Posted by: mattvote | November 29, 2011

Elections 2011 – Hollidaysburg PA – Election results

Pa. election tie broken with ‘low’ number drawingPublished 2 hours ago

Altoona Mirror for The Associated Press

      HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa.  (AP) — It wasn’t a golf match, but the man with the lowest number won.

Democrat Joseph Claar and Republican incumbent Edward Helsel were tied with 221 votes apiece after recounts in the Nov. 8 election for Greenfield Township supervisor in central Pennsylvania.

So both candidates met with Blair County elections officials on Monday. Each picked one of several sealed envelopes containing a sheet with a number on it — with the understanding that the low number would win.

The Altoona Mirror ( reports that Helsel drew a “12” and Claar drew an “8.” Afterward, they shook hands.

Helsel had been a supervisor almost continuously since 1988. He didn’t quibble with the tie-breaker, saying, “It’s been done this way for years. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”


Information from: Altoona Mirror,


information directly from local election websites

Alabama District 45 and 48

Governor Robert Bentley today called for a Special Election to fill the vacant seats of State House of Representatives Districts 45 and 48. House District 45 was previously held by State Representative Owen Drake who died last month. House District 48 is being vacated by Representative Greg Canfield who was appointed by Governor Bentley last week to serve as Director of the Alabama Development Office.

The Special Primary Election for both House Districts will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2011. If a runoff is necessary, it will be held on October 11, 2011, with a General Election date set for Tuesday, November 29, 2011. If no Runoff Election is necessary, the Special General Election will be held October 11, 2011.

Providence RI

A special election will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 to fill the vacancy in the 9th Ward caused by the death of Councilman Miguel C. Luna.

Special Town Meeting – November 29


WARD   9
28080 2
28081 3 COLONY   HOUSE – 1 CADILLAC DR. 147 90% 17 10% 164 3% 1560
28082 4 ELMWOOD   COMMUNITY CENTER, 155 NIAGARA ST. 126 86% 21 14% 147 2% 1687
28083 5 ALGONQUIN   HOUSE, 807 BROAD ST. 99 93% 8 7% 107 2% 1265
TOTAL WARD 9 495 85% 86 15% 581 9% 6301


Pepperell MA

The Board of Selectmen have called for a second fall Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 beginning at 7:30pm. The Town Meeting will take place at the Nissitissit Middle School Auditorium, 33 Chace Avenue.

The Warrant for the Special Town Meeting will consist of one Article:


By: Board of Selectmen


To see if the Town will vote to amend the vote taken under Article 11 of the Special Town Meeting held on November 7, 2011, which vote authorized the borrowing of $165,000.00 for the purchase of an ambulance, subject to the passage of a debt exclusion vote in connection therewith, so as to permit the borrowing of such funds for the purchase of an ambulance without the requirement of a debt exclusion vote, or to take any other action relative thereto.

registered voters  7831, turnout .016%

Yes 130, unanimous amoung those present. (w)

No 0



Sweden, Brockport, Clarkson NY

A Special election is to be held on November 29, 2011 commencing at 8:00 am and ending at 9:00 pm at the following locations:

For the resident electors of the Village of Brockport, Brockport Village Offices, 49 State Street, Brockport, New York 14420

For the resident electors of the Town of Sweden located outside of the Village of Brockport, the Sweden Town Hall, 18 State Street, Brockport, New York 14420

For the resident electors of the Town of Clarkson, located outside the Hilton Parma and Walker Fire Districts and the Village of Brockport, the Clarkson Town Hall, 3710 Lake Road, Clarkson, New York 14430.

Sec. 4. The proposition that will be voted upon will be as follows:

Shall the resolution be approved authorizing the Board of Trustees of the Village of Brockport, the Town Board of the Town of Sweden and the Town Board of the Town of Clarkson, Monroe County, New York, to establish a joint fire district to be known as the Brockport Fire District, which Fire district will encompass the Village of Brockport, the Town of Sweden and portions of the Town of Clarkson, subject to the terms and conditions as set forth in the proposal dated July 28, 2011 as amended August 9, 2011.

Sec. 5. This resolution shall take effect immediately and the dates set forth below shall be deemed the date for purposes of establishing the date for the special election.

