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St. Petersburg, Florida: The site of one of the nation's most intense mayoral elections.
This November, major cities across the country will host competitive contests for mayor. Some of these races are general elections where both (or occasionally more than two) candidates hail from the same party. Others have turned into partisan fights, as both Republicans and Democrats seek to establish or maintain a foothold in their states’ major cities. Mayoral elections frequently have consequences far beyond municipal borders, with a number of governors and U.S. senators having served in city hall before winning a statewide office. Even mayors who never attain higher office often get the chance to leave their mark on their city and even state.  

What follows is a guide to this November's most exciting mayor races. All of these cities have a population over 250,000 (with one notable exception). A number of large cities are holding mayoral elections that are not expected to be competitive and are therefore not included here. For instance, in Atlanta (population 444,000) Mayor Kasim Reed faces only token opposition, so his election is not in this diary. Below is a chart of what cities to watch in November.

Head beyond the fold to find out which incumbents are fighting for their political lives and what open-seats will be worth watching this November.  

Boston
Non-partisan race
Population 617,594

Mayor Thomas Menino’s retirement gives Beantown its first open-seat race since 1983 and two Democrats have advanced to the Nov. 5 general election. City Councilor John Connolly has led state Rep. Marty Walsh in every single publicly released poll to date, but by inconsistent margins: A MassINC survey gave Connolly a one point lead, while a University of New Hampshire poll from the same time period showed Connolly up by nine points. Connolly has made education reform a centerpiece of his campaign and he enjoys support among the more upper-middle class areas of the city.

Walsh has some advantages that may allow him to overtake Connolly. He has extensive union support and a base among working class Bostonians. While Connolly has a strong cash-on-hand lead, Walsh's allies are more than making up the difference in outside spending. Walsh also has the endorsements of a number of former rivals who were defeated in the preliminary election but performed very well in the city’s heavily African-American and Hispanic areas. With neither Walsh nor Connolly having a natural base of support among minorities, these endorsements could be vital for Walsh. The stakes are particularly high in this race: There are no term-limits for the office and no Boston mayor has been unseated since 1949, meaning the winner could be here for a long time.

Charlotte
Partisan race
Population 731,424

Anthony Foxx’s appointment as Secretary of Transportation has led to an open-seat competition as both parties seek to claim North Carolina’s biggest city. The Democratic nominee is longtime City Councilor and Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon. Cannon will face Republican Edwin Peacock, a former Councilor and 2012 Congressional candidate. Charlotte leans Democratic but it has a long history of electing Republican mayors, and Peacock’s name recognition, cash-advantage, and reputation as a moderate gives him a shot here. The state Republican Party sees a chance to pull off an upset and is sending staff to help Peacock; the state Democrats have not yet done the same.  

Cincinnati
Non-partisan race
Population 296,943

Two Democrats are running to succeed termed-out Mayor Mark Mallory. Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls has extensive union and environmental support, as well as Mallory’s endorsement. Her opponent, former City Councilor John Cranley, has far more money. Local transportation issues have emerged as the major dividing line between the two candidates: Qualls supports constructing a downtown streetcar and leasing city parking, while Cranley is against both. The two are also at odds on abortion rights, with Qualls being in favor and Cranley against. Cranley out polled Qualls 56 to 37 percent in the September primary and is likely the frontrunner heading into November.

Detroit
Non-partisan race
Population 713,777

Former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan appears poised to complete a remarkable political comeback. Duggan, who is seeking to become Detroit’s first white mayor since the early seventies, was thrown off the primary ballot in June and briefly ended his campaign. When Duggan reentered the race, he waged a difficult write-in campaign in the August primary. Not only did Duggan win a spot on the general election ballot, he won a majority of votes and far more than his chief opponent, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.

