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.