DemDaily: Texas Election Results and the 2021 Calendar

May 3, 2021

Decision 2021


In Saturday's Special Election for Texas' Sixth Congressional District, Republicans Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey advanced to a July 27th runoff election for the seat held by Congressman Ronald Wright (R), who passed away in February after contracting the coronavirus.

Susan, who is Wright's widow, and who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, came in first with 19.1%, followed by State Representative and 2018 candidate Jack Ellzey with 13.85%.

Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez came in third in the 23-candidate May 1st Special Election with 13.39%, a mere 354 vote difference.

Sanchez conceded the race on Sunday, thanking volunteers, staff and supporters, saying, "Democrats have come a long way toward competing in Texas but we still have a long way to go."

Deborah People with mic in her hand

Tarrant County Democratic Party Chair Deborah Peoples (D) leads going into runoff (Cristian ArguetaSoto)

A number of mayoral elections also took place in the Lone Star State on Saturday where candidates run as nonpartisan but usually identify with a party.

In Arlington, Texas, Jim Ross (R) captured 47% of the vote and Michael Glaspie (D), with 21%, will advance to the June 5th run-off.

In the Fort Worth mayoral, Deborah Peoples (D), with 33%, and Mattie Parker (R), with 31%, will go to a runoff the same day.

In San Antonio, Mayor Ron Nirenberg (D) was elected to a third term as mayor with 62% of the vote.

There are two gubernatorial races, in New Jersey and Virginia, up in 2021, as well as at least four more special elections for US congressional seats and hundreds of mayoral, initiative, municipal and local elections up in 40 states.

Three Virginia GOP candidates for governor

VA GOP Gubernatorial Contenders Amanda Chase, Kirk Cox and Pete Snyder. Nominee will be chosen at May 8th Convention (PilotOnline)

2021 Election Calendar
May 4: Cincinnati, Ohio Mayoral Primary
May 8: Virginia Republican State Convention
May 11: Anchorage, Alaska Mayoral Runoff
May 11: Omaha, Nebraska Mayoral Runoff
May 18: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mayoral Primary

June 1: New Mexico's First Congressional District Special Election for the seat vacated by Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D) to become Interior Secretary.

June 8: New Jersey Primary Election for Governor, Lt. Governor, State Senate, State House, Municipal
June 8: Virginia Primary Election: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State House, Municipal

June 22: New York, New York Mayoral Primary
June 22: Buffalo, New York Mayoral Primary

August 3: Ohio's 11th Congressional District Special Election for the seat vacated by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D) to become Housing & Urban Development Secretary
August 3: Ohio's 15th Congressional District Special Election to replace retiring Congressman Steve Stivers (R), leaving to become CEO of Ohio's Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Yang and Eric Adams

Andrew Yang and Eric Adams are frontrunners in NYC June 22nd Mayoral (Gabriela Bhaskar/NYT)

August 3: Detroit, Michigan Mayoral Primary
August 3: Seattle, Washington Mayoral Primary

August 24: St. Petersburg, Florida Mayoral Primary
August 24: Birmingham, Alabama Mayoral General

September 14: Charlotte, North Carolina Mayoral Primary
September 14: Cleveland, Ohio Mayoral Primary
September 21: Boston, Massachusetts Mayoral Primary

October 5: Greensboro, North Carolina Mayoral Primary
October 5: Raleigh, North Carolina Mayoral General
October 9: New Orleans, Louisiana Mayoral Primary

November 2, 2021: Election Day!

Alcee Hastings

A Date has not been set for Florida 20th CD Special Election to replace the late Alcee Hastings, who died April 6th (Bill Clark/CQ)

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