Your Guide to the 2021 Gubernatorial and Mayoral Elections

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Saturday, May 29, 2021


You may not realize 2021 is an election year, but several states and municipalities will be holding their gubernatorial and mayoral elections this fall. Here’s a basic rundown of the important elections to look out for, as they could have a lot to say about next year’s midterms. 

Gubernatorial Elections 

Virginia’s laws do not permit a sitting governor to serve consecutive terms, so Democrat Ralph Northam will be replaced and will have to wait until 2025 if he wishes to serve another term. The Democratic nominee will likely be Terry McAuliffe who will face off against Republican Glenn Youngkin in November. Youngkin is unlikely to win, given Virginia’s Democratic leanings, but the final margin will help indicate how the state will perform in future elections. 

New Jersey governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, is up for reelection this year. The Republican primary to choose his opponent will be held on June 8th. However, since the state went heavily in Biden’s favor during last year’s presidential election, it’s unlikely Murphy will lose reelection. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s job is under threat after a petition to recall him achieved the necessary number of signatures to trigger an election. Newsom finds himself in this situation after a disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic is surrounded by other problems such as high housing prices and rising homelessness, which have made the state increasingly unattractive for residents. The lieutenant governor oversees scheduling the election, which will likely be in November of this year. The first question it will pose is whether Newsom should be recalled, followed by a question of who should replace him. Despite the high name recognition, Caitlyn Jenner is actually in last place among the Republican candidates in the polls. The polling data favors Newsom, who, after all, is still a Democratic governor in a deep blue state. Whether that data will translate into him escaping the recall remains to be seen given how high Republican enthusiasm is for this recall election. 

Mayoral Elections 

New York will be choosing its next mayor in early November. Three Republicans and sixteen Democrats are running in the primaries, which will be held on June 22nd. The city’s new ranked-choice voting system makes polling less dependable, but the focus during the primaries has been primarily on Eric Adams and Andrew Yang. Both are vying for the Democratic nomination and whoever clinches it will likely win the general election. 

Boston incumbent mayor Marty Walsh was eligible to seek a third term, but he resigned after being confirmed as Joe Biden’s Secretary of Labor. There was initially some speculation over whether a special election would be necessary, but it was ultimately ruled out. The primaries are still a few months away, and there is little indicative data as to who is favored to win a nomination on either side.

Nathan Neuman is a high school senior, an avid reader, and a semi-professional violinist currently living in Natal, Brazil. He is passionate about his Christian faith and Conservatism and hopes to spread those values through a career in music or political journalism. When not busy with academics or practicing the violin, he enjoys serving at church, watching Flamengo soccer games, as well as listening to Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Nathan Neuman

Nathan Neuman is a high school senior, an avid reader, and a semi-professional violinist currently living in Natal, Brazil. He is passionate about his Christian faith and Conservatism and hopes to spread those values through a career in music or political journalism. When not busy with academics or practicing the violin, he enjoys serving at church, watching Flamengo soccer games, as well as listening to Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto.

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