What to track until November 2020? A general election cheat sheet


Here are 465 things I’m watching in the Nov. 2020 elections! Congress, state governments, and powerful county and municipal officials like DAs and sheriffs are on the ballot, besides the presidential race. This cheat sheet contains races I find noteworthy for political or ideological stakes, with details. All states and D.C. represented for at least one non-federal election.

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You can also download a printable PDF version of the cheatsheet for Election Night. (Updated on 11/2)

Also, visit The Appeal’s Political Report, a project that I founded, for coverage of local elections on criminal justice. Read my primers on the most important DA/sheriff races, & when it comes to ICE cooperation. A big hat-tip to, and visit, Ballotpedia and Daily Kos Elections.

What we know so far, in the aggregate:

Senate balance: +1 Dem so far
House balance:
-8 GOP so far

Legislative chambers flip: GOP gains NH H & S


STATEWIDE

Senate

Dem-held (major races)
AlabamaGOP
MichiganDem
MinnesotaDem
New MexicoDem
GOP-held (major races)
AlaskaGOP
ArizonaDem
ColoradoDem
GeorgiaRunoff
Georgia | specialRunoff
IowaGOP
KansasGOP
KentuckyGOP
North CarolinaGOP
MaineGOP
MississippiGOP
MontanaGOP
South CarolinaGOP
TexasGOP
Democrats need a net 3 seats if Biden wins, 4 if not.

Governors

DEM-HELD
MontanaGOP
North CarolinaDem
GOP-HELD
IndianaGOP
MissouriGOP
New Hamp.GOP
VermontGOP
Pre-election:
26 R, 24 D
Not listed: DE, ND, UT, WA, WV

Attorneys general

DEM-HELD
North Carolinatight
PennsylvaniaDem
GOP-HELD
Indiana (open)GOP
Montana (open)GOP
Not listed:
MO, UT, and WV (GOP-held) OR , VT, and WA (Dem-held)

Secretaries of state (important for voting rights!)

DEM-HELD
North CarolinaDEM
VermontDEM
GOP-HELD
MissouriGOP
MontanaGOP
OregonDEM
WashingtonGOP
West VirginiaGOP

Other statewide officials (except Justices: see right)

MT: Super. of Public Instruction (faultlines on public school funding)GOP
NC also votes for:
—LG (R)
—Auditor (D)
—Treasurer (R)
—Agriculture Commiss. (R)
—Labor Commiss. (R)
—Insurance Commiss. (R)
—Super. of public instruction (R)
All holds!
PA: Auditor General (preview)GOP
PA: Treasurer
WA: Lieut. Gov. (all-D)Heck
WA: Super. of public instruction (GOP-backed challenger takes issue with Dem-incumbent-backed sex ed mandate)Dem
WV: Treasurer (a rare Dem official)GOP
TX: Railroad Commission race is important for climate politics and energy policyGOP
See right-most column for statewide Supreme Court elections

Other statewide stakes

AZ: Will the Corporation Commission (a powerful body) flip to Dems?GOP
NY: Will WFP keep its NY ballot line, i.e. will enough NYers vote for Biden on the WFP line?Yes
MI: Will Supreme Court flip to Dem? (See right for details)Yes
OH: Will Supreme Court flip to Dems? (See right for details)No
TX: Will Dems flip the Board of Education?No
Oh, and there’s the presidential election too!

If the presidential race were to go to the House, the GOP currently controls 26 House delegations & Dems control 23. See this analysis. Key elections to watch for Dems to gain or tie a delegation: AK-AL, MT-AL, KS-02, PA-01, PA-10, FL-15, FL-16, and the Texas landscape in general. For Republican opportunities, watch MN-07, MI-03, and the Iowa landscape in general.

