The 2020 election has prompted at least two ward races for Council next year as two members move up to the legislature. However, the campaign gears have begun to turn beyond these open seats. Two sitting councilors will likely see challenges next year and some citywide challengers are not waiting to hear whether any at-large councilors will move on.
The mayor’s office is not up next year, but the City Council and School Committee are. Among those likely to run for Council in 2021 is Lezlie Braxton Campbell, a Springfield teacher and chair of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts (YDMA).
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