The special election for District 11B of the Minnesota House of Representatives is on March 19. Hinckley City Councilman Tim Burkhardt (D) and Clover Township Board Supervisor Nathan Nelson (R) are facing off in the general election.
The seat became vacant after Jason Rarick (R) won a special election for District 11 of the Minnesota State Senate on February 5. Rarick had represented District 11B of the state House since 2015. He was re-elected in 2018 with 59.7 percent of the vote in the general election.
The Minnesota House of Representatives currently has 75 Democrats, 58 Republicans, and one vacancy. Minnesota has a divided government, and no political party holds a state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.
- David Buckingham: Judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 1997 to 2005 and judge on a circuit court from 1987 to 1996.
- Tyler L. Gill: Judge on a circuit court since 1995 and on a district court from 1993 to 1995.
- Carla Williams: Judge on a circuit court since 2004.
Nine state legislative elections were held across six states on March 12, 2019. Seven were general elections, and two—one in Georgia and one in Texas—were general runoff elections. Four elections were called due to the previous incumbent being elected to different positions, three were called due to appointments to different positions, and one each was called due to a resignation and a death. Democratic incumbents previously held six of the seats, and Republican incumbents previously held the other three seats.
The special elections in Mississippi all featured nonpartisan candidates, although regular Mississippi elections are partisan. Mississippi House Districts 32 and 71 were previously held by Democrats, and House District 101 was previously held by a Republican. Both seats previously held by Democrats were won outright in the general, but the District 101 race advanced to a general runoff after none of the five candidates received over 50 percent of the vote. The general runoff election is scheduled for April 2, 2019.
In Maine House District 124, Pennsylvania House Districts 114 and 190, and Texas House District 125, Democratic candidates were elected to replace their Democratic predecessors. Similarly, Republican candidates won election to seats previously held by Republican incumbents in Georgia House District 176 and Tennessee House District 32.
A state government trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and both state legislative chambers. Maine holds a Democratic trifecta. Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas have Republican trifectas. Pennsylvania is under divided government.
As of March 2019, 45 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 18 states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.
James Burchett (R) defeated Franklin Patten (R) in a runoff election on Tuesday, March 12, to become the next representative for Georgia House of Representatives District 176.
The district became vacant after former Rep. Jason Shaw (R) was appointed to serve on the Georgia Public Service Commission starting on January 1, 2019. Burchett and Patten advanced to a runoff after defeating two other candidates in the special general election on February 12.
Georgia is currently a Republican trifecta—a state where one political party holds the governor’s office and controls both state legislative chambers. Georgia became a Republican trifecta in 2005 when the Republican Party took control of the state House.
The District 19 seat in the Connecticut House of Representatives is up for special election on April 16. On March 8 and March 9, political parties held conventions to select their nominees. The Democratic nominee is Tammy Exum, and the Republican nominee is Robert Margolis.
Derek Slap (D), the previous District 19 representative, vacated the seat on February 26 after he won a special election for the District 5 seat in the Connecticut State Senate. Slap was first elected to the state House in 2016 with more than 53 percent of the vote, and he ran unopposed for re-election in 2018. The prior officeholder, Brian Becker (D), was elected in 2010 and re-elected in both 2012 and 2014.
Entering the special election, the Connecticut House of Representatives has 90 Democrats, 60 Republicans, and one vacancy. A majority in the chamber requires 76 seats. Connecticut has a Democratic trifecta, which exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and both state legislative chambers.
As of March 12, 45 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 18 states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.
On March 11, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) appointed North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Mark Davis as an associate justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Davis will succeed Justice Cheri Beasley, who was previously elevated to the position of chief justice. Davis will assume office on April 8, 2019. Davis must run for election in 2020 to remain an associate justice.
The associate justice position was vacant following Chief Justice Mark Martin’s retirement on February 28 and Beasley’s elevation as chief justice. In the event a supreme court justice retires midterm, he or she is replaced via gubernatorial appointment. Otherwise, selection of North Carolina Supreme Court justices primarily occurs through partisan elections. Supreme court justices serve eight-year terms.
Davis was appointed to the state court of appeals by Gov. Bev Perdue (D) on December 31, 2012. He was elected to serve a full term on the court in 2014. Before his judicial career, Davis was general counsel for Gov. Perdue from 2011 to 2012 and was a special deputy attorney general for the state Department of Justice from 2006 to 2011.
Davis received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He received a master of laws (LL.M.) degree in judicial studies from Duke University School of Law in 2018.
At the time of Davis’ appointment, the seven-member court included the following members:
–Cheri Beasley – Initially appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue (D)
–Anita Earls – Elected in 2018 (D)
–Sam Ervin – Elected in 2014
–Robin Hudson – Elected in 2006
–Michael Morgan – Elected in 2016
–Paul Martin Newby – Elected in 2004
Although the justices elected between 2004 and 2016 were elected in nonpartisan elections, Justice Newby is known as the sole Republican on the court.