U.S. HOUSE

GOP-held

All GOP-held districts won by Clinton:
CA-25tight
NC-02Dem
NC-06Dem
NY-24GOP
PA-01GOP
TX-23GOP
Competive GOP-held districts won by Trump ’16:
AK-AL (incumbent since 1973!)GOP
AR-02GOP
AZ-06GOP
CA-04GOP
CA-22GOP
CA-50GOP
CO-03 (Boebert’s CD)GOP
FL-15GOP
GA-07DEM
IL-13GOP
IN-05GOP
MI-03GOP
MI-06GOP
MN-01GOP
MO-02GOP
MT-ALGOP
NC-08GOP
NC-09GOP
NC-11GOP
NE-02 (Omaha)GOP
NJ-02GOP
NY-01early
NY-02early
OH-01GOP
OH-12GOP
PA-10GOP
TX-03GOP
TX-10GOP
TX-21GOP
TX-22GOP
TX-24GOP
VA-05GOP
WA-03GOP

Dem-held

All Dem-held districts won by Trump ’16:
AZ-01Dem
GA-06Dem
IL-14Dem
IL-17Dem
IA-01GOP
IA-02tight
IA-03Dem
ME-02Dem
MI-08Dem
MI-11Dem
MN-02Dem
MN-07GOP
NV-03Dem
NH-01Dem
NJ-03Dem
NJ-05Dem
NJ-07Dem
NM-02GOP
NY-11GOP
NY-18Dem
NY-19Dem
NY-22early
OK-05GOP
PA-08Dem
PA-17Dem
SC-01GOP
UT-04GOP
VA-02Dem
VA-07Dem
WI-03Dem
Competitive Dem-held districts won by Clinton ’16
CA-10Dem
CA-21tight
CA-39GOP
CA-48GOP
FL-26GOP
FL-27GOP
OR-04Dem
WA-08Dem

NOTE: This list contains all Dem-held districts that Trump carried in 2016, and all GOP-held districts that Clinton carried. It also contains most House districts that are rated as at least competitive by Cook Political, UVA’s Crystal Ball, or Inside Elections.

Also see this Daily Kos Elections’ resource for how each district votes.

All-Dem runoffs

CA has seven:
Only open one: CA-53 (preview of fault lines)
Inc. challenged: CA-12, CA-18, CA-29, CA-34, CA-38, CA-44
Jacobs
WA has one:
—WA-10, Doglio vs. Strickland
Strickland

REFERENDA

Expand voter eligibility

CA: Voting rights for people on parole (#17)YES
CA: Enable ppl who’ll be 18 by Nov. to vote in primaries (#18)NO
San Fran.: Lower voting age to 16 for city elections (#G)
Oakland: Lower age to 16 for races for school boardYES
Winnoski, VT: Allows noncitizen votingYES
Drug policy
OR: Decriminalize drugs (#110)YES
Legalize marijuana:
AZ (#207)
MT
NJ
SD (#A)

all YES
Legalize medical marijuana:
MS
SD (#26)
all YES
OR: Legalize psilocybin (#109)YES
DC: Deprioritize psilocybinYES
Criminal justice
CA: Rolls back sentencing reform (#20)NO
CA: On the 2018 bail reform (#25)NO
NV: Make pardon process a bit easierYES
OK: Sentencing reform (#805)NO
KY: Marsy’s law (context)YES
KY: longer DA termsNO
Policing
Portland, ME: Ban facial recognitionYES
Set up civilian oversight boards with subpoena power:
Philly
San Diego
Portland, OR
Columbus
San Fran. (#D)
All YES
Pittsburgh: Stronger civilian oversight boardYES
St. Louis, MO: Would allow police officers to not live in the cityNO
San Francisco: End mandate for minimal size of police force (#E)YES
Los Angeles: Boost funding for housing, health, jobs, not L.E. (#J)YES
King County, WA: May shrink sheriff powers (and make sheriff appointed)YES
Ballotpedia round-up of local policing measures covers more.
Labor
FL: $15 minimum wage (#2)YES
Portland, ME: $15 minimum wage (#A)YES
CA: Huge stakes for labor. Ends mandate gig economy workers be employees, bar their unionization (Prop 22)YES
CO: Paid medical & family leave (#118)YES
AZ: Min. wage for hospital workersOff ballot
Housing
CA: Expand rent control (#21)NO
Burbank, CA: Rent control measureNO
Culver City, CA: Would undo tenant protectionsNO
Sacramento, CA: Rent control measureNO
Boulder, CO: “No eviction without representationYES
Portland, ME: New green rules for buildings (#C), new tenant protections (#D), and Airbnb restritions (#E). Previews here & here.
SF, CA: Bond: Enables est. 10K units of affordable housing (#K)YES
San Diego, CA: Bond: Enable est. 7.5K units of affordable housing (#A)NO (57%, needed 67.7%)
Baltimore, MD:
Bond: Affordable housing program (#A)
YES
Raleigh, NC:
Bond: Housing development, esp. around transit
YES
Election rules
Initiatives to make ballot initiatives harder:
AR (#3)
FL (#4)
ND (#4001)
NO
NO
NO
CO: Stay in popular vote compact (#113)YES
Ranked-choice voting:
MA (#2)
AK (#2: Top 4 + RCV)
Albany, CA
Eureka, CA
Bloomington MN
Boulder, CO
NO in Mass.

