The filing deadline to run for school board in the Detroit, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor school districts in Michigan is on July 21, 2020. In each district, three out of seven seats on the school board are up for election.
The general election in each district is scheduled for November 3, 2020. No primaries are scheduled for these races.
During the 2017-2018 school year, these three districts served a total of 88,080 students.
Michigan’s statewide filing deadline passed on April 21 for state legislative offices and on May 8 for congressional and state executive offices.
Marny Xiong, who was an at-large representative on the St. Paul Board of Education, died of COVID-19 on June 7. Her family released a statement on June 8 notifying the public of her death.
Xiong tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, roughly one month before her death. Xiong’s sister posted publicly on Facebook on May 8 that Xiong had contracted the coronavirus and been hospitalized.
Xiong is the second local-level politician that Ballotpedia has identified to have died as a result of COVID-19. The first was Jersey City Council representative Michael Yun, who died on April 6. Ballotpedia is covering the deaths, diagnoses, and quarantines of political incumbents, candidates, and government officials resulting from COVID-19, as well as individuals confirmed to have been tested and found not to carry COVID-19.
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The filing deadlines to run for state-level offices in Alaska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Hawaii, and Minnesota will pass next week. Alaska’s, Kansas’, and Wisconsin’s filing deadlines will pass on June 1. The filing deadlines in Hawaii and Minnesota will pass on June 2.
- State Senate (10 seats)
- State House (40 seats)
- Additionally, Alaska will hold retention elections for one supreme court justice and one court of appeals justice.
- State Board of Education (5 seats)
- State Senate (40 seats)
- State House (125 seats)
- Additionally, Kansas will hold retention elections for one supreme court justice and six court of appeals justices.
Ballotpedia is also covering local offices in Sedgwick County, Kansas.
- State Senate (16 seats)
- State House (99 seats)
- Office of Hawaiian Affairs (4 seats)
- State Senate (13 seats)
- State House (51 seats)
Ballotpedia is also covering local offices in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- State Senate (67 seats)
- State House (134 seats)
- Supreme Court (2 seats)
- Court of Appeals (6 seats)
- Minneapolis Public Schools (4 seats)
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Hennepin County, Minnesota
- Ramsey County, Minnesota
Kansas’ primary is scheduled for August 4, and Hawaii’s primary is scheduled for August 8. Minnesota and Wisconsin’s primaries are scheduled for August 11. Alaska’s primary will be held on August 18. The general elections in all five states are scheduled for November 3, 2020.
Alaska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Hawaii, and Minnesota’s statewide filing deadlines are the 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, and 45th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on June 11 in Connecticut.
Hawaii 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. Alaska, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Minnesota have a divided government where no party holds a trifecta.
A recall election seeking to remove Leanne Ibarra and Jose Lara from their positions on the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education in California is scheduled for June 2, 2020. The election is being conducted by mail-in ballot in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The candidate filing deadline passed on March 6; Allan Maciel and Joseph Rivera filed to run for Lara’s position, and Esther Mejia filed to run for Ibarra’s position.
Although Ibarra is still contesting the recall effort, Lara resigned from his seat effective February 5, 2020. At a school board meeting on January 21, Lara said he was leaving in order to focus on his family while his son recuperated from an illness. His name will still be on the recall election ballot, and if a majority of voters cast ballots to retain him, the school board will appoint his replacement.
The recall effort began in May 2019. Recall supporters listed a number of concerns with the board, including a vote to notify 23 administrators they could be fired or reassigned, a vote to demote, transfer, or release six administrators, and the alleged mismanagement of a $200 million bond. In an interview with the Whittier Daily News, Lara responded and said, “The community of Pico Rivera has been driven along a misinformation campaign. They’ve only heard one side of the story.”
Lara was first elected to the five-member board on November 5, 2013, and Ibarra was first elected on November 6, 2018. Before Lara resigned, he and Ibarra were members of a three-person majority on the board, according to the Whittier Daily News. The third member of the majority, Gabriel Orosco, was not included in the recall effort since his term is up for election in 2020. The other two board members support the recall effort. To get the recall on the ballot, recall supporters had to collect at least 6,509 signatures by October 23, 2019.
In 2019, Ballotpedia covered a total of 151 recall efforts against 230 elected officials. Of the 66 officials whose recalls made it to the ballot, 34 were recalled for a rate of 52%. That was lower than the 63% rate and 57% rate for 2018 and 2017 recalls, respectively.
Chesapeake and Norfolk, Virginia, held nonpartisan general elections for municipal and school board offices on May 19, 2020.
Candidates ran in elections for the following offices:
Mayor of Chesapeake
• Incumbent Richard West defeated Lenard Myers, Steffanie Aubuchon, and Palmer Smith.
Chesapeake City Council
• Don Carey III and incumbents S.Z. Ritter and Robert Ike won at-large seats on the nine-member council.
