Nonpartisan election

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A nonpartisan election is an election where the candidates run without any official party affiliation. These elections generally involve local races such as for city council or school board.

However, in practice, a candidate will either be a member of a political party or hold to positions identifying with one.

An example of a "nonpartisan election" is that for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors: although officially "nonpartisan", all eleven members are members of the Democratic Party.