YES others
MO: Overturn voter-approved
redistricting reform
, could exclude some residents from count (#3)
YES
VA: Reform redistricting process (#1). Here’s how.YES
Create Top 2/Top 4 systems:
—FL
: “Top 2″(#3)
AK: “Top 4” (and ranked choice)
NO
YES
St. Louis, MO: Mix of approval voting & runoffYES
Inscribe in state constitutions that only U.S. citizens can vote:
AL
CO
FL
All YES
MS: End “electoral college”-like system in statewide racesYES
Governance rules
MO: New limits of two terms for statewide officials (already exist for Gov)NO
MD: Transfer budgetary authority from Gov to legislatureYES
Baltimore, MD:
—Measures to strengthen council (over mayor): (#F-#H)
—Measures to create unelected city manager position (#K)
Sacramento, CA: Strengthens mayor power over council & city manager (#A)
San Francisco, CA Allows noncitizens on local advisory boards (#C)Yes
Reproductive rights
CO: 22-week abortion banNO
LA: Anti-abortion measure (#1)YES
Taxes, Budgets
See transit, housing, education sections for other tax-related measures.
CA: Changes to property tax structure; curbs longtime revenue-constraints (Prop 15)
CO: lowers income taxYES
IL: Enables a progressive income taxNO
LA: Enables property tax exemptions for some companies (#5)NO
NM: Various bond initiatives
Baltimore, MD:
—Various bond measures (for infrastracture, school buildings, etc.)
San Francisco:
—$489 mill. bond measure (parks, health, homelessness)
—Hike property tax on “big sales” 
YES
YES
Nashville, TN: Koch-funded initiative to roll back property tax hike. May be on Dec. 15 ballot.
See below for other tax measures specific for transportation, education, energy.
Transportation
Arkansas: Sales tax to fund transport.YES
Austin, TX: A tax plan for new light rail lines, BRT, and moreYES
Gwinnett Co, GA: Sales tax to fund transit expansion
Portland, OR: Tax plan to expand public transitNO
SF, Santa Clara, San Mateo: Hike sales tax for Caltrain (#RR)YES
Find out more about transit elections on the Transport Politic!

Education

AZ: Tax hike to fund education (#208)YES
CA: Lifts ban on affirmative action in universities (and gov. contracts) (#16)NO
WA: Approve or blocks law requiring sex ed (#90)App
Multnomah Co., OR: Preschool for allYES

Energy & environmental

AK: Increases taxes on oil companies (#1)
CO: Reintroduce wolvesYES
Denver, CO: Increases sales tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (#2A)YES
NV: Increases renewable energy standard to 50% by 2030 (#6)YES
Check out this Gizmodo primer on initiatives that matte on these issues.

Other topics

CA: Consumer privacy measure (#24)
Removes slavery as punishment from state law [past coverage of issue]:
NE
UT
both YES
MT: Makes local gun control harder
MS: Approves new state flagYES
NV: Repeal state ban on same-sex marriageYES
Puerto Rico: Vote on statehoodYES
RI: Remove word “plantation” from state nameYES
WY: Lifts constitutional “debt ceiling” on sewer projects.NO

STATE GOV.

Legislatures

Dem-held chambers
CO | SenateD
MN | HouseD
NH | HouseR
NH | SenateR
NY | SenateD
WA | SenateD
AK | House (sort of)
GOP-HELD CHAMBERS
AZ | House*R
AZ | Senate*R
FL | SenateR
GA | SenateR
GA | HouseR
IA | HouseR
MI | House*R
MN | Senate*R
NC | SenateR
NC | HouseR
PA | HouseR
PA | SenateR
TX | House*R
Can GOP gain supermajority?
WI | HouseNO
WI | SenateNO
NE | Senate
Can Dems gain supermajority?
NV | Senate
NY | Senate
Can Dems break GOP supermajority?
KS | HouseNO
KS | SenateNO
Listed if competitive. Read Lou Jacobson’s ratings. | * means most competitive.

