On Tuesday, voters throughout the country will go to the polls in elections that might reveal the public’s mood ahead of next year’s midterm elections. Several major elections will be held on Election Day in the off-year, including the governor’s race in Virginia and a critical congressional seat in New Hampshire.
Minneapolis voters will decide on Tuesday whether to eliminate their police force. Minneapolis, the location of George Floyd’s police assassination last year, has been under pressure from protestors to revamp its law enforcement organization. Voters will decide whether the police department should be abolished and replaced with a more community-focused entity.
In the primaries, India Walton, a Democratic socialist, defeated Byron Brown, the incumbent Democratic mayor of Buffalo. She will be the lone contender on the ballot in the city of upstate New York on Tuesday. Brown has a comfortable lead against Walton in the last stretch of the campaign, according to polls. The election has become a new battlefield in the Democratic Party’s conflict between centrists and progressives.
The mayoral election in Boston is shaping another battle between progressive politics and more traditional Democratic politics. Michelle Wu, a municipal councilor, has pledged to implement sweeping progressive measures, including curbing the police union’s authority. Wu has a long number of celebrity supporters, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Ayanna Pressley.
Keisha Lance Bottoms was a rising figure in the Democratic Party, but he decided not to re-elect. Kasim Reed, the former mayor of Atlanta, is running for re-election and will face Felicia Moore, the president of the Atlanta City Council. The contest will go to a runoff if no candidate achieves 50% of the vote.
Furthermore, Democratic candidates aiming to succeed Rep. Alcee Hastings in Florida’s 20th Congressional District will face off in a primary on Tuesday. Hastings was re-elected by more than 50 points in November and died in January. The lengthy nature of the campaign drew a large field, with 11 Democrats fighting for the Democratic candidacy.
In Ohio’s 15th Congressional district, a special election is being conducted to replace a Republican congressman who resigned earlier this year. Republicans won the seat by 30 points in November, and Democrats are hoping to flip it. In the special election, a coal lobbyist runs against state Rep. Allison Russo, who Democrats endorse.
Rep. Marcia Fudge’s Ohio seat was vacated after being nominated for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Democratic contender Shontel Brown ran a close campaign against state Senator Nina Turner in a preliminary test of progressives vs. mainstream Democratic politics during the summer.