If you're lamenting that Pittsburgh's mayoral contest is a bit of a snooze, you might turn to news in other big cities. New York City, Boston and Detroit are all choosing mayors today. And the people of Toronto are choosing what the concuss themselves with after Mayor Rob Ford (pictured above) admitted today in a press conference to using crack.
Here's a quick roundup of what's going on in those cities:
The Beantown is seeing its first contested mayoral contest in a generation after Mayor Tom Menino announced he would not run. Two Irish-American Democrats, Martin J. Walsh and John R. Connolly, are facing off in a what's been termed a "slugfest." Boston.com is reporting that turnout has been up.
In Detroit, some are wondering about the relevance of the mayor's race after the city filed for municipal bankruptcy, which put the city under the auspices of a state-appointed overseer. Time Magazine rounds up the race here. Even on Election Day, the biggest news in the Motor City might be a federal bankruptcy hearing, where the city just asked a federal judge to approve a $350 million loan. Polls will close in an hour.
New Yorkers were expected to return a Democrat to the mayor's office after three terms under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reports the New York Times. Pre-election polls gave Democrat Bill de Blasio a healthy lead on his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, but the latter has been known to pull upsets.