Trifecta Watch: Will a party run a state? Every state listed

Now under Dem control: 15
CaliforniaDEM
ColoradoDEM
ConnecticutDEM
DelawareDEM
IllinoisDEM
HawaiiDEM
MaineDEM
New JerseyDEM
New MexicoDEM
NevadaDEM
New YorkDEM
OregonDEM
Rhode IslandDEM
VirginiaDEM
WashingtonDEM
Now under GOP control: 21
AlabamaGOP
ArkansasGOP
ArizonaGOP
FloridaGOP
GeorgiaGOP
IdahoGOP
IndianaGOP
IowaGOP
MississippiGOP
MissouriGOP
NebraskaGOP
North DakotaGOP
OklahomaGOP
OhioGOP
South CarolinaGOP
South DakotaGOP
TennesseeGOP
TexasGOP
UtahGOP
West VirginiaGOP
WyomingGOP
Currently split: 13)
Alaska
Kansas*Split*
Kentucky*Split*
LouisianaSplit
Maryland*Split
Massach.*Split*
MichiganSplit
Minnesota
MontanaGOP
North CarolinaSplit
New HampshireGOP
PennsylvaniaSplit
Vermont*Split
WisconsinSplit
* (Starred) if, in split situation, non-Gov. party has a leg. super-majority.

Bolded if worth watching most closely.

Noteworthy legislative races

NATIONAL: Use Daily Kos Elections’ sheet for the key races in the hottest districts in 12 key chambers, with info on each.
AZ | H & S
Dems aiming for majorities (need +3 in Sen, +2 in House). AZ Central flags key targets. In Senate, LD6, LD28, LD17. In House, LD6, LD20, LD21 LD23. GOP targeting LD4, LD17, LD18.
CA | Senate
—AD53 (LA), AD58 (LA) AD64 (LA) & SD11 (SF): Dem lawmakers face challenges from their left.
—AD59 (LA): Dem lawmaker faces police-funded Dem challenger from his right
CO | H& S
CO Newsline flags SD25 & SD8 as main Dem targets, & HD47 as a GOP target.
CT | H & S
—GOP-held HD17/132
—Dem-held HD48. Dem-held SD26, with Sen. Haskell (D), who’s filed CJR bills.
DE | H & S
Can Dems grow majority facilitate change? Watch:
—Dem-held SD14
—GOP-held SD5, SD7, HD21.
FL | Senate
Dems need +3 to tie, which will be hard.
—Dems’ main targets: SD9 & SD39.
—Dems’ main defense: SD37.
—Also watch GOP-held SD20
IA | House
Dems need 4 to break GOP trifecta. Laura Belin flags: HD-16, 37, 55, 67, 73, 82, 91, 95
IN | House
HD37: Speaker Todd Huston (R) challenged amid education wars
MA | Senate
After scandal, GOP Sen. Tran vs. Dem Cronin.
D
MI | House
Dems need to +4. MIRS News lists main Dem targets as: HD38, 39, 43, 45, 61, 72, 91, 104. GOP targets: 19, 25.
MN | Senate
Dems need +2 to gain trifecta.
6 main Dem targets: SD14, 25, 26, 34, 44, 56
—Also watch GOP-held SD5, 11, 20, 38 & 39.
—Dems defend Trump-won SD4, 27, 37, 54, 58
—DKE also flags Dem-held SD36, 48, 51, 53, 57.
NC | H & S
—House: Dems need to +6. Targets per this analysis are H9, 45, 63, 59, 82, 74, 20, & 83. Also watch Dem-held H43, 47, & 66.
Senate: Dems need +4 to tie (+5 to flip). Main targets: SD1, 7, 11, 18, 24, 31, 39 (& keep S8, 19, 27).
NH | Senate
—GOP-held SD1
NM | Senate
Progressives beat 5 cons. incumbents in Dem primary. Watch generals in SD30, 28, 35
1D, 2R
NV | Senate
Dems aim for supermajority, with implications for taxes. They’d need to flip one (SD15 or SD18) if they defend their seats (esp. SD 5 or SD6).
NY | Senate
DEM-HELD: Police unions endorsed GOP challengers to Dem Sens in SD3, 5, 6, 40, 42. Also GOP candidates in open SD1. (Comes after police push vs pretrial reform.) Also watch Dem-held SD22.
GOP-held: Dems need +2 for supermaj., target SD1, 4, 41, 46, 50, 51, 55, 56, 60, 61.
PA | H & S
—Dems need a net +9 to flip House. As assessed by DKE and WHYY, main Dem targets are HD18, 28, 29, 30, 44, 105, 106, 144, 151. 152, 160, 168, 176, 178. Main GOP targets: HD9, 25, 33, 50, 53, 55, 72, 113, 114, 118, 119, 123, 143.
—Dems need +4 for Senate. Key Dem targets: SD9, 13, 15, 49, Key GOP targets: SD37, SD45.
RI | Legislature
—Progressives target R-held SD34 + HD39.
Conserv. Dem Speaker in danger in HD15.
TN | House
Rep. Deberry (I, was D) backed law criminalizing protests. Faces Torrey Harris (D).
TX | House
—Dems need +9. Baker Institute ranks as top Dem targets: HD 26, 28, 54, 64, 66, 67, 92, 93, 94, 96, 97, 108, 112, 121, 126, 134, 138. GOP targets: HD45, 47, 52, 65, 102, 113, 114, 132, 135.
—Watch HD28 ft. TGOP Rep. Gates, who’s evicting dozens during pandemic
WA | Legislature
—Dems could expand majority by flipping SD38.
—HD23, ft. Tarra Simmons (D), a formerly incarcerated advocate.
—HD6, where a GOP lawmaker threatened a journalist.
— HD43: Challenge from the left (from S. Lascelles) for former Speaker F. Chop
WI | Legislature GOP hopes to flip 3 seats in each chamber for veto-proof majority. Preview in Wisconsin State-Journal flags: SD10, SD30, SD32, AD14, AD73, AD74, AD94.

