At the Ballot Box: Highlights of the 2012 Election Results from Cities and Towns

November 13, 2012

By Ally Freeman

With all eyes on the top of the ticket, it remained an interesting and busy election cycle for many cities, towns and municipal officials across the United States.

"It's exciting to see current and former mayoral colleagues around the country being elected to state and federal offices," said NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor of Bluffton, IN. "We wish them the best in their new positions and welcome all the new mayors and city council members elected to office last week across the country."

STATE AND FEDERAL ELECTIONS

Throughout the country, several current and former city leaders were elected to state and federal offices.

In North Carolina, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory won the state's gubernatorial race, becoming the first Republican Governor in more than two decades. McCrory served as Charlotte's Mayor from 1995 to 2009. He began his political career as a member of the Charlotte City Council.

Lois Frankel, the former mayor of West Palm Beach, FL was elected to Florida's 22nd Congressional District. Frankel served two terms as West Palm Beach mayor from 2003-2011.

Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas, won the House of Representatives race for the newly redrawn 29th Congressional District in California. In nearby San Diego, former City Councilman and current California state senator Juan Vargas was elected to the House of Representatives in the state's 51st Congressional District Race. Vargas will fill the seat vacated by Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) who won his election to become San Diego's 35th mayor.

Scott Peters, currently San Diego's Port Commissioner, is leading in the race for California's 52nd congressional district. Peters was a two-term San Diego City Councilman. At press time the race was still too close to be called.

MAYORAL RACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Cities around the countryincluding prominent races in San Diego and Portland, ORalso welcomed new and returning Mayors to office.

In San Diegothe country's eighth largest cityvoters elected Rep. Bob Filner as the city's new Mayor. Filner is a 10-term Congressman who is currently ranking member of the House of Representative's Veterans' Affairs Committee. Before entering Congress, Filner served as a city councilman and deputy mayor for the City of San Diego.

Charlie Hales won the race to be Portland's new mayor. Hales is a former three-term Portland city councilman. In Virginia BeachVirginia's largest city Mayor Will Sessoms was re-elected to a second term. Also in Virginia, Mayor William D. "Bill" Euilie was re-elected as mayor of Alexandria. Euilie is a former Alexandria city council member.

Hawaii elected a new mayor in the state's largest city, Honolulu. Kirk Caldwell will become Honolulu's newest mayor.

In Glendale, AZ State Rep. Jerry Weiers won the mayor's race. He'll replace long-time Mayor Elaine Scruggs, who retires after 20 years. Glendale's is Arizona's fifth largest city. Stockton, CA elected Anthony Silva as the city's new mayor. Silva is currently President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stockton.

Wilmington, DE will welcome Dennis Williams as its new mayor, replacing Mayor James M. Baker, who was term-limited.

Several NLC member cities re-elected incumbent mayors. Ann Arbor, MI re-elected Mayor John Hieftje for another two-year term and Mayor Tom Bates, was re-elected in Berkeley, CA. Also, in Fayetteville, AR Mayor Lioneld Jordan was elected to another four-year term.

Mayors running unopposed for office included Mayor Anna Peterson in Salem, OR. Peterson will enter her second term in office. In Mesa, AZ Mayor Scott Smith also ran unopposed and will enter a second term.

NLC BOARD MEMBERS  RE-ELECTED TO OFFICE

Several NLC Board Members were up for re-election this cycle.

NLC First Vice President Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers was re-elected this year after running unopposed for her seat. She will enter her second full term as mayor of Avondale, AZ in January.

In High Point, NC NLC Board Member and City Councilwoman Bernita Sims won election to become the City's next mayor.

Several other mayors serving as NLC Board Members won re-election to their seats: Melvin Kip Holden was re-elected in Baton Rouge, LA; Mayor Dwight Jones was re-elected in Richmond, VA; Mayor Joy Cooper was re-elected  in Hallandale Beach, FL; Mayor Bob Newell won his third term as mayor in Pakersburg, WV.

Further, Mayor Mike Kasperzak won reelection to his City Council Seat in Mountain View, California. Kasperzak is Vice Chair of NLC's Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Policy Committee.

Were there election results in your city or town we missed that you would like to see highlighted here? Please send additional 2012 Election News to Ally Freeman at freeman@nlc.org