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Writing:Categories (state executive officials)

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to handle categories for overview executive articles, state executive offices and officeholders.
How to write about
state executives
Starting an article (stub)
Blank Example Article
InfoboxIntro sentence
See also section
External links and references
CategoriesTemplates
General offices:
Intro sentence • Political parties
Term limits • Vacancies
Feature - elected or appointed
OfficeholdersSee also section
External links and references
TemplatesCategories
State offices:
InfoboxIntro sentence
Current officeholderAuthority
QualificationsElectionsVacancies
DutiesDivisionsCompensation
Historical officeholders
Contact informationSee also section
External links and references
TemplatesCategories
Officials:
InfoboxIntro sentence
BiographyPolitical career
Elections (Issue positions)
Campaign contributions
See also section
External links and references
Succession boxes
TemplatesCategories
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The project
See also: Ballotpedia:WikiProject State Executive Officials

Generic offices

For the general office articles, two categories are required. Pick one from each section:

  1. Office
    1. Example: Category:Controller
    2. Example: Category:Governor
  2. Category:Terms and definitions

Example: Insurance Commissioner's article includes the following two categories:

  1. Category:Insurance Commissioner
  2. Category:Terms and definitions

State executive offices

For current state offices two categories are required. Pick one from each section:

  1. State
    1. Example: Alabama
    2. Example: Kentucky
  2. Offices of the American (office)
    1. Example: Offices of the American agriculture commissioners
    2. Example: Offices of the American secretaries of state

Example: Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries's article includes the following two categories:

  1. Category:Alabama
  2. Category:Offices of the American agriculture commissioners

Special Circumstances: Some positions have various different titles across the different states. For example: Alabama Superintendent of Education vs. Delaware Secretary of Education. For such cases, use the following categories.

  • Superintendent of Schools -> Offices of the American state education executives
  • Auditors -> Offices of the American auditors
  • Land/Natural resources Commissioner -> Offices of the American natural resources commissioners
  • Labor Commissioner -> Offices of the American labor commissioners
  • Public Services -> Offices of the American public services commissioners

Officeholders

Current

For current officeholders (state incumbents) three categories are required. Pick one from each section:

  1. Current (Political party) (office)
    1. Example: Current Democratic secretary of state
    2. Example: Current Republican attorney general
    3. If the office is nonpartisan, use "Current nonpartisan (office)"
  2. Current (State) (office)
    1. Example: Current Kentucky secretary of state
    2. Example: Current Louisiana public services commissioner
  3. Current (office)
    1. Example: Current agriculture commissioners
    2. Example: Current natural resources commissioners

Example: Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes's article includes the following three categories:

  1. Category:Current Democratic secretary of state
  2. Category:Current Kentucky secretary of state
  3. Category:Current secretaries of state

Current AND running for re-election

If an incumbent is running for re-election (even if they are running for a different state executive position) add the {{Seocandidate}} template along with two additional categories:

  1. Political Party - choose one of the following:
    Category:Republican Party
    Category:Democratic Party
    Category:Libertarian Party
    Category:Constitution Party
    Category:Independent candidate
    Category:Nonpartisan
  2. State
    Example: Category:Alabama

Former

For former officeholders two categories are required. Pick one from each section:

  1. Former (Political party) (office)
    1. Example: Former Democratic governor
    2. Example: Former Republican attorney general
  2. Former (State) (office)
    1. Example: Former Hawaii governor
    2. Example: Former Georgia attorney general

Example: Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's article includes the following two categories:

  1. Category:Former New Mexico governor
  2. Category:Former Democratic governor

Candidates

Categories are one of the most important and complex components of a candidate's page. Not only do we need to capture a lot of information in the categories, but the status of candidates changes quickly as candidates withdraw from races, lose in the primary elections, et cetera. For each candidate or incumbent running for office, there are three components we need to add - two categories and one template. The template will, in turn, add several categories to each page.

Categories:

  1. State
    1. Example: Category:Delaware
  2. Political Party
    1. Example: Category:Republican Party

Template: {{Seocandidate}}

{{Seocandidate|Year=|Status=|Office=|Primary=|General=|Unopposedprimary=|Open=|New office=}}

Example

In 2011, Bobby Jindal was the incumbent Governor of Louisiana. He ran for re-election and won. The following template and categories were added to his page:

{{Seocandidate|Year=2011|Status=incumbent|Office=Gubernatorial|Primary=Y|General=W|Open=|New office=}}

There are a few special cases for candidates who never official file their candidacy, withdraw from races, or are disqualified from the ballot.
If a candidate withdraws from the race before the state's candidate filing deadline passes:

  • Remove {{Seocandidate}}
  • Keep the State and Party categories

If a candidate withdraws from the race after the state's filing deadline:

If a candidate filed for office but is disqualified from the ballot:

For example, Jim Wallace filed for Governor of Indiana in 2012 but was disqualified due to insufficient signatures. The categories on his page are:
[[Category:Republican Party]]
[[Category:Indiana]]
{{Seocandidate|Year=2012|Status=challenger|Office=Gubernatorial|Primary=|General=|Open=|New office=}}
[[Category:Gubernatorial candidate (Disqualified), 2012]]

See also