Duggan (now listed on the ballot) and Napoleon will face off again in November. Duggan has been emphasizing his success at turning the Detroit Medical Center’s finances around, arguing he can do the same for the city. Napoleon has made public safety a major part of his campaign. The election has taken a negative turn: Duggan is attacking Napoleon for not doing enough to stop crime, while Napoleon is criticizing Duggan for leaving Detroit for the suburbs. So far, the early indications are good for Duggan: A September poll has him up 49 to 29 percent.  

Greensboro
Non-partisan race
Population 277,080

Moderate Republican Robbie Perkins rode to victory in 2011 by decisively unseating the far more conservative Bill Knight. However, Perkins’ personal problems are complicating his reelection as he seeks another two-year term. Perkins has been through an ugly divorce and personal bankruptcy, with a court holding him in contempt for not paying his ex-wife what she was due.

Perkins opponent Democratic City Councilor Nancy Vaughan has not focused on Perkins difficulties but she is benefiting from them. In the primary, Vaughan out-polled Perkins 49 to 39 percent. Perkins is hoping he can make up ground in November by getting his African American base to the polls (Yes, a Republican has an African American base) but it looks like Vaughan is the clear favorite to win this seat.

Houston
Non-partisan race
Population 2,099,451

Mayor Annise Parker had a surprisingly close call two years ago, barely averting a runoff against several unknown and underfunded candidates. This time Parker faces a much more credible foe in fellow Democrat and former City Attorney Ben Hall. Hall, backed up by $2 million from his own pocket, is attacking Parker for the city’s pension problems and is portraying Parker as guilty of unethically rewarding campaign contributors. However, Hall’s campaign has run into trouble over his late tax payments, an issue Parker has not hesitated to attack him on. Parker is not assured victory and it is quite possible this race will go to a December runoff, but Hall’s problems and Houston’s economic successes make the Mayor the favorite to win one final two-year term.

Manchester
Non-partisan race
Population 109,565

Incumbent Ted Gatsas is frequently mentioned as a Republican candidate for governor of New Hampshire; however, he must win a surprisingly tough re-election before he can set his sights on higher office. In the primary Gatsas out-polled Democratic Alderman Patrick Arnold 55 to 40 percent, a surprisingly narrow margin given how little attention Arnold attracted.

Arnold’s performance has Democrats excited and an upset is quite possible: Now-former Mayor and Congressman Frank Guinta won a similar percentage in his 2005 primary before unseating the incumbent in the general. Arnold has attacked Gatsas for insufficiently handling Manchester's crime; Gastas is accusing Arnold of trying to politicize the issue. Whoever wins here will likely become a major figure in New Hampshire politics, an enviable job given the state’s importance is presidential politics.  

Minneapolis
Non-partisan race
Population 382,578

Mayor R.T. Rybak’s departure has led to a very crowded and unpredictable race, with thirty-five candidates running. Complicating things farther, the city employs an instant runoff system, where voters rank their top three choices and have their votes distributed to their next favorite candidates after their initial preferences are eliminated.

Of the many contenders, a few stand out. Former Council President Dan Cohen, a Republican turned independent, left office in the early seventies but he has used his personal funds to advertise early and remind voters who he is. Democrat Mark Andrew, a former Hennepin County commissioner and state party leader, has the most money of anyone in the race and a good deal of establishment support; however, he angered many voters when he attacked charter schools. Democratic Councilor Betsy Hodge is playing up her ties to Rybak and has the Minneapolis Star Tribune's endorsement. Don Samuels, another Democratic Councilor and the only major non-white candidate, is emphasizing education, crime reduction, and the need to eliminate racial gaps in the city. However, his relationship with African American leaders has often been uneasy. Former Council President Jackie Cherryhomes, also a Democrat, suffers from weak fundraising and a lack of name recognition.

Between the crowded field and instant runoff system, almost anything can happen. But one thing is almost certain: this guy won’t win.  

