Latest Municipal elections News

Son of Turkish immigrants wins German mayoral race

Nov. 10, 2019 4:34 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German Green party lawmaker with Turkish roots has won a runoff election to become the mayor of Hannover. Belit Onay received 52.9% of the vote in Sunday's election compared with 47.1% for center-right candidate Eckhard Scholz. German news agency dpa reported that it is the first time a...

Coin toss rule could determine village's tied mayoral race

Nov. 9, 2019 2:31 PM EST

MAGNOLIA, Ohio (AP) — A mayoral election in a small Ohio village could once again be decided by a coin toss. The Canton Repository reports candidates Travis Boyd and Grant Downes each received 127 votes during Tuesday's election in Magnolia, which straddles Stark and Carroll counties. A coin toss will...

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers charged, student mourned

Nov. 9, 2019 10:39 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police in Hong Kong said Saturday that they have arrested and charged six pro-democracy lawmakers, a move that could escalate public fury a day after the death of a university student linked to months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Protesters vented...

Bloomberg to pass on Iowa, NH, focus on Super Tuesday states

Nov. 8, 2019 8:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg plans to skip early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire if he launches a presidential bid and instead focus his efforts on the crush of states that vote on Super Tuesday and beyond. It's a strategy that acknowledges the limitations of entering the race at this late...

People of color make gains in mayoral races across the US

Nov. 7, 2019 1:29 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People of color made history this week by winning municipal races in places their families were once ignored or prevented from voting, including a New Mexico mayor whose father was forced into a Japanese internment camp during World War II. From Arizona to Massachusetts, the gains...

Somali who was target of threats wins US municipal election

Nov. 7, 2019 9:57 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The second-largest city in Maine, home to thousands of African newcomers, has elected a Somali American to its city council following a campaign that was marred by racist attacks and threats fueled by social media. Safiya Khalid, 23, soundly defeated a fellow Democrat on Tuesday for...

Removing King's name in Kansas City opens wounds, discussion

Nov. 6, 2019 8:39 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City leaders and residents on Wednesday began what is likely to be a challenging conversation about how to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recover from wounds inflicted during a nearly yearlong debate over naming a street for the civil rights icon in the majority white...

Amazon's spending in Seattle Council races doesn't deliver

Nov. 6, 2019 7:49 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon poured $1.5 million into an effort to overhaul Seattle's City Council this year. It didn't deliver. Though many votes remain to be counted, early returns suggest the online retail giant and other business interests will have fewer obvious allies on the Council than at any time in...

1 vote gives Democrats council control in Pence's hometown

Nov. 6, 2019 12:51 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Democrats will hold a City Council majority in Vice President Mike Pence's Indiana hometown for the first time since the 1980s if a candidate's one-vote victory margin holds up. Unofficial results from Tuesday's local election show Democrats winning a 4-3 Columbus City Council...

Flint mayor ousted as recovery, rebuilding trust continue

Nov. 6, 2019 12:40 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Flint, Michigan, will continue to recover from a lead-contaminated water crisis with a new mayor, who will in turn work to rebuild residents' shattered trust. Former Flint city councilman and current third-term state Rep. Sheldon Neeley on Tuesday defeated incumbent Mayor Karen...