Zephyr Teachout

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Zephyr Teachout
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Former candidate for
Governor of New York
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 9, 2014
Term limitsN/A
J.D.Duke University
ProfessionLaw professor
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Zephyr Teachout was a Democratic candidate for Governor of New York in the 2014 elections.[1][2]


Teachout currently teaches constitutional and property law at Fordham Law School.[3]


  • J.D., Duke University[3]



See also: New York Gubernatorial election, 2014

Teachout was running for election to the office of Governor of New York. Teachout lost the Democratic nomination in the primary on September 9.[1]


Governor of New York, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Cuomo Incumbent 62.9% 361,380
Zephyr Teachout 33.5% 192,210
Randy Credico 3.6% 20,760
Total Votes 574,350
Election Results via New York State Board of Elections.


Teachout received the endorsement of the New York State Public Employees Federation prior to the primary election.[4]


Residency challenge by Governor Cuomo

The New York Supreme Court began hearings on August 7, 2014 to determine if Teachout met the five-year residency requirement for ballot placement. A challenge was brought by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who is seeking re-election in November. Martin E. Connor, representing Cuomo's campaign, claimed that Teachout had not spent the last previous years living continuously in New York. Teachout owns a cabin in Vermont, where she spent time in previous summers. Connor also noted that Teachout did not have a state driver's license or change her address to a New York residence until recently.[5]

Teachout supplied evidence to the court in support of her residency, including an account of her move from Vermont to North Carolina to New York in June 2009. She also provided her 2009 tax return with New York address, a Fordham Law School directory and bank statements documenting purchases at New York businesses. Teachout believed that Cuomo's efforts were intended to avoid embarrassment from losing votes to a more liberal candidate.[5] On August 11, Edgar G. Walker ruled against Cuomo's residency challenge, keeping Teachout on the primary ballot.[6] Cuomo appealed Walker's decision to a state Supreme Court panel, which upheld the decision to keep Teachout on the ballot on August 20, 2014.[7]

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