New York City
Partisan race
Population 8,175,133

Democrats haven't won this office since 1989, but the long drought is about to end. Bill de Blasio, the party’s nominee and Public Advocate, has a massive lead in the polls over his Republican opponent former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chair Joe Lhota. The only real question is whether de Blasio will win closer to 65 or 70 percent of the vote in this heavily Democratic city.    

Seattle
Non-partisan race
Population 608,660

Democratic incumbent Mike McGinn has had a very rough term in office. He has faced criticism for leading an unsuccessful and unpopular fight to stop the construction of a downtown tunnel and has long had poor relationships with his city council and with state leaders. McGinn’s opponent is Democratic state Senate leader Ed Murray, who would become the city's first openly gay mayor.

Murray is running as a candidate who can bring people together and has the endorsements of the city council and both his former rivals in the August primary. Murray appears to be the clear frontrunner: a mid-October SurveyUSA poll shows Murray leading McGinn by an intimidating 52 to 32 margin, while a Strategies 360 survey shows a similar result. Unless McGinn can pull off an upset for the ages, Murray will easily win this race.      

St. Petersburg
Non-partisan race
Population 244,769

Republican incumbent Bill Foster is facing a fierce fight against former Democratic state Rep. Rick Kriseman in a contest both of Florida's state parties are spending big money to win in this critical swing region. Foster is touting the city’s progress while depicting Kriseman as ineffective during his time in the legislature. Kriseman is firing back, criticizing Foster for changing his positions on constructing a new pier and new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. Foster earned a fairly weak 40 percent in the primary, underscoring his vulnerability.

A St. Pete Polls survey from mid-September gives Kriseman a 48 to 43 percent edge, while a recent Braun Research poll has Kriseman up 40 to 34. However, both sides' spending indicates no one believes this race is over. Both Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his likely Democratic rival Charlie Crist are getting involved in the race in support of their party's candidate. A victory here would also be a good omen as both sides prepare for next year's competitive special election in the St. Petersburg-based 13th congressional district. With both parties badly wanting to win, this race will be one of the most interesting to watch on election night.

Toledo
Non-partisan race
Population 287,208

Democrats are hoping to unseat Mayor Mike Bell, an independent who has frequently aligned himself with Republican Gov. John Kasich on labor issues. However, no Democrat survived the primary, leaving independent City Councilor Michael Collins as Bell’s general election opponent in this predominantly Democratic city. Collins is criticizing Bell for supporting right-to-work, earning him a good deal of union support as well as the state Democratic Party’s backing, though many Democrats remain skeptical of Collins.  

Bell is casting the race as a battle between a mayor who eliminated a huge deficit and a challenger who opposed his policies. Bell also has the backing of Kasich and the county Republican Party and has heavily outspend Collins. Nov. 5 will be a test to see if Collins and his reluctant Democratic coalition will be able to upset Bell.

Post Nov. 5 Races

Tulsa (Nov. 12)
Non-partisan race
Population 391,906

Incumbent Republican Dewey Bartlett faces his Democratic predecessor Kathy Taylor in Oklahoma’s second largest city. Both Bartlett and Taylor have problems from their tenures their opponents are exploiting. Bartlett has been dogged by a controversy over police layoffs, while Taylor is being criticized over a lawsuit payment under her watch. Bartlett is also tying Taylor to national Democrats, while Taylor is criticizing the incumbent for the city's budget problems.  

Taylor may have an edge here: she out-polled Bartlett 42 percent to 34, with conservative Republican Bill Christiansen earning 23 percent. While Bartlett may gain much of Christiansen’s base, Christiansen’s refusal to endorse the Mayor is not making Bartlett’s life any easier.

San Diego (Nov. 19)
Non-partisan race
Population 1,307,402

Former Mayor Bob Filner’s scandal and resignation has led to a special election that almost certainly will not be resolved until early 2014. Currently Nathan Fletcher, a former assemblymember, 2012 mayoral candidate, and Republican-turned independent-turned Democrat, looks like the frontrunner. SurveyUSA has him leading the primary with 32 percent, with Republican city Councilmember Kevin Faulconer at 28, Democratic Councilmember David Alvarez at 20, and former Democratic city Attorney Mike Aguirre far behind at 8.

