DemDaily: The 2023 Election Calendar!

May 16, 2023

We are well into the elections of 2023 and May is a busy month for mayoral contests, with incumbents so far ruling the day.

In the May 2 elections, Lincoln, Nebraska Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird (D) was re-elected. After the Indiana primaries, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry (D) will face City Councilman Thoams Didier (R) and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett (D) will face former City Councilman Jefferson Shreve (R) in the November 7 general elections. In Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Andrew Ginther (D) will be challenged by community activist Joe Motil (Ind) in his bid for a third term in office.

In the six major May 6 Texas general mayoral elections, incumbents in the Lone Star State's three largest cities easily won reelection, including Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker (R), San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg (I/D), and Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson (D). Incumbent Mayor Garland Mayor Scott LeMay (R) and Irving, Texas Mayor General Rick Stopfer (R) also won reelection, as did Arlington incumbent Jim Ross (non-partisan), who defeated Amy Amy Cearnal (R), 51.8% to 48.2%. The state's premier race will take place November 7 in the Houston mayoral general election.

Among the key races today is the Philadelphia mayoral primary election, where nine Democratic candidates are competing to succeed term-limited Mayor James Kenney (D).

There are three gubernatorial races up in 2023 -- in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi -- as well as legislative, mayoral, municipal, judicial, and/or local elections in nearly 40 states. That includes regular elections in eight legislative chambers in four states in 2023 -- the Louisiana State Legislature, the Mississippi Legislature, the New Jersey Legislature, and the Virginia General Assembly.

Kentucky's gubernatorial primary will also take place May 16, where incumbent Governor Andy Beshear (D) is facing nominal opposition for the Democratic nomination, and Attorney General Daniel Cameron is the lead contender for the GOP nomination.

The 2023 Election Calendar
(*Top 30 largest city and state capital city mayoral elections are listed)

May 16: Kentucky Statewide Primary
May 16: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayoral Primary
May 16: Jacksonville, Florida Mayoral General Runoff
May 16: Colorado Springs, Denver Mayoral General Runoff

June 6: New Jersey Statewide Primary
June 6: Denver, Colorado Mayoral General Runoff

June 20: Virginia Statewide Primary

August 1: Tucson, Arizona Mayoral Primary
August 1: Wichita, Kansas Mayoral Primary
August 1: Olympia, Washington Mayoral Primary
August 1: Spokane, Washington Mayoral Primary

August 3: Nashville, Tennessee Mayoral Primary
August 8: Mississippi Statewide Primary 
August 22: Montgomery, Alabama Mayoral General
August 29: Mississippi Statewide Primary Runoff

Although most mayoral elections are nonpartisan, 62 mayors in the nation's most populous 100 cities are affiliated with the Democratic Party, 26 are affiliated with the Republican Party, three are independents, seven identify as nonpartisan or unaffiliated, and two mayors' affiliations are unknown.

September 5: Rhode Island's First Congressional District Special Election Primary

September 12: Hartford, Connecticut Mayoral Primary
September 12: Charlotte, North Carolina Mayoral Primary

September 14: Nashville, Tennessee Mayoral General

October 3: Montgomery, Alabama Mayoral General Runoff
October 5: Memphis, Tennessee Mayoral General
October 10: Durham, North Carolina Mayoral Primary

October 14Louisiana Statewide Primary

November 7: General Elections nationwide

November 7: Mayoral General Elections in Tucson, Arizona; Aurora, Colorado; Hartford, Connecticut; Orlando, Florida; Boise, Idaho; Indianapolis, Indiana; Wichita, Kansas; Concord, New Hampshire; Durham and Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Houston, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Olympia and Spokane, Washington.

November 7: Rhode Island's First Congressional District Special Election General

November 16: Memphis, Tennessee Mayoral General Runoff
November 18: Louisiana Statewide General Runoff
November 23: Des Moines, Iowa Mayoral General
November 28: Mississippi Statewide General Runoff

December 5: Orlando, Florida Mayoral General Runoff

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