1455 yes (81.19%) (w)

337 no (18.80%)

Village of Brockport 529 yes to 155 no vote; Town of Sweden 472 yes to 106 no; and Town of Clarkson 454 yes to 76 no.


Trappe MD

The Town of Trappe will hold a special municipal election on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of filling an unexpired term of a vacant seat on the Trappe Town Council.


Pat Bridges (candidate statement at )            26

Cheryl Lewis (candidate statement at )    46

Norman Fegel (candidate statement at )  47 (w)

[MAN!, I love small town elections – MN]


Panama City FLA

Panama City Beach Special Referendum Election, November 29th, 2011

Changes to the ward boundaries to meet applicable standards of Equal Protection and Voter’s Rights

Charleston SC is have a run off for the City Council’s District 11 seat (James Island and St Andrews precincts).

PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 21)  21  100.00% –  REGISTERED VOTERS  9,868 – BALLOTS CAST  1,674  –  TURNOUT   16.96%

Laura Beck 492 (39.74%)

Bill Moody 746 (60.26%) (W)

Folly Beach City Council

Sandy Hickman  213 (49.65%)

Dale Stuckey       216 (50.35%) (W) [Do you think that Dale believes that every vote counts? – MN]


Isle of Palm Town Council At Large

Anne Bauer

Michael Loftus


Marion County OR is next in the ever growing line of recalls around the country.  This time it is Councilor Deanna Foster. Citizens of Detroit, OR say she is unreliable and can not be reached on budget issues.   Her reply states in part that say can not make financial decisions be herself on the council and that she has brought in $52,000 for the city.  She says that Jeanette Hartwell is to blame for the recall and is doing it as a vendetta.


Pct. 925
Yes 42
No 33
Overvote 0
Undervote 0
Total 75
Posted by: jamesvw | November 8, 2011

Election 2011 Results

Election 2011 Results

Welcome to our results page. Though it won’t be a completely live blog, stay tuned for results for elections throughout the country!

Winners so far:

Democrats – Governor of Kentucky Steve Bashear, Secretary of State of Kentucky Alison Grimes, Attorney General of Kentucky Jack Conway, Auditor of Kentucky Adam Edelen, Treasurer of Kentucly Todd Hollenbach, Attorney General of Mississippi Jim Hood

Republicans – Agriculture Commissioner of Kentucky James Comer, Governor of Mississippi Phil Bryant


7:15 – In Islip, Long Island, New York – Republicans have retaken the Town Council thanks to victories by John Cochrane and Anthony Senft. The Town Supervisor position remains too close to call as Republican Tom Croci leads incumbent Phil Nolan by 417 votes – with 1,700 absentee ballots left to be counted.

11:56 – Election results in Houston – Mayor Anise Parker has been reelected, narrowly avoiding a runoff. District 1 incumbent Brenda Stardig will face Helena Brown in a runoff on December 10.

11:49 – In Michigan, another lawmaker, Republican State Rep. Paul Scott has been narrowly recalled.

11:47 – In Arizona, author of the anti-immigrant bill SB 1070 Russell Pearce has been recalled and defeated by fellow Republican (though more moderate) Jerry Lewis.

11:47 – Liz Mathis has won the special election in Iowa SD-18 for Democrats, ensuring that the State Senate continues to be led by that party.

11:45 – Democrats appear to have held onto the Virginia State Senate by the slimmest of margins, losing SD-20 but hanging onto a a one seat lead in the chamber. There is one race that is too close to call however.

11:41 – Democrats picked up two important County Executive seats in New York – winning in Erie County was Mark C. Poloncarz and in Suffolk County on Long Island, Steve Bellone.

11:03 – The “Personhood Amendment” in Mississippi has failed.

10:25 – Republican Phil Bryant has been elected Governor of Mississippi. Congratulations to him and his staff

10:03 – In other Ohio results, voters have rejected raising the age of judges to 75 and rejected the National Healthcare mandate.

9:51 – Another big result, this time in Maine – where Same Day Voter Registration is reinstated after Yes on 1 wins.

9:31 – Big result in Ohio as No on Issue 2 wins. This will reinstate collective bargaining rights for public employees

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Posted by: jamesvw | November 8, 2011

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Election Day 2011 Preview

Election Day 2011 Preview

It’s finally here, Election Day 2011. While we haven’t posted here recently, I will go through a run-through of the races that will be decided on Tuesday and then be back that night with results.