LOCAL & JUDICIAL

Prosecutors

CA | Los Angeles

In nation’s biggest county, a clash on many issues tied to DA powers (sentencing, death penalty, prison pop., leg. lobbying). DA Lacey vs Gascon. Preview.
Gascón 
AZ | Maricopa

In a huge county with punitive policies, a Dem gain could advance decarceration, & change statewide politics.
Adel (R)
CO | District 1 (incl. Jefferson Co.)

Open, Dems could flip. Big contrasts on drug policy with a reform-minded Dem. (Preview)
King (D)
Colorado | District 8 (incl. Larimer)

Debate on whether to build a new jail is spilling into the DA race. (Preview.)
Dem
CO | District 18 (incl. Arapahoe, Douglas)

Punitive GOP incumbent term-limited. His deputy (R) facing a Dem who’s emphasized reforms. (Preview.)
?
FL | Orange, Osceola (Orlando)

Progressive Monique Worrell favored in the general after winning high-stakes primary.
Worrell (D)
FL | Hillsborough (Tampa)

Dem incumbent aligned with reform prosecutors vs. a GOPer criticizing him for it.
Warren (D)
GA | Athens

A race that almost didn’t happen, with a reform challenger (Gonzalez) facing an ind. (Chafin) and an acting DA more skeptical of reform.
Runoff
HI | Honolulu

In this runoff: Alm (some reform language) vs. Kau . (Most progressive candidate lost in primary.) Context.
Alm
IL | Cook

Kim Foxx won tough primary, now faces GOP challenger.
Foxx (D)
IL | DeKalb

Dem challenger to GOP incumbent running on reform, stresses she has been inspired by BLM protests.
GOP
IL | Lake

Dem campaigns on some reform vs GOP incumbent.
LA | New Orleans

A harsh DA is retiring, and activists are pressing for change & getting candidates to vow to advance reforms (to varying extents.
Runoff
KS | Johnson Co.

In state’s biggest county, Dem public defender, against GOP DA.
Howe (R)
KS | Shawnee Co. (Topeka)

Dem challenger says he’s running to reduce incarceration. Brief preview.
Kagay (R)
MI | Oakland Co.

