Posted by: jamesvw | November 18, 2009

Special Elections Update

Special Election Update

Be sure to check out all the Upcoming Special Elections and Reports on 2010 Elections

December 1 – Atlanta, Georgia – Mayor and City Council Runoffs

A new poll out this week shows that Mary Norwood, who received the most votes in the initial election on November 3, has slipped narrowly behind her opponent, Kasim Reed. The poll, put out by Survey USA, shows Reed at 49% and Norwood at 46%, a difference inside the margin of error. To read about the specifics of the poll, click here.

This race is going to be close. Be sure to request your absentee ballot here.

December 8 – Massachusetts Senate Primary (Absentee Ballot)

The 4 Democratic contenders for Massachusett’s senate seat participated in a heated and fascinating debate on the environment on November 17 and held at Boston University. Some policy differences emerged. All four candidates support the Cape Cod windfarm, a departure from the stance of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley was the only candidate open to federal subsidies for nuclear power production, saying that we cannot take it off the table. Asked who their “environmental heroes” were, Congressman Michael Capuano picked John Audabon after struggling to find an answer, Coakley picked James R. Milkey, an environmentalist who is currently a Massachusetts judge, Steve Pagliuca mentioned Al Gore, a figure who had also been cited by Khazei along with Rachel Carson.

To read more about this lively debate, click here.

December 12 – Houston, Texas – Mayoral Runoff – (Absentee Ballot)

The battle to become the next mayor of Houston, Texas has become even more brutal recently with the entry of outside interests and with the increase in attacks from both sides. The race has been largely positive, but as the two opponents, Annise Parker and Gene Locke look to convince voters of their differences, the attacks are sharpening. Locke has criticized Parker for her time as City Controller, while Parker has shot back that Locke’s law firm has many city contracts that it looks to benefit from if a former partner is elected mayor.

To read more about the race in the local press, click here.

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