DemDaily: Tuesday’s Election Results!

April 8, 2021

Among the 2021 "off-year" elections are the over 500 Mayoral contests in cities with a population of 30,000 or more, and hundreds more in small towns across America.

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On Tuesday, April 6th, mayoral elections were held in Alaska, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin, where a number of women broke the glass ceiling as their city's first female mayor.

Alaska

Anchorage: With less than 5% of the vote counted election night, Forrest Dunbar (D) led with 36% of the votes, followed by former Air Force pilot Dave Bronson (R) with 30%. In the officially nonpartisan race, the two led 13 other candidates.

If no one candidate receives at least 45% of the vote, the top two vote-getters will compete in a runoff election held on May 11th. Other candidates included Bill Falsey with 12%, Bill Evans 10%, Mike Robbins 7% and George Martinez with 3%.

Illinois

Dolton: Tiffany Henyard (D) became Dolton's first female mayor, beating Ronnie Burge 82% to 18%.

Flossmoor: Michelle Nelson (D) became south suburban Cook County's first female mayor, defeating Lakshmi Emory 57.94% to 42.06%

Moline: School Board President Sangeetha Rayapati handily unseated incumbent Stephanie Acri, 61% to 39%, to become Moline's second female mayor.

North Chicago:  Mayor Leon Rockingham was reelected to a fifth term with 83.18% of the vote over Charles January's 16.82%.

Sesser: Mayor Jason Ashmore won reelection with 61.5% over Joshua Qualls with 38.5 %.

Waukegan: Ann Taylor declared victory with 56% over incumbent Sam Cunningham with 44% to become Waukegan's first female mayor.

Willow Springs: Melissa Neddermeyer, who ran unopposed, became the first female mayor in the town's 129-year history.

Mississippi
Jackson: Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba sailed to victory in the citywide primary elections, easily securing nearly 70% of the total vote. Lumumba, who is seeking a second term, beat out fellow Democratic candidates Patty Patterson (18%) and Ken Wilson (12%).
Lumumba will face Republican Jason Wells in the June 8th general election, along with three Independent candidates - Shafeqah "BigMama" Lodree, Charlotte Reeves and Les Tannehill.

Missouri
St. Louis: City Treasurer Tishuara Jones beat Alderwoman Cara Spencer 52% to 48% on Tuesday to make history as the first black woman to be elected mayor.

Mayor-elect Tishaura Jones (Michael Thomas/StLouisPublic Radio)

Nebraska
Omaha: In Tuesday's open primary, where votes are still being counted, two-term incumbent Republican Jean Stothert dominated the initial count with 60% over six challengers. If the proportionate percentages do not significantly change, Democrat RJ Neary, who received 15%, is likely to face Stothert in the May 11th general election. Candidate Jasmine Harris came in at 13%, followed by Kimara Snipes with 8%, Mark Gudgel with 5%.

Wisconsin
Glendale: Incumbent Mayor Bryan Kennedy was easily elected to a third term as Mayor with 98% of the vote.

LaCrosse: Mitch Reynolds narrowly defeated Vicki Markussen in LaCrosses' open mayoral election, 51% to 49%.

Manitowoc: Justin Nickels, who was first elected in 2009 as the city's youngest mayor at age 22, was reelected as mayor, beating Chris Able 69% to 31%. Nichols will serve as the President of the Wisconsin League on Municipalities in 2022.

Sheboygan: Progressive Ryan Sorensen unseated two-term incumbent Mike Vandersteen 58.7% to 41.3%, to become the city's youngest mayor at age 27.

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Sources: Ballotpedia, DMO, Local Newspapers

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