Got a race not written about? Add it quickly – or add results as they occur Tuesday!

Lets get down to it:


Phoenix: Democrats think they have a good chance to hang onto the mayoral seat in one of the largest US cities – Greg Stanton is their candidate. Republicans have Wes Gullett as their standard bearer.

Tuscon: Voters will pick a new mayor for the first time in 12 years. Democrats have chosen Jonathan Rothschild while Republicans selected Rick Grinnell in the primary.

State Senate District 16 – There is a recall election facing voters in the 16th district. There, State Senate President Russell Pearce, sponsor of the notorious SB 1070 immigration law faces recall. Voters will decide between the incumbent and Jerry Lewis, a fellow Republican and a charter school superintendent.


There is an exciting group of elections in San Francisco – for more information on the races, click here


Hartford will be electing their mayor. Incumbent Pedro Segarra will be seeking another term. For more info, click here

Kentucky (For links to candidate websites, click here)

Governor: All signs point to the reelection of Democratic governor Steve Bashear. Republican David Williams hopes that the polls have been wrong in a state where Republicans originally saw an opening to pick up the seat.

Secretary of State: Democrats nominated Alison Lundergan over the incumbent. She will be seeking to hold the seat for the party against Republican Bill Johnson.

Attorney General: Incumbent Democrat Jack Conway has had to fight against the state’s partisan tilt as well as fallout from his run against now-Senator Rand Paul last year. He faces Republican Todd P’Pool.

Treasurer: Democrat Todd Hollenbach is looking for a new term but Republican K.C. Crosbie hopes to oust the incumbent.

Auditor: In an open seat, Democrat Adam Edelen faces Republican John Kemper.

Agriculture Commissioner: In another open seat, Democrat Bob Farmer faces Republican James Comer.

Legislature: Democrats control the State House of Representatives 58-42 while Republicans control the Senate 22-15 with 1 independent.


Indianapolis: Republican Mayor Greg Ballard faces a stiff challenge in this race from Democrat Melina Kennedy.




SD-18 – One of the most important races of the night is in Iowa where the Democratic incumbent left office to take a job in the administration. Democrats hold a one-seat margin in the legislative body and so if the Republicans pick up the seat, it will be tied, giving the party more opportunity to pass legislation onto the Republican governor. Democrats selected Liz Mathis, a former TV news anchor, as their nominee. Republicans backed Cindy Golding, a Linn County Republican Party official.


There are four ballot questions facing voters on Tuesday.

Question 1: The one garnering the most attention is a Voter Referendum trying to reinstate Same Day Voter Registration. The Republican legislature had eliminated the practice and Issue 1 will allow voters to decide on the law. Vote Yes to allow Same Day Voter Registration and Vote No to eliminate Same Day Voter Registration.

Question 2 and 3: Both votes have to do with gambling in the state. A Yes Vote on Question 2 would allow for a second Racino (casino and racetrack) while a No Vote on Question 2 would not open up the state for a second. A Yes Vote on Question 3 would allow for a slot machine facility in the state, while a No Vote on Question 3 would not allow slot machines.

Question 4: This involves redistricting after the census – so the changes will not go into effect until 2021. However, a Yes Vote would change redistricting practices to be completed by one year after the census (in time for the 2021 election) and a No Vote would keep the practice as is and therefore three years later (in time for the 2023 election.)


In my neck of Massachusetts, voters will choose a new mayor in Pittsfield, the largest city in Berkshire County. They will choose between Peter Marchetti and Dan Bianchi. In North Adams, voters will decide whether to give Mayor Richard Alcombright a second term or to choose City Council President Ronald Boucher.


HD-51 – Republican Paul Scott faces recall in this election after his role in passing a bevy of Republican legislation when the new governor and legislature were elected in 2010. This is an up and down vote and if the recall is successful (if Yes carries the vote) then parties will select nominees for a special election a few months later.

Mississippi (For candidate links, click here)

Governor: Republican Phil Bryant seems destined to be elected the new governor of the state, but Democratic candidate Johnny DuPree is seeking to upend conventional wisdom.

Attorney General: The only Democratic statewide officeholder is Jim Hood. He will be attempting to hold the office against Republican Steve Simpson.

Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner: Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing Democrat Joel Gill.

