Posted at Ballot Access News. Reposted to IPR by Paulie.
Two states elect Governors in November 2009, Virginia and New Jersey.
In Virginia, the only known minor party or independent candidate currently petitioning is Glenda Gail Parker of the Independent Green Party. The party had tried to persuade Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals Ice Hockey team, to be its candidate, but he declined. The petition deadline is in June.
In New Jersey, where the petition deadline is also in June, there are two independent candidates who have received a fair amount of press attention. They are Christopher Daggett and Reverend Shannon Wright. Daggett is a former regional director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Reagan, and headed New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Thomas Kean. Shannon Wright had been Campaign Manager for a Republican gubernatorial candidate, Franklin Mayor Brian Levine. However, Levine failed to collect 1,000 signatures of registered Republicans, so he is off the ballot for the June primary, and that motivated Wright to enter the race as an independent.
The only minor party gubernatorial candidates so far are Angela Lariscy of the Socialist Workers Party, and Greg Pason of the Socialist Party. The New Jersey Conservative Party has endorsed one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates, Steve Lonegan (it was Lonegan who challenged the petitions of Brian Levine). The Libertarian Party state convention, held March 31, did not nominate anyone for governor. The Green Party and the Constitution Party have not named any gubernatorial candidate, although since only 800 valid signatures are needed for minor party and independent candidates, such candidates might still emerge. Thanks to IndependentPoliticalReport for the news about Christopher Daggett.