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Filing deadline for Albuquerque mayoral race is June 19

The filing deadline to run for mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is on June 19. A separate filing deadline for five of the nine Albuquerque City Council seats is on July 5.

There will be no primary elections for the mayoral race. Instead, all candidates will appear on the same general election ballot regardless of their partisan affiliations. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and the 32nd-largest city in the U.S. by population.

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Eleven incumbents file to run for re-election to offices in King County, Wash.

The filing deadline passed on May 21 to run for elected office in King County, Wash. Candidates filed for the following positions:

Mayor of Seattle

Seattle City Attorney

Seattle City Council Position 8 At-Large

Seattle City Council Position 9 At-Large

Port of Seattle Commission Position 1

Port of Seattle Commission Position 3

Port of Seattle Commission Position 4

King County Executive

Metropolitan King County Council District 1

Metropolitan King County Council District 3

Metropolitan King County Council District 5

Metropolitan King County Council District 7

Metropolitan King County Council District 9

Eleven incumbents filed for re-election. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced in December 2020 that she would not run for re-election. Fifteen candidates are seeking to become Seattle’s next mayor, including M. Lorena González, who currently holds the Position 9 seat on the Seattle City Council.

The primary is scheduled for Aug. 3, and the general election is scheduled for Nov. 2.

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Eight candidates file to run in two Georgia state House special elections

Candidates interested in running in the special elections for Georgia House of Representatives Districts 34 and 156 had until May 7 to file. The general election in both districts is scheduled for June 15. If no candidate earns a majority of the vote in the general election, the top two vote-getters will advance to a general runoff election. The runoff, if necessary, will be held on July 13. The winners of the special elections will serve until January 2023.

In the District 34 special election, Sam Hensley Jr. (D), Priscilla Smith (D), David Blinkhorn (R), Devan Seabaugh (R), and Chris Neill (L) filed to run. The special election became necessary after Bert Reeves (R) resigned his seat on April 30 to become Georgia Institute of Technology’s vice president of university relations. Reeves served in the state House from 2015 to 2021.

In the District 156 special election, Wright Gres (D), Leesa Hagan (R), and Wally Sapp (R) filed to run. The special election became necessary when Greg Morris (R) resigned his seat on April 13 to join the Georgia Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Board. Morris served in the state House from 1999 to 2021.

Georgia has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. Republicans control the Georgia House of Representatives by a margin of 101 to 77, with two vacancies.

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Filing deadline approaches in Lansing, Michigan

The filing deadline to run for elected office in Lansing, Michigan, is on April 27, 2021. Prospective candidates may file for mayor and the following positions on the eight-seat city council: the Ward 2 seat, the Ward 4 seat, and two at-large seats. 

The primary is scheduled for August 3, 2021, and the general election is scheduled for November 2. 

Ballotpedia comprehensively covers elections in the 100 largest cities in the United States by population. We also cover elections for mayor, city council, and district attorney in state capitals outside of the 100 largest cities. Lansing is the capital city of Michigan. 

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Filing deadline for Detroit elections is April 20

The filing deadline to run for elected office in Detroit, Michigan, is on April 20. Prospective candidates may file for the following nonpartisan offices:

• Mayor

• City Council (9 seats)

• Clerk

• Board of Police Commissioners (7 seats)

The primary is scheduled for Aug. 3 and the general election is scheduled for Nov. 2.

All 18 offices up for election in 2021 were last up for election in 2017. Mayor Mike Duggan won re-election against one opponent in the general election with 71.6% of the vote. City Clerk Janice Winfrey also won election to a new term that year, as did eight of the nine city council members who ran for re-election. Three of the seven members of the Board of Police Commissioners also won re-election.

Detroit is the largest city in Michigan and the 19th-largest city in the U.S. by population.

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Four Republicans file to run in New Jersey gubernatorial primary, Gov. Murphy draws one primary challenger

Four Republican candidates filed to run for governor of New Jersey ahead of the April 5 filing deadline. Jack Ciattarelli, Brian Levine, Philip Rizzo, and Hirsh Singh will compete in the June 8 primary election for their party’s nomination. The general election will take place on Nov. 2.

Ciattarelli and Singh both ran for governor in 2017. Kim Guadagno, the Republican nominee, received 47% of the vote in the Republican primary. Ciattarelli received 31% and Singh received 10% of the vote.

Governor Phil Murphy (D) faces challenger Roger Bacon in the Democratic primary. Murphy won a six-way Democratic primary with 48% of the vote in 2017. This is Bacon’s second run for governor. In 2009, he ran in a four-way primary against then-Gov. Jon Corzine (D) and received 6% of the vote.

New Jersey is currently a Democratic trifecta, with a Democratic governor and Democratic majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. New Jersey was last under divided government in 2017, when Democrats controlled the legislature and Chris Christie (R) was governor.

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New Jersey statewide filing deadline is April 5

The filing deadline to run for elected office in New Jersey is on April 5, 2021. In New Jersey, prospective candidates may file for the following offices:

• Governor

• Lieutenant Governor

• New Jersey State Senate (all 40 seats)

• New Jersey General Assembly (all 80 seats)

Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in the following counties:

• Essex County

• Hudson County

The primary is scheduled for June 8, and the general election is scheduled for November 2.

New Jersey’s statewide filing deadline is the fifth of six to take place in the 2021 election cycle. The last statewide filing deadline is on May 21 in Washington.

New Jersey has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. Democrats have a 25-14 majority with one vacancy in the state Senate and a 52-28 majority in the state House. Democratic Governor Phil Murphy was elected to office in 2017.

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Virginia statewide filing deadline is March 25

The filing deadline to run for elected office in Virginia is on March 25, 2021. In Virginia, prospective candidates may file for the following offices:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Virginia House of Delegates (all 100 seats)

Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in the following cities:

  • Chesapeake
  • Norfolk
  • Richmond
  • Virginia Beach

The Democratic primary is scheduled for June 8, the Republican convention is scheduled for May 8, and the general election is scheduled for Nov. 2, 2021.

Virginia’s statewide filing deadline is the fourth to take place in the 2021 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on April 5 in New Jersey.

Virginia has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. Democrats control the House of Delegates with a 55-45 majority and the state Senate with a 21-18 majority with one vacancy. Democratic Governor Ralph Northam was elected in 2017.

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Filing deadline passes to run for school board in Oregon

On March 18, 2021, the filing deadline passed to run for school board in eight school districts in Oregon. Candidates filed to run in the following districts:

  • Beaverton School District
  • Centennial School District 28J
  • David Douglas School District
  • Parkrose School District 3
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Reynolds School District 7
  • Salem-Keizer Public Schools
  • Scappoose School District 1J

The general election is scheduled for May 18, 2021. There is no primary. School board elections in these districts are nonpartisan.

These eight districts served a total of 165,126 students during the 2016-2017 school year.

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Filing deadline to pass for special election in Alabama House district

Candidates interested in running in the special election for District 78 of the Alabama House of Representatives have until March 23 to file. A primary is scheduled for May 25, 2021, and the general election is on September 7. The filing deadline for independent and minor party candidates is May 25.

The special election was called after Kirk Hatcher (D) was elected to the Alabama State Senate in a special election on March 2, 2021. He was elected to House District 78 in 2018 with 83.4% of the vote.

Alabama has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. Republicans control the state Senate by a 26-8 margin with one vacancy and the state House by a 76-27 margin with two vacancies.

As of March 2021, 29 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2021 in 16 states. Between 2011 and 2020, an average of 75 special elections took place each year.

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