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)