Tag: Elections, Mayors

Andre Dickens Is Elected Mayor of Atlanta

ATLANTA — Andre Dickens, a veteran City Council member, was elected mayor of Atlanta in an upset on Tuesday night after promising voters that he would help guide the city in a more equitable direction. Mr. Dickens, 47, will step into one of the most high-profile political positions in the South after defeating Felicia Moore, […]

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Democratic Socialists Have a Long Road to Electoral Victory

In my political circles, the socialist and activist left, the recent defeat of India Walton, a democratic socialist candidate for mayor of Buffalo, seemed all too familiar, even if she lost in an unusual way to the incumbent Democratic mayor, Byron Brown. Ms. Walton prevailed against Mr. Brown in the Democratic primary, but for the […]

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Democrats Deny Political Reality at Their Own Peril

But Tuesday’s results are a sign that significant parts of the electorate are feeling leery of a sharp leftward push in the party, including on priorities like Build Back Better, which have some strong provisions and some discretionary ones driving up the price tag. The concerns of more centrist Americans about a rush to spend […]

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The Atlanta Mayor’s Race Proceeds to a Runoff Without Kasim Reed

ATLANTA — The mayoral election in Atlanta produced a surprise result, as Kasim Reed, a former two-term mayor once considered a front-runner in the race, failed to finish in either first or second place, denying him the chance to compete in the Nov. 30 runoff and ending his surprising political comeback bid. Felicia Moore, the […]

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Election Day Silver Linings!

Didn’t work. Will you be surprised to hear that Donald Trump is taking credit? The other governor’s race, in New Jersey, was way more dramatic than expected, with incumbent Philip Murphy fighting off a surprisingly strong challenge from Republican Jack Ciattarelli, a former assemblyman. Very possible this one could still be in recount purgatory during […]

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Eric Adams Vows to ‘Get Stuff Done.’ But First, a Night on the Town.

“No matter who it is, I’m going to work with them,” he said. But first, Mr. Adams will fly to Puerto Rico this week for a prominent gathering of New York elected officials and lobbyists staged by a nonprofit known as Somos. Then he will visit the Dominican Republic. Takeaways From the 2021 Elections Card […]

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Jacob Frey Is Re-Elected as Minneapolis’s Mayor

MINNEAPOLIS — Mayor Jacob Frey, a Democrat who led Minneapolis when a police officer murdered George Floyd and the city was overwhelmed by rioting last year, was elected to a second term, The Associated Press projected on Wednesday. Mr. Frey also had opposed efforts to abolish or replace the local police force. The election in […]

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Eric Adams’s Style: ‘Everything About You Must Say Power’

Six years ago, Eric Adams, then Brooklyn borough president, stood onstage at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and thundered his commencement advice at the soon-to-be graduates. He exhorted them to “reach for the stars.” “You are lions,” he told them. They should always say to themselves, “I am possible.” But, he warned them, while you’re […]

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Michelle Wu Is Neither White Nor Male. She Was Elected Mayor of Boston.

BOSTON — Time to retire the tired old tropes about Brahmin swells, Irish ward heelers and the petty parochialism that for too long has defined this city on the national stage. A Taiwanese American woman from Chicago is about to become the mayor of Boston, a town that, until Tuesday, had elected only white men […]

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Eric Adams Is Elected Mayor of New York City

Eric Leroy Adams, a former New York City police captain whose attention-grabbing persona and keen focus on racial justice fueled a decades-long career in public life, was elected on Tuesday as the 110th mayor of New York and the second Black mayor in the city’s history. Mr. Adams, who will take office on Jan. 1, […]

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What to Watch in Tuesday’s Elections: Virginia, Mayor’s Races and Policing

Most of the political world’s attention on Tuesday will be focused on Virginia, where former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, is trying to return to his old office in a run against Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy Republican business executive. Polls show the race is a dead heat. And the themes of the contest — with […]

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Here’s What to Watch in New York and New Jersey Elections

After a fairly low-key general election season, New York City voters will decide three citywide contests on Tuesday: mayor, comptroller and public advocate. Democrats are heavily favored in each, as they are in most of the other contests for City Council, borough presidents and the Manhattan district attorney. Eric Adams is likely to be elected […]

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Buffalo Mayor’s Race: Rematch Between India Walton and Byron Brown

BUFFALO, N.Y. — If Byron Brown succeeds in his frantic quest for a fifth term as mayor of Buffalo, he may well have a rubber stamp to thank. First elected in 2005, Mr. Brown, 63, is currently running a write-in campaign against India Walton, a self-described Democratic socialist who stunned the political world in June […]

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What Does It Mean to Be a New York Democrat These Days?