Insurance Commissioner: Incumbent Republican Mike Chaney is facing a challenge from Democrat Louis Fondren.

Legislature: Democrats hold the State House of Representatives 72-50 while Republicans hold the Senate 27-25.

Initiative 26 – This has garnered a lot of attention – the newest front to the battle about abortion, opponents have placed on the ballot a question to define “personhood” in the state constitution. A Yes Vote defines personhood at the “moment of fertilization, cloning or the equivalent thereof”. A No Vote does not add this amendment to the state constitution. If passed, this is sure to trigger a Supreme Court case.

Initiative 27 – A Yes Vote will require the presentation of state issued photo ID  in order to vote, a No Vote would not change the constitution.

Initiative 28 – This ballot question pertains to eminent domain, the practice of local or state government seizing property for the good of the community. A Yes Vote would ban the use of eminent domain by state and local government, a No Vote would allow the practice to continue. If passed, it would exempt the following uses of eminent domain: for levee facilities, roads, bridges, ports, airports, common carriers, drainage facilities and utilities. According to reports, the proposed amendment would not apply to public nuisances, structures unfit for human habitation or abandoned property.

New Jersey

There are legislative races in New Jersey today. Democrats have a 24-16 lead in the State Senate and 47-33 in the State House and many expect small gains for the party.

Question 1: Voters will decide whether to legalize sports betting in the state. This would only be legal in Atlantic City and at racetracks. A YES Vote allows sports betting while a NO Vote would keep sports betting out of the state.

New York

There are many county legislative battles throughout the state. One important race is on Long Island in the city of Islip where Democrats are looking to keep up their advantage in the historically Republican area. To read more, click here

North Carolina

Charlotte: In the city hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2012, Democrats are hoping to hang onto the mayoral seat. Four years ago, Anthony Foxx won the mayoral race and is hoping to be reelected to a second term. Standing in his way is Republican Scott Stone.




Perhaps the biggest bellweather of the country’s mood going into the 2012 election is Issue 2. This law is challenging the Republican governor and legislature’s decision to end collective bargaining rights for public employees such as teachers, firefighters and police.

A YES Vote keeps the law and eliminates collective bargaining.

A NO Vote eliminates the law and brings back collective bargaining for public workers.

Question 1: There are two other questions facing Ohio voters. The first is about judicial ages. A Yes Vote would raise the maximum age for judges from 70 to 75. A NO Vote would leave the maximum age at 70.

Question 3: Voters will ostensibly decide on the National Healthcare law – A Yes Vote would amend the constitution to forbid mandated healthcare. A No Vote would not amend the constitution. If passed, this question will actually be decided by the Supreme Court when the national law comes before the body this year’s session.


Houston will be electing its mayor and city council. For more information on Annise Parker’s run for reelection and the other local races, click here.

There are 10 (!!) ballot questions for Texas voters.  For more on each bill, click here

Proposition 1. A Yes Vote exempts the property of widowed spouses of disabled veterans. A NO vote does not change the law.

Proposition 2. A Yes Vote would allow the Texas Water Development Board to float more bonds in order to pay for water planning and infrastructure. These bonds would be capped at $6 billion. A No Vote does not change the current law.

Proposition 3. A Yes Vote would allow for new bonds to fund the Hinson-Hazelwood College Student Loan Program. This has already passed in 7 previous elections. A No Vote would end the program.

Proposition 4. A Yes Vote would allow counties to issue redevelopment bonds pledged by tax revenues from the increased property values in the redevelopment area. A No Vote does not change current law.

Proposition 5. A Yes Vote clarifies constitutional language to ensure that contracts between two municipalities are not considered “debts” and therefore does not trigger automatic tax increases to cover costs. A No Vote does not change current law.

Proposition 6. A Yes Vote removes a step in the process of providing education funds from the state to individual school districts for up to $300 million. A No Vote does not change current law.

Proposition 7. A Yes Vote would allow for a parks district in El Paso. A No Vote does not change current law.

Proposition 8. A Yes Vote would create tax incentives for certain landowners to use less water. A No Vote does not change the current law.

Proposition 9. A Yes Vote would allow the governor to pardon those with “deferred adjudications” on their records. While not convictions, these are records of arrest and potentially probation. A No Vote would not change current law.

