The Green Papers: 2018 General Election
 
Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm 2018 Governor's Chairs
by State

This is a list of the current Governors' chairs, the incumbents occupying them, and the candidacy status of said incumbents. Chairs up for election in the year 2018 are marked as such.

There have been 0 deaths, 0 resignations, and 0 changes of party affiliation in 2018.

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Alabama  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Kay Ivey

Alaska  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Independent

   
    Republican     Darin A. Colbry - lost primary
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator  Mike J. Dunleavy
for Lieutenant Governor: state Senator Kevin G. Meyer
12 September 2017: Suspended campaign due to health issues.
22 December 2017: Resumes campaign.
    Republican     Thomas A. "Tom" Gordon - lost primary
17 May 2018: Switched affiliation from Democratic to Republican.
    Republican     Gerald L. "Jerry" Heikes - lost primary
    Republican     Merica Hlatcu - lost primary
    Republican     Michael D. Sheldon - lost primary
    Republican     former Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell - lost primary

Arizona  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: The Governor can not serve for more than 8 years
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
    Republican     former Secretary of State Ken Bennett - lost primary
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Doug Ducey
    Write-in; (Republican)     Robert Weber - lost primary

Arkansas  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Asa Hutchinson

California  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Candidate Republican     John H. Cox
On General Election ballot

Colorado  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer  Walker Stapleton
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Lang Sias (R)

Connecticut  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
    Republican     Danbury Mayor Mark D. Boughton - lost primary
    Republican     former Trumbull Selectman Timothy M. "Tim" Herbst - lost primary
    Republican     Steve Obsitnik - lost primary
  Candidate Republican; Independent Party of Connecticut     Robert "Bob" Stefanowski
for Lieutenant Governor: state Senator Joseph "Joe" Markley
    Republican     David Stemerman - lost primary

Florida  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Candidate Republican     former Congressman  Ronald D. "Ron" DeSantis
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Jeanette Nunez
Congressman CD 6.
5 January 2018: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
10 September 2018: Resigned from Congress.

Georgia  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State  Brian Porter Kemp
Proceeds to and won the Runoff, 24 July 2018
31 March 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.

Hawaii  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

   
    Republican     former state Senator John S. Carroll - lost primary
    Republican     Raymond F. L'Heureux, Sr. - lost primary
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Andria P.L. Tupola

Idaho  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
    Republican     Tommy Ahlquist - lost primary
    Republican     Harley Delano Brown - lost primary
    Republican     Dalton Ben Cannady - lost primary
    Republican     Congressman Raúl Rafael Labrador - lost primary
9 May 2017: Announced he is a candidate for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor  Brad Little
29 June 2016: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
    Republican     Lisa Marie - lost primary
    Republican     Steve Pankey - lost primary

Illinois  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
    Republican     state Representative  Jeanne M. Ives - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: former state Representative Rich Morthland
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Bruce Rauner
for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti

Iowa  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds
for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg

Kansas  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
    Republican     former state Senator Jim Barnett - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Rosie Hansen

Rosie Hansen is Jim Barnett's wife.
    Republican     Governor  Jeff Colyer - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Tracey Mann

8 August 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
7 August 2018: Received 40.5%.
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State  Kris W. Kobach
for Lieutenant Governor: Wink Hartman
7 August 2018 Primary: Received 40.62%.
    Republican     Patrick "PK" Kucera - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Patricia Reitz
    Republican     Tyler Ruzich - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Dominic Scavuzzo

28 September 2017: This candidate is 17 years old.
    Republican     Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Jenifer Sanderson
    Republican     Joseph Tutera, Jr. - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Phillip Clemente

November 2017: High School Student

Kentucky  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Matthew Griswold "Matt" Bevin
25 August 2018: Announced he would run for re-election.

Maine  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
    Republican     state Representative Kenneth Wade "Ken" Fredette - lost primary
    Republican     state Senator  Garrett Paul Mason - lost primary
    Republican     former state Human Services Commissioner Mary C. Mayhew - lost primary
  Candidate Republican     University of Maine System Trustee  Shawn H. Moody

Maryland  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Lawrence J. "Larry" Hogan, Jr.
for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford

Massachusetts  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Charles D. "Charlie" Baker, Jr.
for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Karyn E. Polito
    Republican     Scott D. Lively - lost primary

Michigan  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
    Republican     Lieutenant Governor  Brian Nelson Calley - lost primary
    Republican     state Senator Patrick Colbeck - lost primary
    Republican     James R. "Jim" Hines - lost primary
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  William D. "Bill" Schuette
for Lieutenant Governor: Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons
12 September 2017: Announced he is running for Governor in 2018.