A Dem challenger ousted a punitive DA in primary, now faces Republican critical of reform. Brief preview.
McDonald (D)
NH | Hillsborough, Merrimack

2 first-term Dems got major pushback for some reform, face GOP challengers.
GOP
NY| Westchester

Mimi Rocah ousted the Dem incumbent in primary amid police scandal; GOP opponent just dropped out.
Rocah (D)
OH | Hamilton Co. (Cincinnati)

Cincinnati’s punitive GOP prosecutor (Deters) faces Dem (Rucker). Preview on death penalty contrast.
Deters (R)
SC | Berkeley & Charleston counties

Under-radar bid by a progressive challenger, against backdrop of major racial inequalities.
Wilson (R)
TX | Travis Co. (Austin)

A progressive won the Dem nomination, with one of cycle’s boldest platforms. Now favored in the fall.
Garza (D)
TX | Nueces Co. (Corpus Christi)

Dem DA won on reform in 2016, now faces a GOP challenger proposing to be harsher. Brief preview.
Gonzalez (D)
WI | Shawano

A contested DA race, with a focus on system’s unfairness (see this preview), in a state with staggeringly few contested elections.
Parker
Elections already settled earlier this year in Portland, OR, in Ann Arbor, MI, in Tucscon, AZ, in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, likely in St. Louis, MO, and in Houston.

Note: for DAs & sheriff more than most offices, given the history of mass incarceration, I don’t use the prospect of partisan flip as reason enough for worthwhileness, and have worked to draw out those with bolder policy contrasts. See more here.

Also see: List of candidates running for DA.

Supreme Courts

Arizona

3 justices are up for retention, 2 years after Republicans packed the state Court.
Retained
Illinois

GOP efforts to not retain a Dem Justice in the 3rd district. (Sets up a 2022 election.)
Not retained
Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky District. A Dem (Harris) vs an arch-conservative (Conley). Incumbent already ousted
R
Michigan

Two seat: To gain control, Dems need to flip one, and defend another (i.e. go 2/2).
D/D

DEM FLIP
Minnesota

P. Thissen (Dem-appointed inc) vs M. MacDonald (conservative with eventuful past bid)
D
Mississippi

GOP-backed incumbent (K. Griffis) faces Dem-backed challenger (L Westbrooks), who’d be the first Black woman to be a MS Justice.
R
Nevada

Open race. Former prosecutor (Herndon) vs. former Dem lawmaker (Fumo)
Herndon
North Carolina

THREE elections with big stakes for civil rights. 2 Dem-held; 1 GOP-held. Dems now up 6-1.
?
Ohio

Dems will flip court if they beat both GOP incumbents (as they did in 2018!)
D/R
Texas

On 2 highest courts, 7 GOP incumbents face Dem challengers.
GOP sweep
Washington

Two new Inslee appointees face opponents. Some context.
Retained
See DKE’s nationwide analysis on gerrymandering stakes.

Sheriffs

AZ | Maricopa

Joe Arpaio’s former GOP deputy challenges the Dem sheriff (D). Preview.
Dem
AZ | Pima

A former Dem sheriff vs his GOP successor.
Dem
FL | Pinellas

GOP sheriff helped ICE, wanted to arm teachers, & more. Faces progressive challenger who wants to end that, & reduce arrests. Preview.
GOP
FL | Brevard

A tough on crime GOP sheriff faces a Dem public defender; it is a red county, though. Preview.
GOP
GA | Athens

Progressive challenger ousted the incumbent Dem, in part on ICE. Dem-leaning jurisdiction.
Dem
GA | Cobb

GOP sheriff faces a Dem challenger. On the line: membership in ICE’s prized 287(g) program. Preview.
Dem
GA | Gwinnett

Open race in a hotspot for cooperation with ICE. Dem nominee has pledged to quit ICE’s 287(g) program. Preview.
Dem
MA | Norfolk

GOP Sheriff vs. Dem challenger. Some contrasts on ICE, policing. Preview.
Dem
MI | Oakland County

Prominent ICE-friendly GOP sheriff up in populous suburban county. Also contrasts on drug policy. Brief preview.
GOP
OH | Hamilton Co. (Cincinnati)

Dem nominee ousted the Dem sheriff in primary, ran on curbing detention & ICE ties. Now ICE, scope of policing, an issue in general election.
Dem
SC | Charleston

Longtime GOP sheriff faces Dem; ICE ties, jail, at stake. Preview
Dem
TX | Harris Co. (Houston)

Dem incumbent, who’s pushed some reforms, faces GOP challenger. Brief preview.
Dem
TX | Fort Bend

A Trumpian sheriff is running for Congress, and his twin brother wants to replace him. Preview.
Dem
TX | Tarrant (Fort Worth)

A big one. A GOP sheriff faces Dem tide. At stake: Poor jail conditions, and ICE contracts.
GOP

