The Executive Summary: What do incumbents have planned for the 2014 elections?

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October 3, 2013

Edited by Greg Janetka

In this edition of The Executive Summary we give you the rundown on what the incumbent state executives whose seats are up for election in 2014 have planned for the coming year. We'll also take a look at the latest developments in the investigation of Utah Attorney General John Swallow, see what issue brought together 37 attorneys general, and preview the upcoming annual meeting of state treasurers. As always, there is 2013/2014 election news and do you know how many current governors previously served as state legislators? See if you're right at the end of the report.

What are your state executive incumbents doing in 2014?

For full details see: What are your state executive officials doing in the 2014 elections?

Yesterday, Ballotpedia released a new report looking at the campaign plans of the state executive incumbents whose seats are up for election next year. Going forward this report will be updated monthly until filing deadlines have ended and all incumbents have announced their intentions.

As of today, with 396 days until the general election, of the incumbents, 69 are running for re-election to their same post, 54 are not seeking election to the same office, and 97 have yet to declare their intentions.

  • Of the 54 incumbents not running for re-election, a total of 19 are running for a different office.
  • Of the 54 incumbents not running for re-election, 22 are term limited. Of those 22, only 2 are seeking a different office.



Five offices have more than twenty elections in 2014. Governors, Lieutenant Governors, Attorneys General, Secretaries of State, and Treasurers are the top offices up for election. Of those, the treasurers are the most undeclared group with 43% of incumbents still waiting to announce their intentions. The Governor's office has the most incumbents seeking a return to their seat, with 49% already declaring their intentions to run for re-election.

All incumbents from Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, and Vermont are still undeclared. Twelve states have zero undeclared incumbents, the most impressive being Alabama, with all nine of their incumbents already having announced their intentions. New Mexico has the most incumbents up for election with thirteen and South Carolina is next in line with ten. So far Nevada has the highest rate of incumbents not running; five out of six office holders are term limited from running for re-election, but the sixth, Governor Brian Sandoval has announced he will be running for a second term.

Percent of incumbents that have announced they are running for re-election



Utah Attorney General subpoenaed

Utah Attorney General John Swallow

Embattled Attorney General of Utah John Swallow (R) has been plagued with controversies ever since he took office as in January of this year. On September 12 the federal bribery investigation against him ended without any charges filed, but numerous other investigations remain pending. These include a probe of Swallow’s office by two county district attorneys, two complaints against Swallow under review by the Utah State Bar, an investigation into possible campaign law violations by the state elections office, and an investigation by an House committee.[1]

The Committee’s investigation moved forward last week, serving Swallow and his office with subpoenas on September 26, seeking emails, receipt and cell phone conversations dating back to December 2009. The committee is scheduled to meet on October 9 and Swallow has until October 11 to provide the documents requested.[2] The subpoenas focus on the relationships between Swallow and businessmen Jeremy Johnson and Marc Sessions Jenson, both of whom have accused Swallow of influence peddling. Johnson has been indicted, while Jenson is in prison.[3]

In a broad, bipartisan move, 37 state attorneys general sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in September 2013, asking the agency "to take all available measures" to regulate the advertising, ingredients and sale of e-cigarettes.[4]

The letter, co-sponsored by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R), was especially aimed towards youth, as Coakley stated, "People, especially kids, are being led to believe that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative, but they are highly addictive and can deliver strong doses of nicotine. We urge the FDA to act quickly to ensure that these products are regulated to protect the public, and are no longer advertised or sold to youth."[5]

The FDA has had authority to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco since 2009, but currently does not regulate pipe tobacco, cigars or e-cigarettes. Under the law, the FDA can expand their authority into these products, but first must issue new regulations, something it says are in development.[6]

Alongside Massachusetts and Ohio, attorneys general from the following states signed the letter: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming. They were also joined by the attorneys general of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.[7]

