Valin Posted November 1, 2021 Share Posted November 1, 2021 The Washington Examiner Sarah Westwood, Investigative Reporter November 01, 2021 All eyes in the political world will be focused Tuesday on the governor’s race in Virginia, where Republican Glenn Youngkin is polling dead even or ahead of Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a blue state. But the off-year Election Day will feature a number of other noteworthy contests that could provide clues as to the electorate’s mood ahead of the midterm elections next year. Here are seven other races and ballot questions to watch: Minneapolis City Question 2 Voters in Minneapolis will decide Tuesday if they want to abolish their police department and create a “Department of Public Safety” in its place. (Snip) Buffalo mayor An upset in June in the Democratic primary for mayor of Buffalo drew attention to the relatively small race from big names, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. India Walton, a Democratic socialist, beat Buffalo’s incumbent Democratic mayor, Byron Brown, in the primary. She will be the only candidate listed on the ballot Tuesday in the upstate New York city. (Snip) Boston mayor The Boston mayoral contest is shaping up to be another test of progressivism vs. more traditional Democratic politics. Liberal candidate Michelle Wu, a city councilor, has promised sweeping progressive policies, including limiting the power of the city’s police union. (Snip) Atlanta mayor Atlanta will select its next mayor on Tuesday in a race that was rocked by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s decision earlier this year not to seek reelection. Lance Bottoms was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party nationally. Former Mayor Kasim Reed is seeking another term in office and will square off against Felicia Moore, the Atlanta City Council president. (Snip) Florida 20 Florida’s 20th Congressional District will hold a primary Tuesday for Democratic candidates vying to replace Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democratic congressman who died in January. The winner of the primary is ultimately expected to win the seat in the heavily blue district. Hastings won reelection in November by more than 50 points. (Snip) Ohio 15 Republican Rep. Steve Stivers’s decision to leave Congress earlier this year created a vacancy in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District that Democrats hope to fill on Tuesday, although the landscape remains favorable to Republicans. Stivers won reelection in the district by nearly 30 points in November. (Snip) Ohio 11 This solidly blue Ohio district opened up earlier this year when President Joe Biden nominated then-Rep. Marcia Fudge to become secretary of housing and urban development. The Democratic primary in the Cleveland-area district was competitive, as the winner was expected to coast to the win in November. (Snip) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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