Last November, the often-fractious Democrats of New York papered over their sharp differences to celebrate Donald Trump’s defeat, a development that briefly united the party’s relatively moderate leader, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, with the state’s ascendant left wing. One year later, New York Democrats are in a vastly different place. Mr. Cuomo has resigned in […]

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Reform New York City’s Board of Elections Now

If you built a laboratory solely to concoct the most inept, opaque and self-dealing election board imaginable, you would have a hard time outdoing the real-life specimen currently functioning — or more often malfunctioning — in New York City. From massive and illegal voter purges to broken-down voting machines and misaddressed ballots, the fiascoes of […]

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A South African Town Lacks Water and Electricity. But Mayors? It Has Two.

LICHTENBURG, South Africa — Walking through what could be the charming tree-lined streets of Lichtenburg in South Africa’s rural heartland, pedestrians skirt around piles of uncollected trash. Shop fronts darkened by electricity blackouts line the main road. A recently built community center has been stolen, brick by brick. Mayor Daniel Buthelezi believes he can turn […]

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Eric Adams, the Likely N.Y.C. Mayor, Has The Times’s Endorsement

Barring political cataclysm, Eric Leroy Adams, a former police captain turned Democratic politician, will become New York City’s next mayor. For Mr. Adams, Brooklyn’s charismatic borough president and the Democratic nominee for mayor, winning the general election on Tuesday is likely to be the easy part. Democrats outnumber Republicans in New York City nearly seven […]

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New York’s Five Ballot Measures: Explained

If you’re reading this, you are probably well aware of New York City’s mayoral election and the other city races being contested this year. But you may be less familiar with the five potential amendments to the State Constitution that are also on the ballot. The ballot questions include measures involving legislative redistricting, changes to […]

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Curtis Sliwa Has New York’s Attention Again. Was That Always the Point?

There was the time on a trip to Washington when he was thrown into the Potomac River by parties hostile to the Guardian Angels. The time he assaulted an undercover police officer he mistakenly thought was attacking a mechanic. And the time he buried a kindergarten classmate in a sandbox for pulling on a girl’s […]

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Adams vs. Sliwa: A Guide to New York’s Mayoral Race

New York City’s recovery from the pandemic will depend heavily on mass transit and other transportation. But the subway is facing a looming financial emergency, with ridership significantly below prepandemic numbers. Like his predecessors, the next mayor’s influence over the subway system will be limited: The subway and its daily operations are overseen by the […]

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8 Black Women Who Are Mayors in Some of the U.S.’s Biggest Cities

This breakthrough moment may be a fleeting one. In Atlanta, a city where nearly half of the population is Black, Ms. Bottoms announced earlier this year that she would not be running for a second term. Two Black candidates — Kasim Reed, a man and the city’s former mayor, and Felicia Moore, a woman and […]

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Michelle Wu Makes Her Play for Power in Boston

“You’re not my daughter anymore, and I’m not your mother,” Ms. Wu’s mother told her. Ms. Wu marks this period as the crossroads in her life, the point where she let go of the script that her parents had written for her. “Life feels very short when that kind of switch happens,” she said. Thrust […]

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You Can’t Fight City Hall. But You Can Pick Who Runs It.

Indeed. Minneapolis has 17 candidates for mayor. The poor voters are supposed to go through the whole pile and pick a favorite, a runner-up and a third selection. This is called ranked-choice voting and it’s gotten very popular around the country. As the votes are counted, the biggest losers are tossed off and the people […]

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5 Takeaways From the Last N.Y.C. Mayoral Debate

The final debate in the New York City mayor’s race devolved into a chaotic contest Tuesday night marked by name-calling, lecturing, personal remarks and even profanity as the long-shot Republican candidate, Curtis Sliwa, sought to knock Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee, off-kilter at every turn. Mr. Sliwa faces extraordinarily difficult odds against Mr. Adams, and […]

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Sliwa Attacks Adams at Debate in Bid to Halt Front-Runner’s Momentum

There was talk of schmoozing with murderous gang members, and accusations of hiding money to evade paying child support. Pagliacci, the tortured clown of the 19th-century opera, was name-checked. So was Miley Cyrus. All of this came up Tuesday night in an explosive second and final New York City mayoral debate between Eric Adams, the […]

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How to Watch the Second N.Y.C. Mayoral Debate

With just a week left until Election Day, the Democratic and Republican nominees for mayor of New York City will square off for the final time on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the second of two televised debates. Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and Democratic nominee, remains the overwhelming favorite and could soon emerge […]

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Who Is Eric Adams? That Depends.

Yet like any worthy storyteller, Mr. Adams has made choices about what to emphasize and what to elide, carefully guarding certain pieces of himself and working to recast others. When his mother died earlier this year, he surprised friends by not publicly revealing it for months, even as he continued speaking about her on the […]

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Bobby Valentine, Ex-Mets Manager, Wants to Be the Mayor of Stamford

Mr. Valentine’s name will appear on Line F, the equivalent to batting sixth on a lineup card, because he is not affiliated with a political party. Famous donors have gravitated toward both candidates. Bette Midler, Michael Douglas and Rita Wilson gave to Ms. Simmons. So did Larry Summers, the former Treasury secretary. Two of Mr. […]

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