Arizona relaxes “resign-to-run,” prompting at least one candidacy confession

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett

Ineligible to seek another consecutive term as Arizona Secretary of State, Republican Ken Bennett is finally free to declare his plans to run for Governor of Arizona in 2014 thanks to the legislature’s passage of House Bill 2157, which revised the state’s strict “resign-to-run” law.[8] The bill lifted the part of the law which had previously forbidden officeholders to pubilcly acknowledge even the most obvious intentions toward campaigning for a new office, but left intact the rule saying formal filing warrants an officeholder to resign until the final year of their term. Now, it is possible for the first time since 1980 officeholders like Bennett can be straightforward about upcoming bids, without having to leave office or waste time and energy skirting the law and crafting “deceiving” language to remain within legal bounds.[9] Bennett said he plans to file next year when the rule no longer applies, and added his assurance that he will serve out the remainder of his term as Arizona’s elections chief.[10] Since the approved revisions have gone into effect, state treasurer Doug Ducey has also opened up about his intentions to seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2014 as well.[11]

Annual State Treasurers meeting

The 2013 meeting of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) will take place October 6-9 in Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in 1976, NAST “seeks to provide advocacy and support that enables member states to pursue and administer sound financial policies and programs benefiting the citizens of the nation.” All state treasurers are members, with Virginia Treasurer Manju Ganeriwala currently serving as President.[12]

As outlined in the preliminary agenda, the following plenary sessions will take place:[13]

  • A Vision of the Future State of the Investment Industry
  • Do You Know What’s Happening with Fiscally Distressed Communities in Your State?
  • Impacting your Citizens...A Look at How State Treasurers Can Increase Financial Fitness in Their States
  • The Best of Both Worlds: DB and DC Approaches
  • Infrastructure Financing into the 22nd Century: The case for US and Global Infrastructure Commitments by Pension Funds
  • Addressing Post-Morrison Uncertainties: What Remedies are Available to Public Pension Funds?
  • State Treasurers’ Roundtable

Deputy Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources steps in on interim basis

Joe Balash ascended from Deputy Commissioner to Acting Commissioner after Sullivan’s official departure on Sept. 24, 2013

Joe Balash is now the Acting Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources. He was appointed by Governor Sean Parnell on September 25, 2013 to fill the vacancy left by former officeholder Daniel S. Sullivan's resignation. Balash was the Deputy Commissioner at the time of his appointment, and he will serve in an interim capacity until the governor can find a permanent successor to Sullivan. Any appointment will be subject to confirmation by the state legislature.[14]

Alaska commissioners of natural resources serve unfixed terms at the pleasure of the sitting governor.[15] On September 11, 2013, Sullivan announced he was stepping down from the commissioner's post. In his resignation letter to Gov. Parnell, Sullivan cited vague plans "to explore new opportunities and challenges in the next phase of my life."[16] Sullivan's decision to resign has been widely commented on in reference to preexisting speculation that the nonpartisan commissioner was preparing to launch a campaign for the Republican nomination to unseat Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) in the 2014 U.S. Senate elections.[17] Sullivan's resignation became effective September 24, 2013 and Balash took over the position the following day.

See also: State executive official elections, 2013
State Executive Official Elections Results in 2013
Office Incumbent Incumbent Party Incumbent Running? 2013 Winner Partisan switch?
Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie Ends.png Republican Yes Pending
Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey Kim Guadagno Ends.png Republican Yes Pending
Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell Ends.png Republican No Pending
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Bill Bolling Ends.png Republican No Pending
Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli Ends.png Republican No (running for governor) Pending
Superintendent of Wisconsin Tony Evers Grey.png Nonpartisan Yes Tony Evers No
Mark your calendar
November 5General election in New Jersey and Virginia

There are three states holding state executive official elections in 2013 -- New Jersey, Virginia and Wisconsin. A total of six officials will be elected. The attention-grabbing positions up for election are Governor of New Jersey and Governor of Virginia. Both made The Washington Post’s list of the top five races to watch in 2013.


The first state executive election in 2013 took place in Wisconsin on April 2, 2013. Incumbent Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers won re-election to a second term against challenger Don Pridemore.[18] Evers, a career educator, handily defeated Don Pridemore, a Wisconsin State Assemblyman since 2005. Although the Superintendent of Public Instruction is a nonpartisan position, Evers is a Democrat and Pridemore is a Republican.

The race attracted considerable buzz in the lead-up to the election, owing in large part to the controversial education proposals put forth by Gov. Scott Walker (R) in his 2013-2015 budget plan, as well as Pridemore's penchant for provoking the media - with dramatic pronouncements about his campaign agenda or else by creating a blacklist of a number of "liberal"[19] political reporters.[20][21]

Evers received over 61% of the vote, equalling 487,030 votes. This figure points to Evers' growth in popularity since his initial election to the post back in 2009, when he won 439,248 votes and a roughly 15 percentage point victory over a different single challenger, Rose Fernandez.

