Democrats, Women and LGBT Win Big in 2015 Mayoral Races

by Alan Greenblatt | November 4, 2015

Most mayors who were on the ballot Tuesday easily won re-election, but incumbents were ousted in Salt Lake City and Portland, Maine.

In Philadelphia, Democrat Jim Kenney was elected mayor, as expected. Meanwhile, the mayors of San Francisco; Orlando, Fla.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Spokane, Wash.; Toledo, Ohio; and Boise, Idaho; all won new terms.

In Bridgeport, Conn., Joseph Ganim staged a comeback despite having served seven years in prison following a corruption conviction. Before serving time, Ganim was the mayor from 1991 to 2003.

Luke Bronin, who had unseated Hartford, Conn., Mayor Pedro Segara in that city's Democratic victory, won victory outright on Tuesday. "Bronin, with the full support of the governor and over $1 million, ran a very competent campaign for the primary to defeat the incumbent, and as a result won the general with no real opposition," said Matt Hennessy, a Democratic consultant based in Hartford.