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Ballotpedia:WikiProject State Executive Officials

The purpose of this project page is to work out issues with categories or propose new categories. Once there is an agreed-upon category structure, that should be documented at Writing: Categories (state executive officials).

Governors and Lt. Governors

This is the proposed category structure to use when writing and organizing articles that relate to governors, lt. governors, gubernatorial candidates, lt. gubernatorial candidates, gubernatorial elections, and so on.

Overview of types of articles

All articles related to governors, lieutenant governors, their elections, and their offices are addressed under this category structure.

However, no page should be directly placed in the parent category, Category:Governor, as this is to serve as an umbrella category for the structure laid out below.

There are eight broad categories of pages included in Ballotpedia's project on governors and lieutenant governors.

1. Articles giving background information on America's governors, specifically the articles Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and Ballotpedia's portal page, Portal:State Executive Officials

2. Articles describing the actual Constitutional and statutory offices, such as Governor of North Dakota and Lieutenant Governor of Utah.

3. Articles discussing current and former governors and lieutenant governors, such as Donald Carcieri and Jim Cawley.

4. Articles discussing elections, including overview articles such as Gubernatorial elections, 2011, and state specific articles such as West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011 and Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012.

5. Articles discussing candidates in elections, including current candidates, such as John D. Perdue and Mike Harmon, and former candidates, such as Leslie Petersen and Dale Ogden.

6. Article discussing details and summaries of elections, such as 2011 gubernatorial race trackers and 2010 lieutenant gubernatorial electoral results.

7. Article discussing features of the American governorships, such as How gubernatorial vacancies are filled and Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries.

8. Images relating to gubernatorial articles, including photos of office holders, crests associated with governors, images of governors' mansions, etc.

Categorization structure

Here is how Ballotpedia categorizes these articles within the parent category:

Articles on the offices

  • An article describing the actual office of a governor belongs in:
Category:Governor
Category:Offices of the American Governors
Category:State Executive Offices
Category:Constitutionally mandated state executive offices
Within that last category, it will be in Category:Constituionally mandated state executive offices, elected

For governors, this structure is adequate, as all 50 governorships are both Constitutional positions and elected offices.

  • An article describing the actual office of a lieutenant governor will be more complex to categorize, as the office is Constitutional in most states but statutory in some states. Such an article will be categorized in one of the following:
Category:Constitutionally mandated state executive offices
Category:Statuatorily mandated state executive offices
  • Within whichever of those two is appropriate, it will be sub-categorized to indicate whether it is an elected or an appointed office. This means there are four options, only one of which can apply to a single office:
Category:Constitutionally mandated state executive offices, elected
Category:Constitutionally mandated state executive offices, appointed
Category:Statutorily mandated state executive offices, elected
Category:Statutorily mandated state executive offices, appointed
  • Yet further sub-categories may be called for under one of two circumstances. If the office is statutory, it needs a category to indicate whether the law creating the office originated in the legislature or through a citizen initiative. For this, Ballotpedia uses:
Category:Statutorily mandated state executive offices, legislativally originated
Category:Statutorily mandated state executive offices, citizen originated
  • The other instance in which a further sub-category should be added to an article on the office of a lieutenant governor is when that office is Constitutional but was not part of the state's original Constitution. In that cases, the article also takes the category:
Category:Constitutionally mandated state executive offices, Constitutional Amendment

Articles on the current officers

At any given time, there will be 50 current governors and 43 current lieutenant governors. This is the structure for categorizing those articles.

  • First, each of these articles will have one of the following:
Category:Current Governor
Category:Current Lieutenant Governor
  • Each article is also categorized by the incumbent's party:
Category:Current Democratic Governor
Category:Current Republican Governor
Category:Current Independent Governor
Category:Current Democratic Lieutenant Governor
Category:Current Republican Lieutenant Governor
Category:Current Independent Lieutenant Governor
  • Next, each article will have a singular category connected to the state. Examples of these categories are:
Category:Current Minnesota Governor
Category:Current Minnesota Lieutenant Governor

For example, Mark Dayton will have these three categories:

Category:Current Governor
Category:Current Democratic Governor
Category:Current Minnesota Governor

Kay Ivey will have these three categories:

Category:Current Lieutenant Governor
Category:Current Republican Lieutenant Governor
Category:Current Lieutenant Governor of Alabama

Lastly, anyone who has served as a governor or a lieutenant governor will always be one of the categories:

Category:STATE Governors
Category:STATE Lieutenant Governors

Articles on former officers

The structure for former officeholders is essentially the same as that for categorizing current officeholders.