In the almost certain event that no one wins more than 50 percent on Nov. 19, a special election will be held sometime in early 2014. The SurveyUSA poll indicates that Fletcher would defeat Faulconer or Alverez by double digits in a runoff, while a Faulconer-Alvarez race would be far closer. However, while Fletcher is still in a dominant position, his lead has slipped somewhat in the polls. Alverez does have an advantage in one important metric: he and his allies have $1 million stockpiled, more than Fletcher’s $765,000 and Faulconer’s $635,000. Faulconer, who is running as a social moderate and fiscal conservative, has the backing of much of the local business community. The state Republican Party also sees a Faulconer victory as a way to start regaining their lost influence in the state.

Alvarez and Fletcher both have their share of local and state Democratic supporters. Both Alvarez and Faulconer are hitting Fletcher over his party-switch, painting him as untrustworthy. Fletcher in turn is portraying himself in turn as a consensus builder. While San Diego leans Democratic, Republicans held onto city hall for twenty-years until Filner’s 2012 victory. With the stakes high in California’s second-largest city, this race should be competitive until the end.  

Have an exciting mayoral election that didn't make the list? Add it in the comments!  

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 09:19 AM PDT.

Also republished by New York City and Daily Kos.

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  •  You should change the permissions (9+ / 0-)

    for the Google Doc. I can't see it.

    (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

    by ProudNewEnglander on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 07:08:26 AM PDT

  •  Good rundown Darth Jeff (6+ / 0-)

    One thing - I think the population figure for Greensboro is wrong.

  •  Any polls in Charlotte? Manchester? (2+ / 0-)
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    "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!" -Charlie Chaplin

    by KingofSpades on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 09:29:57 AM PDT

    •  No public polls (3+ / 0-)
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      I wouldn't be shocked if PPP did one for Charlotte (unless they have a client there) but nothing as of now.  

      Contributing Editor, Daily Kos Elections. 23, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-02 (resident).

      by Jeff Singer on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 09:40:57 AM PDT

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    •  Charlotte (6+ / 0-)

      I really hope Charlotte dems get in gear.  A Dem win in Charlotte could be seen as a repudiation of the former Republican mayor who's now governor.

      •  And that "former Republican mayor who's (0+ / 0-)

        now governor" has turned out to be a far-right-wing, lying, sociopathic teabagger whose only job is to toe the line of the real governor, Koch wannabee Art Pope, and spew rightwing rhetoric on command.

        Fake governor McCrory is all the proof that anybody needs that somebody who is running as a Republican is a liar and a sociopath. In this state which has a large plurality of Democratic registered voters, the only reason that McCrory won the gubernatorial election is that many, many Democrats voted for him because "he was a moderate in Charlotte" or he "worked across the aisle to get things done". How wrong those Democrats were, and they know it.

        Peacock is the same thing as McCrory: a smiling face atop an empty suit, put out there by the remains of the Republican machine in an attempt to fool voters into voting against their own best interests again and empower another partisan puppet to bolster the Republicans' rapidly declining fortunes in this state.

        Hopefully, McCrory has destroyed the "moderate" Republican brand in this state for a generation or two to come. And Charlotte should never again elect a Republican to anything. We have a couple of gerrymandered city council districts that are populated predominantly with low-information suburbanites who watch Fox "News" and actually believe that it is real, but that is the extent of Republican power in Charlotte now. Thank God.

        "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

        by blue in NC on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 04:57:36 AM PDT

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  •  LOL "Some Dude Eric Dick" in Houston /nt (8+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 09:37:49 AM PDT

  •  I don't have a dog in any of these fights. (5+ / 0-)

    I have slept in four of these cities.

    Where only Democrats are on the ballot may the best Democrat win.