Other county & municipal officials: Mayors, county executives, city councilors, commissioners, high bailiffs…

AZ | Maricopa

Can Dems flip the board in the 4th biggest county in the nation? Preview of races.
AZ | Maricopa

Dems campaign against retention of a judge (Coury) who tossed a ballot initiative to increase ed funding.
Retained
AZ | Phoenix

Mayor Kate Gallego (D) running for re-election, but mayoral power has really weakened. Also council races.
Gallego
CA | Los Angeles City

—Incumbent David Ryu vs. progressive chaIlenger Nithya Raman. Preview.
—M. Ridley-Thomas faces challenger G. Yoo who opposed homelessness assistance.
Raman

Ridley-Thomas
CA | Los Angeles County

Herb Wesson vs Holly Mitchell for the board, stakes for law enforcement
Mitchell
CA | San Jose

Incumbent city council Dev Davis (formerly GOP) faces Green challenger Tonkel
?
CA | Sacramento

Progressives are trying to strengthen a ‘Sacramento Squad’ by getting Mai Vang elected to city council
CA | Oakland

Community/housing advocate Carroll Fife is running for city council.
Fife
CA | San Diego Co.

BOARD: Dems can flip board by flipping the 3rd District. (Stakes, e.g. for planning.) Nation’s 5th biggest county.
DEM
CA | San Diego

MAYOR: An all-Dem runoff (Todd Gloria vs. more moderate Barbara Bry). Stakes for transit.
Todd Gloria
CA | Irvine

Mayor Christina Shea (R) vs Farrah Khan (D)
Dem
CA | San Francisco’s BART board & AC transit board

Policing and equity at heart of these elections.
CO | Arapahoe County

Could board in this populous county flip to Dems?
DEM
CO | Douglas County

COVID-19 & health regulations major issues as Dems hope to break unanimous GOP board, esp. District 3.
FL | Miami-Dade Co.

MAYOR: Steve Bovo (R) vs. Daniella Levine Cava (D). Context. One major issue: ICE. Also, transit/spending.
Cava (D)
Georgia

District 1 (southern GA) & District 4 (northern GA) have elections for Public Serice Commission where climate & utility shutdowns are on the line.
GOP (D1), Runoff (D4)
ID | Ada County

Dems flipped this (2-1) in 2018. Now defending D2 (Lachiondo) & targeting D3.
IL | Cook County (Chicago)

Head judge in Chicago’s juvenile justice division, Michael Toomin, has worked for judges to be able to jail children under 13 years old. Local advocates are working against his retention.

Injustice Watch has put together a very detailed look at all local judges.
Toomin retained
HI | Honolulu

R. Blangiardi (running more as a moderate, endorsed by police union) vs K. Amemiya.
Blangiardi
LA | New Orleans

A group of 7 public defenders is trying to win local judgeships on a reform agenda. Preview.
Two won
Louisiana

Two districts are voting for their officials on the public service comission, which runs utilities. See here.
MD | Baltimore

City council: Green Party’s Franca Muller Paz is challenging Dem incumbent Robert Stokes.
Stokes
MD | Prince George’s

Police presence in schools at issue in school board races. Preview.
Sweep by candidates who want to remove police
MN | Hennepin Co.

4 seats are up on the county board, incl. some D/R contests & LE debates.
NC | Wake County (Raleigh) ed board

A slate of 5 conservatives opposed to diversity efforts aim to take over the school board.
Far right fails
NY | Erie Co. (Buffalo)

The GOP is hoping to gain back a foothold.
OK | Oklahoma Co.

County commission could flip to Dems if Spencer Hicks were to unseat Brian Maughan.
OR | Portland

Mayor Ted Wheeler, faces a challenger (Sarah Iannarone) from the left.
Wheeler
UT | Salt Lake County

GOP challenger vs. Dem incumbent mayor, preview.
Dem
VA | Richmond

Mayor Levar Stoney faces re-election.
Stoney
VT | High bailiffs

Numerous candidates are running to promote criminal justice reform via this obscure high bailiff’s office.
Both won
Washington, D.C.

Attention to an at-large city council seat, amid efforts to push council left. Many progs. coalesced around E. Lazare. See guides in WaPo & DCist.
Washington, D.C.

A candidate with ties to far-right groups seeks to become an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) in a Black neighborhood, WaPo reports.
He lost
WA | Pierce Co.

Dems may flip county executive position.
GOP