Local & Special Elections Update – June 2, 2015

Elections to watch today:

Mississippi 1st Congressional District Special Election Runoff – (Northeastern Mississippi)

This vacancy was created by the February death of Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R).  The first round of voting was on May 12th, with 13 candidates on the ballot.  Winner with 17% was attorney Walter Zinn, the only Democrat in the field.  Second with 16% was District Attorney Trent Kelly, who defeated 11 other Republicans to get this spot in the runoff.  The district is solidly Republican, so expect Kelly to consolidate GOP support and win fairly easily.

Denver City Council

Four of 13 City Council seats have runoff elections today.  All are in districts where there was no incumbent on the ballot back on May 5th. Incumbent Mayor Michael Hancock won re-election then with 80% of the vote.

Riverside, California (near Los Angeles)

Voting ends today for local elections in this eastern suburb of Los Angeles.  Ballots are being cast entirely by mail and must be either dropped off or postmarked by today.

Four of eight seats on the Riverside City Council are up for election, but only two are contested.  In Ward 1, incumbent Mike Gardner is being challenged by Tom Podgorski.  The Ward 7 seat is open.

There is also a ballot initiative to allow and regulate facilities which would dispense medical marijuana in the County.  Approval of the initiative would permit as many as ten such locations.  The Mayor and several members of City Council are opposed to the measure.  Polls show it is not likely to pass.

Sacramento, California

Another noteworthy election-by-mail is taking place in California’s capital, where voters are deciding the fate of a proposed streetcar project which would run through the middle of the city and connect City Hall with the Convention Center and State Capitol buildings.  The ballot measure would authorize a bond issuance of up to $38 million and the levy of a special tax for funding.  The total cost of the project is estimated at $150 million, with federal, state, and other local jurisdictions providing the remaining funding.

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