FL-Gov: Ex-Rep. Gwen Graham (D) is apparently close to formally announcing a run for governor. She said she would make an announcement about whether she plan to run “soon”, defining soon as something between tomorrow and two more months. A big obstacle to her running was recently removed as her husband, undergoing cancer treatment, was told his cancer was in remission. Two Democrats are already running-Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and businessman Chris King, and trial lawyer John Morgan is also considering running.
GA-Gov: State Sen. Burt Jones (R) is considering joining the race for governor. LG Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp are already running on the Republican side. Jones was a former team captain for the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team in 2002. He says he intends to make a decision about running in the next couple of months
OH-Gov: Ex-Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) is holding a town hall in Dayton on Monday, fueling speculation he may be interested in running for governor. The town hall will follow a press conference in Columbus earlier in the day to discuss “the impact of privatization on Ohio’s public schools.” Although Kucinich’s name has not been discussed much in connection with the race, Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball website mentioned him yesterday as someone “looming in the background” of the race.
OK-Gov: State Rep. Scott Inman (D) announced yesterday he is joining the race for governor. Inman, who is term-limited out of the House, joined former state Sen. Connie Johnson (D) and retired auto mechanic Norman Brown in the Democratic primary. LG Todd Lamb (R), State Auditor Gary Jones (R) and attorney Gary Richardson are running on the Republican side.
MD-6: State House Majority Leader William Frick (D) has begun raising money for a congressional run in anticipation of Rep. John Delaney (D) potentially vacating the seat to run for governor. Although he has filed paperwork to raise money for the race, he has not filed to be on the ballot yet.
NE-2: Ex-Rep. Brad Ashford (D) says either he or his wife, Ann will run for Congress against Rep. Don Bacon (R) next year. He says “One of us is running next year. And you can take that to the bank.” Right now, he says his wife is leaning towards running. The two Ashfords have one thing in common-both are former Republicans. Brad was a registered Republican and later an independent while serving in the Legislature and then became a Democrat after leaving. Ann was a registered Republican until changing her registration at the end of last year after voting for Hillary Clinton.
NM-1: Two Democrats announced bids yesterday for this open seat. Albuquerque city councilman Pat Davis, who also is executive director of liberal group Progress Now New Mexico joined former University of New Mexico law professor Antoinette Sedillo Lopez in announcing their intentions to run for the seat left open by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), who is running for governor.
UT-3: It appears Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), who already announced on Wednesday that he wouldn’t seek re-election next year, may not even serve out the rest of his term. Chaffetz said during an interview with a local radio talk show that he is considering leaving office early. The situation would present a difficult scenario-state law is unclear about the process for holding a special congressional election. State law only says that in case of a vacancy, the governor shall call for a special election. No timetable or process is spelled out. The last time a vacancy in a congressional seat in Utah occurred was in December 1929, and in that case the special election was not held until the next scheduled general election in November 1930. Utah has gone the 3rd longest period of time without a special congressional election behind Delaware(1900) and Idaho, which has never held a special congressional election since statehood in 1890.
VA-10: State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D) announced yesterday that she is challenging Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) next year. Wexton is the 4th Democrat to join the race, and the one many Democrats think has the best chance of beating Comstock. She joins Army veteran Daniel Helmer, former Obama Administration official Lindsey Davis Stover and former Fairfax County teacher’s union president Kimberly Adams. Others, including Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) are thinking about running.
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OK-LG: Former OK Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell announced yesterday he plans to run for Lieutenant Governor. Pinnell served as state Republican Party Chairman during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles and was the youngest state GOP chairman in the country at the time.
Omaha Mayor: Women’s rights groups are criticizing the DNC for holding an event in Omaha featuring mayoral candidate Heath Mello (D) because Mello voted for pro-life bills as a state senator. The Daily Kos has also withdrawn their endorsement of Mello after discovering his voting record on the issue.
UK-general election: Former UKIP Leader Nigel Farage says he will not stand as a candidate in the upcoming general election. He considered running for UKIP in Clacton, where MP Douglas Carswell announced that he will not run for re-election. Carswell was UKIP’s only MP before leaving the party to sit as an independent earlier this year. Farage has failed 7 times previously in being elected to Parliament. He also predicted the Tories would win a large majority and knowing that fact would allow UKIP voters to vote their conscience.