Local & Special Elections Update – Jan. 31, 2015

This has been a very active few months for state legislative special elections, as several states have held contests throughout December and January.  Most of these have been caused by state legislators resigning their positions either because they were elected to higher office (such as Sen. Joni Ernst in Iowa) or were tapped by new Governors for spots in their administration.

Since Election Day 2014, there have been special elections in Texas, Florida, Iowa, Virginia, Georgia, California, and Arkansas.  And there are more to come, especially in those jurisdictions that use runoffs.  Furthermore, regularly scheduled 2015 elections are beginning in various places around the country.  This has been a very active season so far.

In the week ahead, there is a slight lull before what will be a very active February.  This Tuesday, February 3rd, there are:

Runoffs for two Georgia House seats, HD #50 and HD #120.  These are between the top two vote-getters in special elections which took place on January 6, 2015.  Georgia special elections are officially non-partisan, but in both cases, the two candidates in the runoff are Republicans in districts that are reliably Republican.  So, there is no change in party.  HD #50 is in Fulton County, in suburban Atlanta.  HD #120 covers 5 counties in the northeastern part of the state.  Also, in both instances, the tally was close in the first round of voting.

Also, three seats are up for election in the Albuquerque Public School (APS) Board of Education, in districts 1, 2 and 4, which comprise the western side of the city.  With a total student enrollment of over 90,000 students, this is one of the larger school districts in the country.

Check back by Monday for more on these races.

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