Chesapeake School Board
• Angie Swygert and incumbents Samuel Boone, Victoria Proffitt, and Tom Mercer won at-large seats on the nine-member school board.
Mayor of Norfolk
• Incumbent Kenny Alexander ran unopposed.
Norfolk City Council
• Incumbents Andria McClellan and Angelia Williams Graves won re-election to their city council seats in Superwards 6 and 7, respectively. Both ran unopposed.
Norfolk School Board
• Incumbents Noelle Gabriel and Rodney Jordan won re-election to the school board in Superwards 6 and 7, respectively.
Norfolk and Chesapeake are the second- and third-most populous cities in Virginia and the 80th- and 90th-most populous in the U.S.
Together, the Norfolk and Chesapeake school districts served a total of 71,422 students during the 2017-2018 school year.
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The statewide primary for Nebraska is on May 12, 2020. In reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, every eligible voter received an absentee ballot application by mail. In-person locations are expected to remain open as planned. The filing deadline to run passed on March 2.
- U.S. Senate (1 seat)
- U.S. House (3 seats)
- Public Service Commissioner
- State Board of Regents (2 seats)
- State Board of Education (4 seats)
- State Senate (25 seats)
- State Supreme Court (2 seats)
- State Court of Appeals (2 seats)
- Douglas County
- Lancaster County
- Westside Community Schools
Candidates are competing to advance to the general election scheduled for November 3, 2020.
Nebraska’s primary is the ninth statewide primary to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next primary is on May 19 in Oregon.
The major party filing deadline to run for elected office in Michigan is on April 21, 2020. In Michigan, prospective candidates may file for the following offices:
• U.S. Senate (1 seat)
• U.S. House (all 14 seats)
• State Board of Education (2 seats)
• University of Michigan Board of Regents (2 seats)
• Michigan State University Board of Trustees (2 seats)
• Wayne State University Board of Governors (2 seats)
• Michigan House of Representatives (all 110 seats)
Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in the following areas:
• Wayne County, Michigan
• Detroit Public Schools Community District
• Dearborn Public Schools
• Ann Arbor Public Schools
The primary is scheduled for August 4, 2020, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.
The filing deadline has so far been unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic. Ballotpedia is tracking changes in election dates, procedures, and administration.
Michigan’s statewide filing deadline is the 35th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on April 24 in Florida.
Michigan has a divided government, which means that no 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.
Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Michigan
United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2020
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The major-party filing deadlines to run for state elected office in three states are coming up in the next week. Arizona’s and North Dakota’s filing deadlines are on April 6, and Oklahoma’s filing deadline is on April 10.
- Corporation Commission (3 seats)
- State Senate (30 seats)
- State House (60 seats)
- Maricopa County
- Pima County
- 42 school districts
- Lieutenant Governor
- State Auditor
- Commissioner of Insurance
- Public Service Commissioner
- Superintendent of Public Instruction
- State Senate (23 seats)
- State House (47 seats)
- Supreme Court (1 seat)
- Corporation Commissioner
- State Senate (24 seats)
- State House (101 seats)
- Oklahoma County
- Tulsa County
- Cleveland County
- Canadian County
- Osage County
- 25 school districts (the filing deadline for these elections was December 4, 2019)
Arizona and Oklahoma are also holding retention elections for their state supreme courts and their state intermediate appellate courts on November 3, 2020.
The primary in Arizona is scheduled for August 4, the primary in North Dakota is scheduled for June 9, and the primary in Oklahoma is scheduled for June 30. North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R) has authorized counties to conduct the June 9 primary entirely by mail in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The general elections for all three states are scheduled for November 3, 2020.
Arizona’s, North Dakota’s, and Oklahoma’s statewide filing deadlines are the 32nd, 33rd, and 34th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on April 21 in Michigan.
Arizona, North Dakota, and Oklahoma all have Republican state government trifectas. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.
The city of Anchorage, Alaska, is holding general elections on April 7 for six city council seats, two school board seats, and 15 special district seats. The elections will be vote-by mail, and all of the races are nonpartisan.
- District 1 – Seat B: Incumbent Christopher Constant is unopposed in the general election.
- District 2 – Seat C: Jamie Allard, Roger Branson, and Stephany Jeffers are running in the general election.
- District 3 – Seat E: Incumbent Austin Quinn-Davidson, Nick Danger, and MoHagani Magnetek are running in the general election.
- District 4 – Seat G: Incumbent Felix Rivera faces Christine Hill in the general election.
- District 5 – Seat I: Incumbent Pete Petersen, Monty Dyson, and David Walker are running in the general election.
- District 6 – Seat K: Incumbent Suzanne LaFrance and Rick Castillo are facing off in the general election.
- Seat C: Incumbent Dave Donley faces James Smallwood in the general election.
- Seat D: Incumbent Andy Holleman, JC Cates, and Phil Isley are running in the general election.
In 2020, Ballotpedia is covering elections in 52 of America’s 100 largest cities by population.