Proposition 10. A Yes Vote would change the “Resign to Run” rule (where current officeholders must resign in order to run for a new office) in order to comply with the federal requirement ensuring that overseas soldiers and American citizens have time to vote absentee. A No Vote would not change current law.


Legislative Races – Republicans are extremely hopeful that this will be their year to take over the Virginia State Senate and polls suggest it is within their grasp. It is currently 22 Democrats and 18 Republicans. They also hope to pad their lead in the House of Delegates where they have a margin of 59-39 with 2 independents.


An important ballot question faces voters in this mail-in ballot state. A Yes Vote on Initiative 1125 would limit the use of collected gas taxes and toll revenue to only transportation-related projects. A NO Vote would continue to allow these revenues to be used for any state sanctioned purpose. This question is largely seen as anti-alternative and public transportation as revenue from roads would not be allowed to be used for the construction of train lines as has been done in the past.

September 20, October 18 – Massachusetts 3rd Berkshire House District

This race is in the neck of the woods where I grew up (disclosure – I do know most of the people discussed here). The district is in the heart of Pittsfield, the largest city in Berkshire County which is the rural rectangular area that touches the New York border as well as Vermont at its northern edge and Connecticut at its southern.

Incumbent Democrat Christopher Speranzo caused himself a headache in his last election by simultaneously pursuing the Clerk Magistrate position for the Pittsfield District Court. Due to his seeming lack of interest in serving out the term (despite his refusal to discuss the clerk position), the Green Party candidate Mark Miller received 45% of the vote.

Now that the dust has settled and Speranzo clearly had no interest in serving out his term, therefore requiring the special election, Miller is running again, hoping to use his name recognition from the last race to become the first Green in the legislature.

Squaring off in the The winner of the Democratic primary in this generally liberal district was Tricia Farley-Bouvier, a former Pittsfield City Councilor and aide to Mayor James Ruberto.

The Republican candidate, who will appear on the ballot after running a write-in primary campaign is Mark Jester, a local insurance executive.

And, as our commenter Chas pointed out – I left out Pam Malumphy who is mounting an independent campaign. She is a former city councilwoman and is well known for her civic work in Pittsfield. My apologies for the omission.

A postcard of Pittsfield from 1916

Posted by: jamesvw | September 19, 2011

Election 2011 – Houston City Elections

Election 2011 – Houston City Elections

For other 2011 municipal races, click here

Election – November 8, 2011

The City of Houston, circa 1845

First off, I have to give credit to two great blogs on the city of Houston that I recommend to all of you – Boots on the Bayou and Off the Kuff. They will be the best source to follow these races closely and can surely give more in-depth information about the local races.

Now onto the season of elections in the 4th largest city in the United States, which grew 7.5% in the latest census numbers to just south of 2.1 million residents. In the last municipal election in 2009, only 16% of registered voters came out to choose. Those elected will be dealing with a continued budget deficit, though it has been shrunk to around $80 million over the past year.


Incumbent Democrat Annise Parker won acclaim for her victory in 2009, narrowly defeating her challenger and becoming the first openly gay mayor of Houston. Politically moderate – she recently attended a Republican party fundraiser with Mike Huckabee and Senate candidate Dan Patrick – it seems that the former neighborhood activist, city councilwoman and city controller has most of the establishment behind her, already endorsed by her 2009 opponent Gene Locke as well as many other city politicians.

Facing off against her is Deputy Chief of the Houston Fire Department Fernando Herrera. A native of the city, he worked his way through the ranks as a career firefighter and now serves as the Emergency Operations Deputy Chief. Also running is the young former council aide Kevin Simms, local Republican activist and businessman Jack O’Connor, Amanda Ulman of the Socialist Workers Party and anti-gay activist Dave Wilson.

Houston City Council – See the bottom of the post for the new 2011 map

Updates will be made as I learn more about each candidate

Redistricting has occurred in the city and that means there will be a bit of musical chairs as well as some certain new faces on the 14 member council, 9 district based and 5 at-large seats.

District A

Brenda Stardig is seeking her second term. She faces Helena Brown and Bob Schoellkopf.

District B

Incumbent Jarvis Johnson is term-limited. Those who have filed are Katherine Ballard-Blueford Daniels, Bryan Smart and Alvin Byrd, an aide to the outgoing incumbent, Philip Paul Bryant, a talk show host on CW, Jerry Davis, Charles Ingram, James Joseph, and HPD sergeant Kenneth Perkins.