  •  Please, not Beantown (7+ / 0-)

    Nobody but transplanted news readers uses that term here.

  •  Houston (7+ / 0-)

    Should read "Democrat" Ben Hall. His entire campaign staff is GOP operatives. And they are running one of judge worst campaigns I have ever seen.

    If his intro campaign ad doesn't scream slimed car salesman, I don't know what does.

    http://youtu.be/...

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    by trowaman on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 10:40:50 AM PDT

    •  deregulagtion (4+ / 0-)
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      Arbitrarily lower taxes, gut department, gut public safety.  All ideological socially conservative values.

      One argument is that Houston has been running a deficit for at least a decade.  Houston has one of those stupid conservative rules, that it has to have a balanced budget, which means that no one can do honest accounting.  It might be that Houston has been running a few percent deficit in some years.  We will never really know, and a new mayor will do the same thing which is use accounting tricks to make the hundred million.

      What is scary is the idea of public safety.  As far as I can tell he wants to destroy the safety scaffolding that keep out building from falling down and food safe.  Houston has a huge number of restaurants(I have like 20 within a mile of all ranges, inner city, many local) even though I am told it is notoriously difficult to open a restaurant in Houston.  For other business we have strict sign laws,  what can be on a window, etc.  Some of this is aesthetics, much of it is safety.  It sounds like he wants to get rid of it.

  •  Detroit (0+ / 0-)

    Isn't the Detroit mayoral election meaningless, because the Overseer that Snyder appointed for the city now holds all the real power?

    •  Orr has the power but it will end at some point (3+ / 0-)
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      The City Council can reclaim the city's power by a 2/3 vote as early as September.  

      Contributing Editor, Daily Kos Elections. 23, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-02 (resident).

      by Jeff Singer on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 12:11:14 PM PDT

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      •  The winner of the Detroit mayoral election (2+ / 0-)
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        will have a lot of time to hunker down with the citizens of the city, to get a true read on what is possible and to grab a firm hand on the wheel for that time when the Emergency Manager must scram.  The biggest problem the mayor will have will be the city council which always seems to be comprised of showboaters, obstructionists, the unschooled, and the unhinged.

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        by judyms9 on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 03:54:12 PM PDT

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        •  Not true (7+ / 0-)

          You're thinking of the council pre-2009.  Even with the troubles it's had since the EM showed up, the "unhinged" bloc on council literally has only two of the nine reliable votes.  I really hate this caricature of the council, because even pre-2009 there was still a working, sensible majority, it's just that the minority was extremely vocal.

          BTW, the council is up for re-election, and this time it is by district.  This upcoming council looks like it will have three incumbents coming back only one of which was part of the minority obstructionist wing.  This is looking to be the youngest and most ethnically diverse council incoming since early in the previous decade.  It's also looking as if it'll have it's first hispanic member in its history from the chronically underserved southwest Detroit.

          Just had to set some things straight.

  •  Boston (8+ / 0-)

    I like Marty Walsh, who is a union guy from way back. My main reservation is that Walsh is implacably and anachronistically hostile to marijuana reform. Connally is a corporatist who wants to privatize the public schools and is getting huge support from the corporate school cabal. FWIW: Walsh just received several prominent endorsements from notable Boston people of color, including former candidate Charlotte Golar-Richie (one of Menino's team members, though Menino is neutral).

    Go Sox!

  •  I'm pulling for McGinn in Seattle, a good D with (4+ / 0-)

    a strong environmental record. Murray was Majority Leader in the State Senate but was pantsed by the R's and two renegade blue dogs loosing control of the Senate for us. He was also asleep at the wheel while one of his assistants stole most of the money in the Dem Senate Campaign Fund.

    •  McGinn is also clearly better on transportation (2+ / 0-)
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      Murray's statements are--where he is even familiar with the particular issue or issues questioned--much more those of someone running for some sort of regional position than mayor of Seattle.  He is far too ready to spend Seattle's share of the transportation pie on projects that largely benefit the suburbs.  (See Seattle Transit Blog endorsements here.)  He is also definitely the candidate of the establishment as it manifests itself here.

