up for reelection

up for reelection

Campaigning to be reelected to some public office or position. You can tell the mayor is up for reelection this year, because he's started pandering to all the most influential demographics. Knowing that she would not be up for reelection, the senator began pushing policies that were pretty far out of alignment with her constituency.
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*up for reelection

Fig. to be running for reelection to an office or position. (*Typically: be ~; come ~.) The governor is up for reelection in the fall. Lily is up for reelection this fall.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In return for this the Republicans would agree to put up no candidate the following year, when Scully himself came up for reelection as the other alderman from the ward.
The Marcoses of Ilocos Norte, Singsons of Ilocos Sur, Ortegas of La Union and Dys of Isabela are up for reelection. In Aurora, the Angaras are consolidating power in their home province, with family members also vying for seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Baucus is up for reelection in '08, which means, according to one former Finance Committee staffer, "he's going to be moving in directions that will help win him reelection." In other words, to the right.
Second, a surprisingly large number of senators with important roles on committees affecting the nursing home field are up for reelection. Members of the Senate appropriations subcommittees on labor, health and human services, and education who are facing difficult races include Kit Bond (R-Missouri), Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire).
Los Angeles will hold the first of the municipal mega-elections of 1997 in April, when Republican ayor Richard Riordan and half of the city council will be up for reelection.