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|Governor of West Virginia|
Johnson was a Mountain Party candidate for the West Virginia gubernatorial election on October 4, 2011. At the Mountain Party's May 1, 2011 convention, he withdrew his name to allow Bob Henry Baber a unanimous nomination.
- a moratorium on drilling in the Marcellus shale until a health impact study was completed
- a plan to cover the state's unfunded liabilities, though Johnson refused to discuss the plan until after he won the primary; " I have a plan that will cover that unfunded liabilities. I have a plan to cover all unfunded liabilities for the state. Unfortunately, right now, I can’t unveil that to you until after May 1 when I have won the nomination. Then, I intend to unleash those plans for the public."
- continued support for collective bargaining for teachers
- legalizing marijuana as part of "revamping" drug policy
- public financing of elections
- restoration of the "Fairness Doctrine"
|Governor of West Virginia General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Earl Ray Tomblin Incumbent||50.4%||284,758|
|Election Results via West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.|
Johnson was unopposed for the May 14 primary election.
Johnson was defeated as one of seven candidates running for three positions in District 32 on the ballot in the November 2, 2010 general election. His opponents in the general election were Republican incumbents Tim Armstead, Patrick Lane, Ronald Walters; Democrats Charles Black, Clint Casto, and Scott Lavigne. The top three vote-getters were elected. 
Johnson lost the election to the position of Governor of West Virginia in 2012. During that election cycle, Johnson raised a total of $325.
|Governor of West Virginia 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jesse Johnson's campaign in 2012|
|James F. Hores||$100|
|Gary R. Zuckett||$100|
|Charlotte Jean Pritt||$25|
|Total Raised in 2012||$325|
|Source:Follow the Money|
- West Virginia Mountain Party Bio, Jesse Johnson
- Biography on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign website
- Official list of West Virginia's November 2, 2010 candidates
- West Virginia House of Delegates official candidate list
- Governor of West Virginia
- West Virginia gubernatorial election, 2012
- West Virginia state executive official elections, 2012