MultiState's Local Policy Digest explores the top legislative developments from municipalities across the U.S.
Democratic incumbents sweep November mayoral elections. On November 6, 16 of the country’s largest cities and Washington, D.C., voted to choose new mayors. Although local races are more likely to be nonpartisan than state or federal elections, political ideologies and party loyalties are still significant factors in enacting policies and choosing representatives at the local level. Of the 14 races that have been called so far, sitting Democratic mayors won seven, continuing the party’s hold on major metropolitan areas like Austin, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C.
But Republicans did not walk away empty-handed. In addition to hanging onto mayorships in places like Chandler, Arizona, and San Bernardino, California, Republicans picked up seats in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and, most notably, in Lexington, Kentucky. Linda Gorton’s victory over Democrat Ronnie Bastin in the Bluegrass State marks the first time a Republican has held the position since 1974.