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It is easy to be distracted by the crazy wildfire that is the 2016 presidential election.  The White House is not the only house we have to worry about filing with our party’s candidates. What about the Governor’s Mansions around the country?

More than any president, the actions of your local representatives, including your governor, affect your everyday life.  That’s why we need to remember that no matter how much we may dislike Trump or Hillary, you should still go to the polls and cast your vote for your local races. Your life truly does depend on it. Here are the gubernatorial races happening this November.

1) Delaware

The First State will be choosing between Representative John Carney, representing the Democratic Party, and State Senator Colin Bonini, representing the Republican Party, this November. Their incumbent governor, Democrat Jack Markell cannot run for re-election due to term limits.

2) Indiana

The Hoosier State’s gubernatorial race got a shake up when incumbent Republican Mike Pence announced he would not be running for re-election and would instead be running for vice-president on the Trump ticket. The state party replaced him on the ballot with Lt. Gov Eric Holcomb who will be running against Democratic challenger and former state House Speaker, John Gregg.

3) Missouri

This November, the Show Me State will say goodbye to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, who has reached his term limit. They will choose between former Navy Seal and nonprofit CEO Republican Eric Greitens and Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster.

4) Montana

The incumbent governor of the Treasure State,  Democrat Steve Bullock, is seeking re-election, but he will have to beat businessman Greg Gianforte, the Republican challenger, to keep his seat.

5) New Hampshire

The Granite State is in for some change as incumbent governor, Democrat Maggie Hassan has decided not to pursue re-election and instead run for the senate seat currently held by Kelly Ayotte.  Executive councilors Colin Van Ostern, Democrat and Chris Sununu, Republican will vie for the seat Hassan currently holds.

6) North Carolina

The Tar Heel State is in for a bitter November, regardless of the weather, as embattled incumbent Pat McCrory defends his seat amongst controversy over the “Bathroom Bill.” He will face Democrat Attorney General Ray Cooper in what is expected to be a close race.

7) North Dakota

The incumbent governor of the Peace Garden State, Republican Jack Dalrymple, is not running for re-election this term, and either former Microsoft Executive Doug Burgum, Republican, or State Representative Marvin Nelson, Democrat, will fill his vacated seat.

8) Oregon

The Beaver State is special this year, as they are holding a special election this November to see who will finish the two and some change year term left when Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber resigned. The seat is currently filled by Kitzhaber’s Secretary of State, Kate Brown, who is fighting to keep the seat against Republican challenger and physician Bud Pierce.

9) Utah

Incumbent Republican Governor Gary Herbert of the Beehive State is seeking re-election, and believed to be a strong likelihood against Democratic competitor Mike Weinholtz, a businessman.

10) Vermont

The Green Mountain State is in for a change as Democratic Governor Pete Shumlin retires. Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott are vying for his seat in a close race.

11) Washington

Republicans have their work cut out for them in the Evergreen State, where no Republican has won a gubernatorial race since 1980. Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant is trying to break the streak as he faces incumbent Democratic Governor Jay Inslee.

12) West Virginia

Change is brewing in the Mountain State, as Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has been term-limited out of office. Democratic Businessman Jim Justice is hoping to hold the Governor’s Mansions for Democrats for another term.  State Senate President Bill Cole is trying to win the Governor’s Mansion for Republicans for the first time since 2000.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member