Primaries Settle Slates of Open Governor Seats
By Pamela M. Prah, Staff Writer
Primaries this week filled in the final blanks in the slate of candidates running for governor in 11 states this November, including Washington, one of five states where the race is wide open because the incumbent governor isn't running in the general election.
In Tuesday's contests in New England, first-term Republican Govs. Jim Douglas of Vermont and Craig Benson of New Hampshire won their Sept. 14 primaries. Douglas, who ran uncontested in the primary, will face Democrat Peter Clavelle, the mayor of Burlington, Vt. Benson's challenger is New Hampshire businessman John Lynch, a Democrat. Both states have two-year terms.
In Washington, voters will choose between State Attorney General Christine Gregoire (D), who won Tuesday's primary against King County Executive Ron Sims, and Republican Dino Rossi, former state senator. Washington Gov. Gary Locke (D) opted not to seek re-election after two terms.
Govs. Judy Martz (R) of Montana and Bob Wise (D) of West Virginia likewise did not seek re-election.
Races in two other states Missouri and Utah also are up for grabs because the sitting governors there Govs. Bob Holden (D) and Olene Walker (R) -- were defeated in earlier rounds.
Here is a complete rundown of the candidates for the nation's 11 governors' races.
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (D)
Bill Lee (R) - Retired Superior Court Judge and '00 candidate
Frank Infante (Ind) - Bar owner and smoking rights advocate
Gov. Joe Kernan (D)
Mitch Daniels (R) Former director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Gov. Bob Holden (D) - defeated in the Aug. 3 primary
Claire McCaskill (D) - State auditor
Matt Blunt (R) - Secretary of State
Gov. Judy Martz (R) - Not seeking re-election
Bob Brown (R) - Secretary of State, former state senator
Brian Schweitzer (D) Farmer and '00 U.S. Senate candidate
Gov. Craig Benson (R)
John Lynch (D) - businessman, former chair of the University System Board of Trustees
Gov. Mike Easley (D)
Patrick Ballantine (R) - state senator, attorney
Gov. John Hoeven (R)
Joe Satrom (D) - Former state senator and state tourism director
Gov. Olene Walker (R) (defeated at state party convention)
Jon Huntsman Jr. (R) - Businessman and former U.S. ambassador
Scott Matheson Jr. (D) - Law School dean
Gov. Jim Douglas (R)
Peter Clavelle (D) - Serving seventh term as mayor of Burlington
Gov. Gary Locke (D) - Not seeking re-election
Dino Rossi (R) - State senator and realtor
Christine Gregoire (D) - Attorney General
Gov. Bob Wise (D) - Not seeking re-election
Joe Manchin III (D) Secretary of state, former state senator and state delegate.
Monty Warner (R) - Developer, brother of State GOP chair Kris Warner