Depending on where you live, the past several months might have inundated you with campaign ads (Virginia), or left you wondering – what election? Off year elections are like that, with some people hardly even noticing there was an election. While not as dramatic as even year elections, there were a fair amount of changes that should positively impact the arts overall.
In 2013, there were two governors up for election (New Jersey and Virginia) along with the New Jersey legislature and the Virginia House of Delegates and a smattering of special elections to fill vacant legislative seats. Further, and probably most surprisingly, there were 433 cities with a population of over 30,000 that held mayoral elections this year. Of this number, 74 were in cities with a population of over 100,000. Lastly, six states—Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington—voted on a total of 31 statewide ballot measures.
I won’t go into the details of each race, as there are many online sources to get this information, but rather I will focus on each of the winners as they relate to the arts. As I can’t overview every race, I will also focus on newly elected officials, not incumbents who won re-election. But, I will say this, I am very happy to see so many pro-arts winners!