      Being Seattle, neither candidate is particularly horrible when looked at through a national lens, but there are definitely differences.  Murray will likely be a passable mayor, but on issues of importance to me I hope that McGinn can pull the massive upset.

      I like lemurs -6.50, -4.82

      by roadbear on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 05:32:28 PM PDT

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  •  i am a Marty Walsh voter (5+ / 0-)

    and pollsters are ringing my phone off the hook.  I have participated in about ten polls this month--some with live questions and some automated polls with push one for Walsh push two for Connolly.

    LOL i shyt you not while I was typing this comment I got a robocall from Charlotte Golar Richie (whom I supported in the primary and came in third) asking me to vote for Marty Walsh!  I already knew about her endorsement, which did affect my estimation of the two remaining candidates.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 03:25:18 PM PDT

    •  kogs should support Walsh in the Boston race (2+ / 0-)
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      Walsh is the progressive of the two candidates, and Walsh is also not afraid to use the word progressive in his campaign ads.  Connolly is going after the R leaning/blue dog/Reagan Democrat/keep "those folks" out of my neighborhood Boston voters, while Walsh is hoping to put together a rainbow coalition of progressives, Blacks, Spanish speakers, Asians and others from the less politically powerful Boston neighborhoods.

      The problem, as always, is turnout.   Will the Arroyo/Yancey/Ross/Barrios/Golar-Richie primary voters turn out for the general?  Will the endorsement of LGBT activists like Arline Isaacson help Walsh, who worked behind the scenes as a State Rep to prevent a legislative rollback of marriage equality?

      Walsh's biggest problem is that Menino hates him.  Menino has been lying about being neutral in the race while practically been campaigning for Connolly.  I'm not a Menino fan so his support for Connolly has no effect on me.

      But since Connolly has the Menino machine to help with election day turnout, Walsh is a serious underdog.

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 04:06:06 PM PDT

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      •  WOW Walsh just ran a pre-World Series ad (4+ / 0-)

        featuring Charlotte Golar Richie, Felix Arroyo, and John Barros, in the minutes right before the World Series game 5.

        Must have cost him a fortune

        followed immediately by a Connolly ad with dog whistle words about crime and violence and holding teachers to the highest standards, and a bunch of smiling black children which always annoys me

        Walsh is the better man in this race IMO

        Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
        Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

        by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 05:03:30 PM PDT

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      •  I don't get the sense Menino was supporting (0+ / 0-)

        Connolly. Connolly, after all, announced his run while Menino still hadn't made known his plans. And we all know how Menino holds grudges from slights such as this.

        But it's true, Menino and Walsh have never gotten along.

        I was an Arroyo supporter in the primary, and I was never going to vote for Connolly under any circumstances.

  •  Please don't refer to Boston as "Beantown" (5+ / 0-)

    Call it the Hub or Athens of America or Titletown or the Olde Towne. Only out of town rubes use it.

  •  From the Mayor's office, to the City Council, (6+ / 0-)

    to the city-wide offices, to the borough presidents, New York City is about to get a strikingly more progressive government across the board. Term limits have really been a boon to NYC Dems.

    With a landslide election and a fundamentally more leftish city council, de Blasio is going to have a stong mandate to govern.

    Now, he is going to have to do some tough negotiating with unions. That's reality. The thing is they WILL get a contract. No more of this going years and years with no contract. But it is only right that he seek to drive a hard bargain for the taxpayers without just trampling all over public workers.

    I expect that should be the first thing he does if he needs to give some points of political capital. Get the public workers a good contract, but drive a hard bargain. Reasonable raises and no trimming of major benefits in return for a long and predictable contract (4 years or so) seems to me a fair deal.

