Special Elections Update – August 25, 2015

In addition to Mississippi’s Democratic and Republican primary runoffs being held today (which are examined here and here), there is local voting happening elsewhere:

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona, is holding their mayoral election today.  Incumbent Greg Stanton was first elected in 2011 and is facing two challengers: Anna Maria Brennan, who received 5% of the vote in the 2011 Mayoral election, and Matthew Jette, who ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2012 after running for Governor of Arizona as a Republican in 2010.  If no candidate receives a majority today, there will be a runoff on November 3rd between the top two finishers.

Phoenix is also electing City Council members in Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7, but only in District 5 is there more than one candidate on the ballot.  There, incumbent councilman Daniel Valenzuela faces a challenge from businessman Felix Garcia.  The media in Phoenix have described this year as one of the quietest election seasons in the city in recent memory.

Phoenix is also voting today on a ballot initiative to reform the city’s pension system, which is the third such measure to be voted on in four years.  The folks at Ballotpedia have a well-written and comprehensive page about this proposal here.

St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg, Florida, is holding elections this year for their City Council Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7, and the primary is taking place today.  In that city, a primary is held if there are more than two candidates for any seat, and this year, five people filed to run for the open seat in District #7, in the center of the city.  The top two vote-getters will advance to the November 3rd election.  Janelle Irwin of SaintPetersBlog has an excellent summary of the candidates and campaign for that seat here.

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona, is holding primaries for their municipal elections as well today for Mayor and City Council Districts 1, 2, and 4.  However, there won’t be much decided today as only one candidate from each party filed to run for the City Council seats, and incumbent Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has drawn only two write-in opponents.  The general election here is also on November 3rd.

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