Trends in Local Elections in 2019

Trends in Local Elections in 2019

Since March 1, 58 cities that Cicero monitors in the U.S. have had elections. On the Cicero team, we track local elections in nearly 400+ cities worldwide – and cities do not often have election cycles in sync with other state or national elections. In total, over 500 elected officials were up for election in major cities like Chicago, Dallas, and Denver. Texas, by far, had the most elections in cities Cicero monitors, with 24 cities having an election.

Elected Official Turnover

We measured the percentage of new officials in each state after the election. Of states with three or more elections, Oklahoma had the most turnover at 27%, followed closely by Colorado at 26%. Florida, Illinois, and Texas all had turnover around or just under 20%, while Nevada and Missouri saw very little turnover – 10% or less. The table below contains a summary by state of the elections so far this year.

Partisanship Change and Turnover by City

Many municipalities elect officials as nonpartisan. However, many mayors and councilmembers are affiliated with a political party. We track partisanship of officeholders when it is available. The elections this Spring had one major turnover for political parties. The Mayor of Phoenix switched from Republican control to Democratic following the election of Kate Gallego. The election was decided in a runoff in March after the general election last November.

Of the 58 cities with elections, most saw at least some turnover. Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, and Tampa had nearly half their city council turnover. However, each city had many officials not running for re-election. Several cities in Texas saw every officeholder re-elected, most notably – Fort Worth’s Mayor and Council.

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