Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

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Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2024

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Lewis Luartz


What factors impact the decision to run as non-partisan over one of the major US parties? It is essential to analyze this phenomenon to determine the real motivations of candidates and the party they represent because they impact society as a whole. The candidates' ideologies and how the candidates feel representing the parties' ideologies are the main reasons for choosing non-partisan over one of the major US parties. This occurs because humans tend to work where they feel comfortable and in places with the same values and ideologies as them. It is the same in the case of candidates; they look to represent a party with whom they share ideologies. The dataset is taken from the Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007, which provides essential data on local politics. Specifically, data shows that the likelihood of candidates running non-partisan might decrease based on the type of political office.


Presented at the Spring 2024 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.

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