 29 on the Nashville Metro Council advanced to a runoff after no candidates received over 50 percent of the vote during the general election. Candidates Nicola La Mattina and Delishia Porterfield will face each other again in the runoff scheduled for March 19, 2019. They defeated Constance Smith-Burwell and Vicky Tataryn in the general election on February 12.
The election was called to fill the seat vacated by former council member Karen Johnson after she was elected to be the Davidson County Register of Deeds in November 2018. Her term was set to expire in 2019.
The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of Johnson’s term and will have to stand for re-election in the regular election on August 1, 2019. All 41 metro council seats will be on the ballot, including the vice-mayor (who presides over the council), five at-large members, and 35 by-district members. Nashville is also holding a mayoral election.
Nashville is the second-largest city in Tennessee and the 24th-largest city in the U.S. by population.
Primaries were held for four of nine city council seats in Oklahoma City on February 12. The city council consists of nine members, including the mayor. While the mayor is elected at large, the other council members are elected by the city’s eight wards.
The races for Wards 2, 5, 6, and 8 were all decided outright in the primary. If no candidate had received at least 50 percent of the vote, a general election would have been held on April 2, 2019. Newcomers James Cooper and Jobeth Hamon were elected in Ward 2 and Ward 6, respectively, while incumbents David Greenwell and Mark Stonecipher were re-elected in Wards 5 and 8.
Oklahoma City is the largest city in Oklahoma and the 26th-largest city in the U.S. by population.