Democrat Melanie Stansbury wins House seat to replace Deb Haaland
Democrat Melanie Stansbury defeated her Republican opponent Mark Moores in the special election to represent New Mexico's 1st congressional district, a House seat vacated when Deb Haaland was confirmed as President Biden's Interior secretary, per AP.Why it matters: Stansbury's victory Tuesday night will grow Democrats' thin majority in the House to nine seats.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.The big picture: Though Biden won the Democratic-leaning by 23news.yahoo.com
Democrat Nikki Fried announces run for Florida governor
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced Tuesday she'll seek the Democratic nomination for governor, calling Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis an authoritarian who's putting his party and political ambition ahead of Floridians. Fried criticized DeSantis for trying to quash the voice of Floridians by signing bills that make it more difficult to vote, crack down on protests and make it harder for citizens to change the constitution. “Ron DeSantis has fully embraced the right-wing agenda and authoritarian style of governing that doesn't fit in the state of Florida,” Fried said in a phone interview.news.yahoo.com
Washtenaw County community leaders issue joint statement on election safety, integrity
ANN ARBOR – Leaders in Washtenaw County issued a joint statement on Friday morning expressing concern over safety as voters drop off their ballots and head to the polls on Tuesday. The contentious environment surrounding the election and its aftermath, as well as feedback from community leaders, has the group worried about what voters might experience this election. The statement was issued by the Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Milan, Northfield, Saline, Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan University and University of Michigan police departments, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Washtenaw County, Michigan State Police and Rep. Debbie Dingell. "To that end, please note the following;• Washtenaw County Clerk, Larry Kestenbaum has consulted with all of the local election officials to ensure voting integrity. • Local law enforcement leaders in consultation with the municipal and township elected/appointed leaders have developed strategies that support post-election community safety.