    •  convention (3+ / 0-)
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      I just learned that NYS will have a constitutional convention in 2017--the municipal unions better plan ahead and make sure they have Dems in the legislature--we don't want NY to become NC lite.

      Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith .

      by melvynny on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 04:04:07 PM PDT

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  •  This does not belong here, but there is a contest (6+ / 0-)

    in Brooklyn - CT  (Pop about 7200) for first selectman ( the equivalent of a mayor).  The incumbent Republican has served two terms already, and wants a third. He should not get it. Nothing really to do with parties, but it will be a tough fight for the challenger.  Especially since very few people are expected to vote.

    Anyhow, thanks for the update, brooklynbadboy.

  •  have you met Ted? (2+ / 0-)
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    while campaigning for Arnold they were talking about gatsas and apparently he's proud of not using e-mail.  Good thing a lot of business and government is still done with cursive, otherwise not knowing about computers might impede the ability to do the job of mayor.

    NH-02. First time living in NH, waiting for the candidates to start a courting.

    by DougTuttle on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 03:48:48 PM PDT

  •  I remember Ed Schultz did a live broadcast from (0+ / 0-)

    Toledo back in the SB-5 days... not a lot of folks fond of Mike Bell's antics as I recall... and I'd imagine they've been reminded of those days.

    Not sure people care if he aligned with Romney or not - I'd reckon all they remember is the "Jeep moving to China" fail.

    The only thing that stops a Bad Republican with a vote is a Good Democrat with a vote.

    by here4tehbeer on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 03:57:33 PM PDT

  •  Aside from New York, Houston and San Diego (4+ / 0-)
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    Charlotte's the biggest city on this list.

    We're #4, We're #4.

    (Waves wildly and cheers.)

    Woo. :)

  •  Where there is a Republican Governor (0+ / 0-)

    democratically elected mayors are of no consequence (see Michigan/Detroit).

  •  Thanks for a great read (4+ / 0-)

    I am part of a crew that does election diary rescues every season. This is the kind of stuff we love the best, elections that are important, but get missed by the general readership.

    Look for us on September 1st and every day through the election as we chronicle every election related diary.


    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 04:31:57 PM PDT

  •  Apparently NOTHING much happens W of the Rockies? (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for including Seattle. C'mon east coast!

    What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

    by TerryDarc on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 05:38:55 PM PDT

  •  Mike Bell in Toledo is a disaster (1+ / 0-)
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    He's an "independent" who's proven in action to be very right-wing, obviously, since he has Republican support.

    Alas I think the two Democrats suffered because they were going after each other. I was being hit up by one of the campaigns to do an expose of the other on my blog.  I was very reluctant to jump into that fray, so I let it pass, never wrote about it.

    Bell is horrible.

    I do have to point out as far as Cincinnati goes that while I prefer Qualls to Cranley, abortion is not an issue in city races. Or it shouldn't be anyway. Up here in Cleveland, there were a lot of people, especially some women I knew, who were put off when former Lakewood mayor and current Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald announced his run for governor because they assumed he was anti-choice. They gathered this because he is Irish Catholic. He had never taken a public position. It turns out he is a strong supporter of women's rights. Unless Cranley runs for something beside mayor again, abortion should not be something  he concerns himself with.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

    by anastasia p on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 05:57:05 PM PDT

  •  Here in Minneapolis... (0+ / 0-)

    FWIW... I'm in Minneapolis, and judging popularity by number of yard signs, I'd rank candidates as follows...
    1. Bob Fine (DFL), Commissioner of Parks
    2. Betsy Hodges (DFL), City Council Representative
    3. Cam Winton (Independent), seems to be the candidate Republicans are rallying around.

    And by the way, Bob Fine is leading the yard sign race by a lot as far as I can tell. There is no number 4. I have never seen a yard sign for any other candidate.

  •  i just got polled by PPP on the Boston Mayors Race (3+ / 0-)
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    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 03:09:59 PM PDT

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