Iran: Tehran's mayor attacks Rouhani in pre-election debate

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Tehran's mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf has accused President Hassan Rouhani's administration of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential candidates. During the first of three planned debates ahead of the May 19 elections, Qalibaf criticized the Rouhani administration, saying social and environmental problems remained unsolved because of "Your weak management. Your old and traditional management.

2 Democrats ponder strategy in mayor race in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Two Democrats seeking to unseat the incumbent in the mayor's race in North Carolina's largest city have agreed that one of them should drop out so the other would have a chance of capturing the party primary in September. State Sen. Joel Ford and Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.

The senior Sanders backs party youth to remake Democrats

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- Bernie Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to promote younger leaders for the Democratic Party. It may not seem the most likely role for the slightly stooped, white-haired, 75-year-old Vermont senator. But Sanders rallied support Thursday for Omaha's Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello, who's half his age.

Suburban Chicago Trump backer beats challenger by 151 votes

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (AP) -- A longtime suburban Chicago mayor whose support for Donald Trump ignited a tougher-than-expected re-election campaign has narrowly defeated his Democratic challenger. Tuesday's count of provisional and mail-in ballots found Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar won with 6,425 votes. That is 151 more than challenger Will County Commissioner Jackie Traynere. Claar hosted a fundraiser for Trump in September, which angered some voters in the suburb of about 75,000 people.

Seattle mayor denies sex abuse claims - 'simply not true'

SEATTLE (AP) -- Ed Murray led a long campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, toiled for nearly two decades as a state lawmaker and won his biggest personal political victory in 2013 when he unseated Seattle's incumbent mayor by promising the ultra-liberal city to raise the minimum hourly wage to $15.

Trump-supporting mayor appears to survive re-election scare

CHICAGO (AP) -- A longtime suburban Chicago mayor who held a fundraiser for President Donald Trump last year has expanded his narrow lead in his re-election battle with a union organizer backed by top Democrats. With all precincts reporting Wednesday, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar held a 104-vote lead over Will County Commissioner Jackie Traynere.

Trump, transgender and police shootings dominate elections

Elections Tuesday across the U.S. featured a mayoral race with presidential overtones, a 23-person congressional primary highlighting Democratic Party rifts, a school board challenged for accommodating a transgender student and referendums on leadership and police issues in the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Ferguson.

Chicago suburban mayor and Trump backer has narrow vote lead

CHICAGO (AP) -- A longtime suburban Chicago mayor who aligned himself with President Donald Trump was holding on to a narrow lead late Tuesday in his re-election battle with a union organizer backed by top Democrats. With all precincts reporting, Mayor Roger Claar held a 62-vote lead over Will County Commissioner Traynere. The county clerk's office said vote by mail ballots postmarked by April 4 and provisional ballots remain to be counted.

National political themes prominent in local races across US

Elections being held Tuesday across the U.S. feature a mayoral race with presidential overtones, a 23-person congressional primary highlighting Democratic Party rifts, a school board challenged for accommodating a transgender student, and referendums on leadership and police issues in the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Ferguson.