Below are the official results of the superintendent race, certified by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on April 23.[22]

Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTony Evers Incumbent 61.1% 487,030
     Nonpartisan Don Pridemore 38.7% 308,050
     Scattering Various 0.2% 1,431
Total Votes 796,511
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (dead link).



Current Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) is ineligible to run for re-election in 2013 because of term limits. The term limits Virginia imposes on its governors are more strict than any other state in the country: under the commonwealth's constitution, no governor may serve back-to-back terms. This means that McDonnell, unlike other governors in their first term, is ineligible to run for re-election until a full term has passed.

There are no such term limits on the attorney general, and many were surprised at current AG Ken Cuccinelli's (R) decision to run for governor rather than seek another term. If not for Cuccinelli, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling would have been the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to succeed McDonnell.[23] Due to the decision by the Republican Party of Virginia Virginia to change their candidate nomination method from open primary election to closed nominating convention starting in 2013, and "tea party darling" Cuccinelli's presence in the race, Bolling withdrew his bid for the GOP nod in November 2012. .[24][25] About the alternative of seeking re-election to his current post, Bolling stated that, “Under normal circumstances, I would be open to the possibility of running for another term as lieutenant governor, but I would not be interested in running on a statewide ticket with Mr. Cuccinelli.”[26] He later said he regretted dropping out of the race as early as he did.[27]

McDonnell had previously pledged his support for Bolling's candidacy- in part because Bolling refrained from challenging McDonnell for governor in 2009. After Bolling bowed out, McDonnell chose to endorse fellow Republican Cuccinelli for his successor, despite Cuccinelli's outspoken opposition to McDonnell's Transportation Initiative, which is considered to be the centerpiece of his gubernatorial legacy. Ironically, Cuccinelli's future general election opponent, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, has been equally outspoken on the issue, but as an advocate and defender of the outgoing governor's approach to amending the state's transportation funding policy.[28][29][30]

In response to the major party picks, the Libertarian Party held a special convention and nominated Robert Sarvis as the party's official gubernatorial candidate.[31]

Like Cuccinelli and Sarvis, McAuliffe faced no primary contest. As of September 2013, McAuliffe is comfortably leading Cuccinelli and Sarvis in polls and funds. Aggregated polling data show the Democratic nominee with an average edge of seven percentage points edge over Cuccinelli.[32] The most recent campaign finance reporting cycle ended with McAuliffe holding $5 million in cash on hand, nearly double the amount in Cuccinelli's warchest, and Sarvis trailing both with a reported $19,110 cash on hand.[33][34]

The three contenders will square off in the general election on November 5, 2013.[35]

On August 2, 2013, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) revealed government documents implicating McAuliffe in a possible investment fraud being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.). Grassley's findings that McAuliffe received special treatment from a high-ranking immigration official further entrenched the candidate in the controversy surrounding Greentech Automotive, a failed electric car company which he founded. Due to its poor performance and its employment of Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother, who handled the company's capital and is thus the target of the investigation, the now well-publicized environmental venture marks a blemish on the McAuliffe-campaign platform: to reinvigorate the state's economy using his business knowledge and experience as a successful job creator. Developments linking McAuliffe to the suspected fraud has made that blemish more pronounced, though polls continue to disprove initial theories that it would severely threaten his chances of overtaking Cuccinelli in the November general election. Cuccinelli had been the beleaguered candidate of the pair up until the Greentech S.E.C. investigation scandal broke and opened McAuliffe up for criticism regarding his history of "mingling politics and business."[36] Still, the latest polls indicate the Democrat has not lost his edge.