District C

Also open is District C where incumbent Anne Clutterbuck is term limited. Based around Braeswood Place, district filing here has five interested candidates, former State Representative Ellen Cohen, real estate attorney Brian Cweren, Karen Derr, commercial air pilot Josh Verde and securities trader Randy Locke.

District D

Wanda Adams, the incumbent, faces Larry McKinzie, a middle school teacher.

District E

Mike Sullivan is unopposed.

District F

Al Hoang faces non-profit chief Peter Lyn Rene and Nguyen Thai Hoc.

District G

Oliver Pennington faces Clyde Bryan.

District H

Edward Gonzalez faces Patricia Rodriguez.

District I

James Rodriguez is up against Leticia Ablaza.

District J

In one of the two new districts, Criselda Romero, an aide to Councilman Ed Gonzalez, Rodrigo Cañedo and local attorney Mike Laster will appear before voters..

District K

In this new district, voters will choose between Larry Green, CEO of the non-profit HoustonWorks USA, Alex Gonik and Pat Frazier.

At Large District 1

Incumbent Stephen Costello squares off with Scott Boates, Don Cook, and James Partsch-Galvan.

At Large District 2

Undoubtedly the most chaotic out of all the races this year, 9 candidates are filed in this race. This includes local attorney Eric B. Dick, community developer Bolivar Fraga, business consultant Elizabeth C. PerezCity Commissioner of The Building & Standards Commission Jenifer Rene Pool, Andrew Burks, Gordon R. Goss, “Griff” Griffin, Roslyn “Rozzy” Shorter,
architect and president of the Houston Super Neighborhood Alliance David W. Robinson, and former State Representative Kristi Thibaut.

At Large District 3

Incumbent Melissa Noriega will face Christopher Carmona and Brad Batteau.

At Large District 4

Incumbent Clarence Bradford will face real-estate businessman Louie Molnar and Amy Price.

At Large District 5

Incumbent Jolanda Jones is facing a challenge from her 2009 opponent Jack Christie as well as from Laurie Robinson.

The new Houston City Council Map

Posted by: jamesvw | September 13, 2011

Election Digest – September 13, 2011

Election Digest – September 13, 2011

Alright, lets get a bit of live results blogging here – its been a while: FOR NY-9FOR NV-2Baltimore Mayor

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RESULTS UPDATE – Republicans scored two victories in the congressional races, holding their seat in Nevada’s second district and surprisingly picking up New York’s ninth district. The new members of Congress are Mark Amodei in Nevada and Bob Turner in New York.

In Baltimore, voters picked Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as the Democratic nominee for Mayor, almost assuring her victory in November. Republicans selected Alfred Griffin. One incumbent city councilor lost, District 7’s Belinda Conaway lost to Nick Mosby, and Councilor Warren Branch held onto his seat by just 15 votes.

In New York’s Assembly Races, all 6 were retained by Democrats.

For full results, see the individual races below…

Today, special elections will be held all over New York to fill a congressional seat and 6 assembly seats, all previously held by Democrats. But that’s not all. Baltimore also has its Mayoral and City Council primaries. In the extremely Democratic city, that is tantamount to being elected. Follow down below for these races and more…

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Posted by: jamesvw | September 12, 2011

Election 2011 – Tucson Mayoral Election

Election 2011 – Tucson Mayoral Election

Arizona has been at the forefront of contentious political battles over the past year, especially when it comes to the issue of immigration. Tucson, however, was rocked by the shooting of US Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six members of her staff and the audience at a meeting in the city. With this dueling mindsets – political tension and a desire to heal divisiveness after the horrific events – the city will decide who will be their new mayor.

The incumbent, Bob Walkup, was the first Republican elected to lead the city and he has decided after 12 years that he would not seek reelection.

In the primary, Democrats had already rallied around Jonathan Rothschild. The partner in a local law firm and former clerk in the District Court, he has also taught law at the University of Arizona and served as treasurer for the county’s Democratic Party.

Republicans had no one file before the deadline, but rallied to select Rick Grinnell as a write-in candidate. He is a local marketing executive and started a company working to improve relations between businesses and government.

Mary DeCamp is the Green Party nominee in this race.

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