United States gubernatorial elections, 2017
United States gubernatorial elections will be held on November 7, 2017 in two states. These elections form part of the 2017 United States elections. The last regular gubernatorial elections for these two states were in 2013.
|State||Incumbent||Party||First elected||Incumbent status||Candidates|
|New Jersey||Chris Christie||Republican||2009||Term-limited|| Randy Brown (R)|
Ray Lesniak (D)
|Virginia||Terry McAuliffe||Democratic||2013||Term-limited|| Ed Gillespie (R)|
Rob Wittman (R)
Corey Stewart (R)
Ralph Northam (D)
Term-limited Democratic incumbent
Terry McAuliffe (Virginia)
Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. Attorney General Mark Herring, who had been considered a strong potential candidate, is instead seeking re-election as attorney general in 2017.
Already declared Republican candidates include former chairman of the Republican National Committee and 2014 United States Senate nominee Ed Gillespie, U.S. Representative Rob Wittman, and Chairman of Prince William County and candidate for Lt Governor in 2013 Corey Stewart. State Senator and 2013 Attorney General nominee Mark Obenshain, who had been considered a strong potential candidate, ultimately decided against running. Other potential Republican candidates include former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, former U.S. Representative and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, U.S. Representative Randy Forbes, State Senator Frank Wagner, 2013 Lieutenant Governor candidate Pete Snyder, and former State Senator Jeff McWaters.
Term-limited Republican incumbent
Chris Christie (New Jersey)
Evesham Township Mayor Randy Brown successfully ran for re-election in 2014 and stated that he plans to run for Governor. Potential Republican candidates include Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, former Attorney General and former U.S Senator Jeffrey Chiesa, Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera and state legislators Thomas Kean, Jr., Joseph Rullo, Sean T. Kean, Jon Bramnick, Joe Kyrillos, Michael J. Doherty and Jay Webber.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, businessman and former United States Ambassador to Germany Philip D. Murphy, and State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney have been cited in multiple news articles as the leading contenders for the Democratic nomination, and have been "laying the groundwork" as early as 2014. Montclair Deputy Mayor Robert Russo announced in June 2014 that he would forgo re-election in 2016 in order to run for governor. Longtime State Senator Ray Lesniak announced in August 2015 that he would not run for re-election in 2017, but that he might decide to run for governor.
Other potential Democratic candidates include 2013 nominee and former State Senator Barbara Buono, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, former U.S. Representative Rush Holt, Essex County Executive Joe DiVicenzo, state senator and former Governor Richard Codey and state legislators Sheila Oliver, Louis Greenwald, Jim Whelan, Troy Singleton, Linda R. Greenstein, John Wisniewski and John F. McKeon.
On November 16, 2016, state assemblyman John Wisniewski officially declared his candidacy.
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