2017’s Gubernatorial Races

There will be only two elections for governor across the United States in 2017. In Virginia, voters are forced to elect a new governor because of their law preventing governors to run for consecutive terms. In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie struggles with basement-level approval ratings and has opted to step aside as the state’s chief executive. Below, see a summary of the major candidates from both parties and resources to learn more about the races.

Virginia

Race overview: http://wtop.com/virginia/2017/01/theyre-off-campaigns-underway-in-race-for-va-governor/

Republicans

Ed Gillespie

Political Consultant and GOP Nominee for Senate in 2014

Corey Stewart

Staunch Trump Supporter and Chairman - Prince William County Board of Supervisors

Frank Wagner

State Senator and Former CEO of Davis Boat Works

Denver Riggleman

Former Air Force Officer and Owner of Silverback Distillery

Democrats

Ralph Northam

Lieutenant Governor and Pediatric Neurologist at CHKD

Tom Perriello

Attorney and Former Congressman - VA-05

New Jersey

Race overview: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/01/17/guadagno-launches-gubernatorial-campaign/

Republicans

Jack Ciattarelli

Assemblyman - NJ-16 and Owner of Galen Publishing

Joseph Rudy Rullo

Staunch Trump Supporter, Actor, and Business Owner

Democrats

Phil Murphy

Former Goldman Sachs Executive and Former US Ambassador to Germany

Bill Brennan

Liberal Political Activist and Former Firefighter

Jim Johnson

Former US Undersecretary of the Treasury