Governor of Virginia: All candidates
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)Robert Sarvis (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Roanoke University Poll
(July 8-14, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(July 11-14, 2013)
Emerson College Poll
(August 23-28, 2013)
League of Women Voters/Public Policy Polling
(August 27-28, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(September 9-15, 2013)
Harper Polling/Conservative Intel
(September 15-16, 2013)
Washington Post-Abt SRBI poll
(September 19-22, 2013)
NBC News/Marist Poll
(September 17-19, 2013)
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(September 23, 2013)
AVERAGES 42.33% 37.67% 8% 10.44% +/-2.69 691.22
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Governor of Virginia: Cuccinelli v. McAuliffe (June 2013 - present)
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(June 5-6, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(July 11-15, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(August 14-19, 2013)
Internal Poll
(August 13-18, 2013)
Rasmussen Reports
(September 3-4, 2013)
Purple Strategies Poll
(September 6-10, 2013)
Washington Post-Abt SRBI poll
(September 19-22, 2013)
AVERAGES 45.71% 40.86% 11.57% +/-3.43 874.14
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
Governor of Virginia: Cuccinelli v. McAuliffe (February 2013 - May 2013)
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Feb. 14-18, 2013)
Roanoke College Poll
(April 8-14, 2013)
Washington Post (Registered Voters)
(April 29-May 2, 2013)
Washington Post (Likely Voters)
(April 29-May 2, 2013)
NBC News/Marist Poll
(April 28-May 2, 2013)
Quinnipiac University
(May 8-13, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(May 24-26, 2013)
AVERAGES 39.57% 40.71% 19.14% +/-3.49 906.29
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Lieutenant Governor

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling (R) is not seeking re-election this year. Nine candidates filed to fill the imminently-open executive seat, including two Democrats and seven Republicans. State Sen. Ralph Northam defeated Aneesh Chopra for the Democratic Party's nomination for lieutenant governor in the June 11 primary election.[37] Northam's general election opponent is Republican E.W. Jackson. Jackson was nominated by delegates of the Virginia Republican Party at the party-funded statewide primary convention on May 17-18.[38]

Jackson's convention win marked the first time since Maurice Dawkins' nomination a quarter of a century ago that Virginia Republicans nominated an African-American for statewide office.[39] A minister at a non-denominational church and relatively new member of the Republican Party, Jackson edged out six primary opponents by emphasizing his commitment to hallmark conservative issues such as smaller government, gun rights and traditional family values. He appealed to the delegation with the promise, "We will not only win an election in November, we will open the hearts and minds of our people and save this commonwealth and save this country."[40]

Jackson was an unwelcome choice for the state's Republican establishment from the start, despite his post-convention promise, thanks to his refusal to divert from, or water down the rhetoric of, his "liberty agenda." The agenda contains the issues mentioned above, none of which are earth-shattering stances for a conservative; Jackson is anti-Obamacare, pro-Second Amendment and anti-federal overreach. His approach to delivering these messages, however, has raised more concerns - as well as eyebrows - from the party than was originally anticipated. In August, Jackson referred to the Democratic Party as the "anti-God party" because of its supportive position on same-sex marriage and abortion, cementing his reputation for being impermeable to warnings about how his often inflammatory rhetoric might alienate swing voters or more moderate Republican voters heading into the general election. Then on Sept. 4, The Washington Post reported that his independent streak also extends to his behind the scenes campaign style. Since securing the nomination in May, Jackson has not taken advantage of the Virginia Republican Party's massive pool of campaign resources. He has declined offers to utilize the party's voter databases and related logistical tools in addition to field office venues across the state- a "virtually unheard-of forfeiture of resources for a statewide candidate."[41]

On the Democratic end, Northam, a pediatric neurologist who was first elected to the state legislature's upper chamber in 2008, wants to win the lt. governor's office in order to restore Democratic control over the state senate. His campaign has also focused on improving education and creating jobs in energy efficiency, in addition to reversing the direction the Republican leadership has taken the state on women's health issues. "Their crusades to shut down reproductive health centers and to mandate costly and invasive medical procedures for women seeking abortions have embarrassed the Commonwealth, and have inserted government between doctors and their patients."[42][43]

The most recent campaign finance reporting cycle ended on Aug. 31, with Northam maintaining an ample fundraising lead over Jackson, to add to the consistent edge he has shown in the polls. Jackson's remarkable refusal to accept assistance from the Republican Party has no doubt hindered him from overtaking Northam in money and/or voter support. His proven difficulties adhering to the state board of elections' filing protocols, having twice needed to amend his documentation of loans or donations, likewise does not bode favorably for the GOP nominee heading into the home stretch of the campaign.[44][45]