  • First, each of these articles will have one of the following:
Category:Former Governor
Category:Former Lieutenant Governor
  • Each article is also categorized by the incumbent's party:
Category:Former Democratic Governor
Category:Former Republican Governor
Category:Former Independent Governor
Category:Former Democratic Lieutenant Governor
Category:Former Republican Lieutenant Governor
Category:Former Independent Lieutenant Governor
  • Next, each article will have a singular category connected to the state. Examples of these categories are:
Category:Former Minnesota Governor
Category:Former Minnesota Lieutenant Governor

For example, Jodi Rell will have these three categories:

Category:Former Governor
Category:Former Republican Governor
Category:Former Governor of Connecticut

Patty Judge will have these three categories:

Category:Former Lieutenant Governor
Category:Former Democratic Lieutenant Governor
Category:Former Iowa Lieutenant Governor

Lastly, anyone who has served as a governor or a lieutenant governor will always be one of the categories:

Category:STATE Governors
Category:STATE Lieutenant Governors

Articles on candidates

Articles on active candidates should be categorized to indicate the election cycle and the state the candidate is running in, the party the candidate belongs to, and the office the candidate is seeking.

As the election season progresses, articles will also take on new subcategories to indicate how their candidacy fared.

  • First, all candidates for either a gubernatorial or a lieutenant gubernatorial office belong in two categories, each of which will also have a subcategory for the year:
Category:Gubernatorial elections
Category:Gubernatorial elections, YEAR
Category:Statewide constitutional office elections
Category:Statewide constitutional office elections, YEAR

The first category is itself contained under the Offices of the American Governors category, while the second is under the Statewide Constitutional Offices category, meaning there is some overlap here.

  • Next, each candidate's page is placed in the applicable state category, which takes the form:
Category:STATE Gubernatorial Elections, YEAR
Category:STATE Lieutenant Gubernatorial Elections, YEAR
  • Candidates are also categorized by the party they are running with:
Category:Gubernatorial candidate, Democratic Party, YEAR
Category:Gubernatorial candidate, Republican Party, YEAR
Category:Gubernatorial candidate, Third Party, YEAR
Category:Gubernatorial candidate, Independent, YEAR
Category:Gubernatorial candidate, write-in, YEAR
Category:Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, Democratic Party, YEAR
Category:Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, Republican Party, YEAR
Category:Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, Third Party, YEAR
Category:Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, Independent, YEAR
Category:Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, write-in, YEAR

Within all of these categories, there are two tiers of further sub-categorization. First, every candidate will be eventually moved into a category marking whether they won or lost their race. These take the form of:

Category:Gubernatorial candidate, PARTY, YEAR (successful)
Category:Gubernatorial candidate, PARTY, YEAR (unsuccessful)
Category:Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, PARTY, YEAR (successful)
Category:Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, PARTY, YEAR (unsuccessful)

Successful candidates become incumbents and take on the proper categories for the office they won. Losing candidates have a final stage of sub-categorization indicating how they lost their race. These categories take the form of:

Category:Gubernatorial candidate, PARTY, YEAR (not on ballot)
Category:Gubernatorial candidate, PARTY, YEAR (lost in primary)
Category:Gubernatorial candidate, PARTY, YEAR (lost in general)
Category:Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, PARTY, YEAR (not on ballot)
Category:Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, PARTY, YEAR (lost in primary)
Category:Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, PARTY, YEAR (lost in general)

The (not on ballot) category refers to all candidates who failed to make it as far as the certified primary ballot. This includes candidates who withdrew, failed to submit enough valid signatures, or were unable to meet the requirements to run.

Articles on elections

Feature articles

Category:Features of gubernatorial offices

News articles

Category:Gubernatorial news, YEAR

Gubernatorial images

Category:Gubernatorial images
Category:Images of gubernatorial incumbents
Category:Images of former governors and lieutenant governors
Category:Images of current gubernatorial candidates
Category:Images of unsuccessful gubernatorial candidates
Category:Images of gubernatorial buildings
Category:Images of gubernatorial campaign artwork
Category:Images of gubernatorial election maps
Category:Miscellaneous gubernatorial images