Minnesota  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Candidate Republican     Hennepin County Commissioner  Jeff Johnson
for Lieutenant Governor: Donna Bergstrom
    Republican     Mathew "Matt" Kruse - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Theresa Loeffler
    Republican     former Governor Tim Pawlenty - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach

First elected as Governor: 2002, re-elected: 2006, not a candidate for re-election in 2010.
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican)     Jeffrey Wharton
7 May 2018: "I may have officially left the race but I will be submitting as a write in candidate ...."

Mississippi  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
  Candidate Republican     Petal Mayor  Hal Marx

Nebraska  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
    Republican     Krystal Gabel - lost primary
  Candidate Republican     Governor  J. Peter "Pete" Ricketts
for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley

Nevada  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
    Republican     William W. "Bill" Boyd - lost primary
    Republican     Stephanie Carlisle - lost primary
    Republican     Frederick L. "Fred" Conquest - lost primary
    Republican     Edward F. Dundas - lost primary
    Republican     Jared L. Fisher - lost primary
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  Adam Paul Laxalt
    Republican     Stanleigh "Stan" Lusak - lost primary
    Republican     Treasurer Dan Schwartz - lost primary

New Hampshire  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2018. Term Limit: None. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Chris Sununu

New Mexico  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Stevan E. "Steve" Pearce
for Lieutenant Governor: Michelle Garcia Holmes
10 July 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018. Congressman CD 2.

New York  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

   
  Candidate Republican; Reform; Conservative     Dutchess County Executive  Marcus J. "Marc" Molinaro
for Lieutenant Governor: former Rye City Council Member Julie Killian
4 January 2018: "... I will not be a Republican candidate for governor ...."
2 March 2018: Re-entered.

Ohio  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  Michael "Mike" DeWine
for Lieutenant Governor: Secretary of State Jon A. Husted
26 May 2016: Running for Governor in 2018.
    Republican     Lieutenant Governor  Mary Taylor - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Nathan D. Estruth

Oklahoma  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Candidate Republican     Kevin Stitt
Proceeds to and won the 28 August 2018 Runoff

Oregon  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 3-term period
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

   
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Knute Buehler

Pennsylvania  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

   
    Republican     Laura Ellsworth - lost primary
    Republican     Paul Mango - lost primary
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator Scott R. Wagner
for Lieutenant Governor: Jeffrey A. "Jeff" Bartos

Rhode Island  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

   
    Republican     former state Senator Giovanni Feroce - lost primary
  Candidate Republican     Cranston Mayor  Allan W. Fung
    Republican     state Representative  Patricia L. Morgan - lost primary

South Carolina  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
    Republican     Lieutenant Governor  Kevin L. Bryant - lost primary
    Republican     former Democratic Lieutenant Governor and state Senator John Yancey "Yancey" McGill - lost primary
21 March 2016: Announced candidacy as a Republican.
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Henry D. McMaster
for Lieutenant Governor: Pamela Evette

Proceeds to Runoff, 26 June 2018
    Republican     former Department of Health and Environmental Control chief Catherine Brawley Templeton - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: District Solicitor Walk Wilkins
    Republican     John Steven Warren, Jr. - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Pat McKinney

Proceeds to Runoff, 26 June 2018

South Dakota  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Kristi Lynn Noem
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Larry Rhoden
14 November 2016: Candidate for Governor in 2018.

Tennessee  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Candidate Republican     Bill Lee

Texas  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Greg Abbott

Vermont  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Phil Scott

Wisconsin  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Scott Walker
for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

Wyoming  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 4-term period. The Wyoming Supreme Court determined on 4 May 2004 that term limits require an amendment to the state constitution rather than, as they were, imposed by a 1992 ballot initiative. At the time, the ruling was not applied to statewide offices. Reference: CATHCART v. MEYER, 2004 WY 49, 88 P.3d 1050, Case Number: 04-32, 04-33, 04-34, Decided: 05/04/2004
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

   
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
    Republican     Bill Dahlin - lost primary
    Republican     Foster Stephen Friess - lost primary
    Republican     Sam E. Galeotos - lost primary
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer  Mark Gordon
    Republican     Harriet M. Hageman - lost primary
    Republican     Taylor Henry Haynes - lost primary

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic
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  Republican
Major Third Parties
  Constitution
  Green
  Libertarian
  Reform
  Wisconsin Green
Other Third Parties
  American
  Clear Water Party of Iowa
  Conservative
  Earth Rights
  Grassroots
  Humanitarian
  Independence
  Independent American
  Independent Party of Connecticut
  Independent Party of Oregon
  Independent-Compassion
  Liberty Union
  Marijuana
  Moderate
  Natural Law
  Progressive
  Rent is 2 Damn High
  Republican Takeover
  Serve America Movement
  Socialist Workers Party
  U.S. Taxpayers
  Unity
  Women's Equality
  Working Families
Independents
  Independent
  No Party Affiliation
  No Political Party
  None
  Nonpartisan
  Other
  The Wisconsin Party
  Unaffiliated
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in
 

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.


 


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