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Poll Ralph Northam (D) E.W. Jackson (R)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
(May 24-26, 2013)
Roanoke University Poll
(July 8-14, 2013)
Public Policy Poll
(July 11-14, 2013)
AVERAGES 35.67% 30.67% 33.33% +/-4.03 599.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Attorney General

In March 2013, Governing magazine rated Virginia's open attorney general seat as "vulnerable" heading into the 2013-2014 elections because incumbent Republican Ken Cuccinelli is not running for re-election.[46]

The race to replace Cuccinelli began at the primary nomination stage; both Republican convention and Democratic election candidates drew primary contests. On May 18, two "strong fiscal and social conservatives"[46] -- state Sen. Mark Obenshain and state Rep. Rob Bell -- competed for delegate votes at the Republican Party of Virginia's closed nominating convention, which Obenshain won.[47] The nominee's late father, GOP politician Richard Obenshain, died in a plane crash during his 1978 campaign for U.S. Senate. Obenshain will square off against state Sen. Mark Herring in the general election. Herring defeated former assistant U.S. Attorney for Virginia Justin Fairfax in the Democratic primary election, which took place on June 11, 2013.[48][46]

Attorney General of Virginia
Poll Mark Herring (D) Mark Obenshain (R)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
(May 24-28, 2013)
Roanoke University Poll
(July 8-14, 2013)
Public Policy Poll
(July 11-14, 2013)
AVERAGES 33.33% 33.67% 32.33% +/-4.03 599.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

New Jersey

General election

(gov & lt. gov running-mate listed together)


Incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono faced one challenger each in the primary election on June 4, though ultimately neither presented much of a challenge. Both won their respective party nominations with roughly 90% of the vote.[63][64]

Former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman was the sole Republican to brave a run against the popular first term governor, whose star has long been on the rise but turned meteoric in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Grossman's campaign criticized Christie for being overly moderate, while Buono's opponent Troy Webster, adviser to the mayor of East Orange, believed he was uniquely suited to making New Jersey friendlier to "the working poor and middle class families who have been literally 'thrown under the bus.'"[65] Grossman and Webster were endorsed by the weekly publication NJ Today.[66]

In New Jersey, gubernatorial candidates have 30 days to select a lieutenant gubernatorial running mate to share the ticket with in the general election. Immediately after launching his re-election campaign, Christie secured his current Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno as his running mate, while Buono waited until July 29 to formally announce her choice of union leader Milly Silva as her running mate. Silva is the executive vice president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.[67][68] The two-woman ticket will be up against incumbent Republican governor/lt. governor pair Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno in addition to a number of third party opponents in the general election contest taking place November 5, 2013.

Christie is heavily favored to win re-election, with his campaign raising nearly double that of Buono's in the primary and maintaining a decisive lead in the polls up to the present.[69][70] He also has bipartisan support, which is crucial in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 700,000, according to party registration statistics provided by the New Jersey Department of State.[71]

Since 1977, New Jersey gubernatorial primary and general election candidates can qualify for a public funding program whereby candidates who raise a minimum amount of money are dispensed tax-generated funds, controlled by the state election law enforcement commission, in direct proportion to campaign donations given from the public. In 2013, the qualifying sum for primary gubernatorial candidates is $380,000.[72] The purpose of the program is to lessen the influence of corporate contributions in elections. On February 2, 2013, then-presumptive Democratic nominee Barbara Buono's campaign reported that it had surpassed the $380,000 mark.[73] By that time, Christie's campaign had already raised $2 million. Unlike in 2009, Christie declined to use matching funds in the 2013 primary, but he decided in August to opt into the program for the general election phase. Under the program, Christie is eligible for an additional $8 million, approximately. The terms also state that he must participate in two debates with Buono before Nov. 5.[73][74]

The New Jersey gubernatorial election was rated by the Washington Post as one of the top five races to watch in 2013.[75]

New Jersey Governor's Race 2013
Poll Barbara Buono (D) Chris Christie* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
April 19-22, 2013
NBC News/Marist Poll
April 28-May 2, 2013
Quinnipiac University Poll
July 2-7, 2013
Quinnipiac University Poll
August 1-5, 2013
Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll
August 15-18, 2013
Farleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll
August 21-27, 2013
Rasmussen Reports Poll
September 10-11, 2013
Rutgers-Eagleton Poll
September 3-9, 2013
Stockton Poll
September 15-21, 2013
Quinnipiac University Poll
September 19-22, 2013
Monmouth University Poll
(September 26-29, 2013)
AVERAGES 30.82% 57.64% 9.36% +/-3.24 1,002
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

See also: State executive official elections, 2014 and What are your state executive officials doing in the 2014 elections?

