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Do you know the mayors of these major cities?

  • Do you know the mayors of these major cities?

    With local news making national headlines daily, all eyes turn to whichever mayor leads those cities. While mayors have fewer constituents than governors or, certainly, than the president, acting as the executive for a city is no small feat. Nowhere is that truer than in the 100 most populous cities in the country.

    Different cities across the U.S. have different forms of city government. In a strong mayor government, the city council serves as the primary legislative body while the mayor serves as chief executive (or city manager) to oversee day-to-day operations while implementing the council's policy and legislative initiatives. In a council-managed city government, an elected city council includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body.

    A city commission will have a city council, comprising an elected mayor and a board of elected commissioners, serving as the city's primary legislative and administrative body. Finally, a hybrid form of government will have the mayor acting as the executive while also appointing a city manager.

    Using mayoral data from Ballotpedia and 2018 estimated population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Stacker compiled a list of the 100 biggest cities in America and their mayors. The list is ranked by the cities’ populations as of 2018 and includes the government type as well as when the mayor took office and when their next term ends.

    How well do you know the mayors of the biggest cities in the country?

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  • #100. Spokane, WA: David Condon

    - Population of city in 2018: 219,190
    - Government type: Strong mayor
    - Mayor's party affiliation: Republican
    - Took office in: 2011
    - Term ends: 2019

    After defeating Democratic incumbent Mary Verner in a 2011 election, Mayor David Condon set a goal of reforming the Spokane Police Department. At the end of Condon’s first term, violent crime was down by 19.72%, while overall crime went down by 8.36%. Spokane has recently been undergoing multiple construction projects, with Condon emphasizing in his latest State of the City speech that these projects are meant to revitalize Spokane’s neighborhoods.

  • #99. Baton Rouge, LA: Sharon Weston Broome

    - Population of city in 2018: 221,599
    - Government type: Strong mayor
    - Mayor's party affiliation: Democratic
    - Took office in: 2017
    - Term ends: 2021

    Sharon Weston Broome was the first African-American to serve in the Louisiana State Senate and later became the first African-American woman to serve as mayor-president of Baton Rouge. Broome took office not long after the 2016 Louisiana floods, which heavily affected the metropolitan area of Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is an industrial and business center in the South, and with bipartisan support, Broome was able to pass a half-cent sales tax in 2018.

  • #98. Richmond, VA: Levar Stoney

    - Population of city in 2018: 228,783
    - Government type: Strong mayor
    - Mayor's party affiliation: Democratic
    - Took office in: 2016
    - Term ends: 2020

    Previously serving under Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration as the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Levar Stoney won a multi-candidate election to become the mayor of Richmond. At age 35, Stoney is the youngest-ever mayor of the city. Currently, Stoney’s administration is pushing a proposal to redevelop the area around the Richmond Coliseum.

  • #97. Boise, ID: David Bieter

    - Population of city in 2018: 228,790
    - Government type: Strong mayor
    - Mayor's party affiliation: Democratic
    - Took office in: 2004
    - Term ends: 2019

    Inaugurated in 2004, David Bieter is currently the longest-serving mayor of Boise, Idaho. While the office of mayor is officially nonpartisan, Bieter is registered as a Democrat. Throughout his tenure, Bieter has emphasized the livability of Boise, attempting to make the city more welcoming and inviting by expanding the city’s parks system.

  • #96. Fremont, CA: Lily Mei

    - Population of city in 2018: 237,807
    - Government type: Council-manager
    - Mayor's party affiliation: Nonpartisan
    - Took office in: 2016
    - Term ends: 2020

    Previously a member of the Fremont City Council, Lily Mei’s election as mayor of Fremont, California, made her the chair of that governing body. Mei was elected on a nonpartisan platform, promising a “responsible approach to development.” Mei recently put out an open letter asking the community to show compassion towards the homeless people within the city.

  • #95. Hialeah, FL: Carlos Hernández

    - Population of city in 2018: 238,942
    - Government type: Strong mayor
    - Mayor's party affiliation: Republican
    - Took office in: 2011
    - Term ends: 2021

    Carlos Hernández is a Cuban-born politician serving as the mayor of Hialeah, Fla., a city which has the highest percentage of Cuban and Cuban-American residents in the country. Hialeah has a large population and is considered the fourth-most-conservative city in the United States. Hernández has been cited for an ethics violation, incurring fines for lying in a 2011 press conference about high-interest loans of $180,000 to a Ponzi schemer.

  • #94. Irving, TX: Rick Stopfer

    - Population of city in 2018: 242,242
    - Government type: Council-manager
    - Mayor's party affiliation: Republican
    - Took office in: 2017
    - Term ends: 2020

    Prior to 2009, Irving had an entirely white and non-Hispanic city council, until a ruling from a federal judge led to a new electoral system that enabled racial minorities to be more easily voted into office. Current Mayor Rick Stopfer won on a campaign promising an improvement of water and sewer lines and the addition of new police beats and a new fire department building.

  • #93. Garland, TX: Scott LeMay

    - Population of city in 2018: 242,507
    - Government type: Council-manager
    - Mayor's party affiliation: Republican
    - Took office in: 2019
    - Term ends: 2021

    A former councilman for almost twelve years, Scott LeMay ran completely unopposed to secure the position of Mayor of Garland. The city of Garland was recently named as one of the best cities in the country for employment.

  • #92. Chesapeake, VA: Richard West

    - Population of city in 2018: 242,634
    - Government type: Council-manager
    - Mayor's party affiliation: Republican
    - Took office in: 2008
    - Term ends: 2020

    Chesapeake, Va., has diverse environments that range from farmland to forests and wetlands. Before becoming the mayor of the third-most populous city in Virginia, Rick West was elected for three terms to the city council. West cited a number of developments in transportation and road work in the city as an example of progress during his tenure.

  • #91. Norfolk, VA: Kenneth Alexander

    - Population of city in 2018: 244,076
    - Government type: Council-manager
    - Mayor's party affiliation: Democratic
    - Took office in: 2016
    - Term ends: 2020

    Born and raised in Norfolk, Kenneth “Kenny” Alexander was a local business leader who served in both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly. In 2016, Alexander became the first African-American mayor of the city of Norfolk. When running for mayor, Alexander prioritized economic and workforce development while stating that he was proud of the city’s diversity.

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