As Election Season Heats Up, Mayors Run Unchallenged in Many Cities

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It’s an election year in many U.S. cities as candidates run in mayoral elections around the country—from New York to Atlanta, and Miami to Seattle.

In New York City, Democrats are rallying around Bill de Blasio after Bill Thompson, the second-place finisher in his party's primary, announced he was withdrawing from the race.

De Blasio will face Republican nominee Joe Lhota, but the former leads among likely voters by 43 percentage points.

Elsewhere in the country, including in Atlanta and Miami, incumbents are now running without serious challengers. In a nation that prides itself on the democratic process, are local elections with only one serious candidate a sign of an ailing democracy?

Melissa Sanchez is a reporter for El Nuevo Herald in Miami. Jeanne Bonner is a Georgia Public Broadcasting reporter. They join The Takeaway to discuss the mayoral contests in their respective cities, and what happened to the other candidates.