Ballotpedia has counted and is currently tracking a total of 217 state executive positions in 42 states that will be on the ballot next year. That is more than double the number of positions that were elected in 2012, when 94 positions were elected. The eight states that are not holding executive official elections in 2014 are Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

The offices up for election include:

Mark your calendar
December 2Candidate filing deadline in Illinois (major parties)
December 9Candidate filing deadline in Texas (major parties)
January 28, 2014Candidate filing deadline in Kentucky (major parties)

Notable candidates

  • Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord became the 8th Democrat to enter the race for governor on September 24. McCord, who has served as Treasurer since 2009, joins the long list of primary candidates seeking to unseat incumbent Tom Corbett that includes Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, former state environmental secretaries John Hanger and Kate McGinty, minister Max Myers, businessman Tom Wolf, Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz and Allentown mayor Ed Pawlowski.[76]
  • Ending rampant speculation, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D) is expected to officially announced her campaign for Governor today. Davis shot to fame in June 2013 after leading a nearly 11 hour filibuster of a controversial abortion bill under debate in the Senate.[77] While seven state executive seats are up for election in 2014, Davis would become the first Democrat to declare for any of the races. Numerous potential candidates have said they have been waiting to see what Davis would do before deciding whether to jump in or not and with her announcement, it is believed more Democrats will be declaring in upcoming days. Texas has not elected a Democrat to a statewide office since 1994, giving it the distinction of having gone longer than any other state.[78]
  • Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) announced in June 2013 that he would not seek a third term as attorney general in order to pursue election to the open governor's seat in 2014. As of Sept. 24, his gubernatorial campaign is now officially underway.[79]

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Q. How many of the current 50 governors previously served as state legislators?

Answer: Exactly half - 25 (16 Republicans and 9 Democrats)

Name Party Prior office Term in office
Robert J. Bentley Ends.png Republican Alabama House of Representatives 2003-2010
Sean Parnell Ends.png Republican Alaska State Senate 1997-2001
Jan Brewer Ends.png Republican Arizona House/Senate 1983-1987/1987-1997
Mike Beebe Electiondot.png Democratic Arkansas State Senate 1983-2003
Nathan Deal Ends.png Republican Georgia State Senate 1981-1993
Neil Abercrombie Electiondot.png Democratic Hawaii House/Senate 1975-1979/1980-1986
Butch Otter Ends.png Republican Idaho House of Representatives 1972-1978
Terry Branstad Ends.png Republican Iowa House of Representatives 1973-1979
Steve Beshear Electiondot.png Democratic Kentucky House of Representatives 1974-1979
Phil Bryant Ends.png Republican Mississippi House of Representatives 1990-1995
Jay Nixon Electiondot.png Democratic Missouri State Senate 1986-1992
Brian Sandoval Ends.png Republican Nevada General Assembly 1994-1998
Maggie Hassan Electiondot.png Democratic New Hampshire State Senate 2004-2010
Jack Dalrymple Ends.png Republican North Dakota House of Representatives 1985-2000
John Kasich Ends.png Republican Ohio State Senate 1983-2000
Mary Fallin Ends.png Republican Oklahoma House of Representatives 1991-1995
John Kitzhaber Electiondot.png Democratic Oregon State Senate 1980-1993
Nikki Haley Ends.png Republican South Carolina House of Representatives 2005-2010
Dennis Daugaard Ends.png Republican South Dakota State Senate 1997-2003
Rick Perry Ends.png Republican Texas House of Representatives 1984-1990
Peter Shumlin Electiondot.png Democratic Vermont Senate/House 1993-2003, 2006-2011/1990-1993
Bob McDonnell Ends.png Republican Virginia House of Delegates 1992-2006
Jay Inslee Electiondot.png Democratic Washington House of Representatives 1998-1992
Earl Ray Tomblin Electiondot.png Democratic Virginia Senate/House 1980-2010/1974-1980
Scott Walker Ends.png Republican Wisconsin State Assembly 1993-2002


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