2023 may be an off-year for elections, but there’s still going to be plenty of campaigning happening in the coming months. Here are some elections to put on your radar as you start filling out your fresh 2023 calendar.
Governors — Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi are holding gubernatorial elections next year. (That’s 1/12 of how many were held this year!)
We’ve seen the most action so far in Kentucky, with incumbent Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear filing for reelection in hopes of a second term earlier this month. A crowded GOP field has already formed, including Trump-endorsed Attorney General Daniel Cameron, GOP donor and former U.N. ambassador during the Trump administration Kelly Craft, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon, state Rep. Savannah Maddox and Somerset Mayor Alan Keck, among others. Beshear is one of the most popular governors in the country, and has millions of dollars in the bank.
Kentucky’s filing deadline is Jan. 6, and the primary is May 16.
In Mississippi, incumbent first-term Republican Gov. Tate Reeves (one of the more unpopular governors in the country) hasn’t announced if he’s running for reelection yet. The candidate pool is looking a little stagnant as of now, as candidates can’t qualify for state offices until Jan. 3. Republican Secretary of State Michael Watson is reportedly considering a run, and Democratic Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley’s name has been floatedas a potential candidate. The filing deadline is Feb. 1, and the primary is set for Aug. 8.
And you’ll have to wait a little longer for Louisiana, whose filing deadline is Aug. 10. The primary is scheduled for Oct. 14. Incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is term-limited. Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry, the first to enter the race, has earned the backing of the state’s Republican party, and Republican Sen. John Kennedy has said he’s seriously considering a bid. Republican Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said he’ll announce his decision in early January. Democratic Secretary of Transportation Shawn Wilson hasn’t announced, but could be Democrats’ hope for holding the governorship….
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