Author

Brittony Maag

Brittony Maag is a staff writer at Ballotpedia. Contact us at editor@ballotpedia.org

Congressional filing period ends in Guam

On June 30, the filing deadline passed to run for U.S. Congress in Guam. The U.S. territory of Guam is represented in Congress by one at-large, non-voting member who is elected every two years. Guam’s current delegate is Michael F.Q. San Nicolas (D), who was first elected in 2018.
Rep. San Nicolas and two challengers filed for the seat. One, Robert Underwood, will be on the ballot with San Nicolas in the Democratic primary on August 29. William Castro is the other challenger, and as the only Republican in the race, he will automatically advance to the general election on November 3 and face the winner of the Democratic primary.
The origin of non-voting delegates in the U.S. House of Representatives dates back to the Continental Congress and the establishment of the Northwest Ordinance in 1787. Many territories would go on to become states, with Alaska and Hawaii being the most recent to do so in 1959. At that time, Puerto Rico was the only territory left with representation in Congress. Guam gained the right to elect a congressional delegate in 1972. Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands also elect non-voting delegates to Congress.


Candidate filing period for congressional races ends in Rhode Island

On June 24, the statewide filing deadline passed to run for U.S. Congress in Rhode Island. One U.S. Senate seat and both of Rhode Island’s U.S. House seats are up for election in 2020.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D) filed for re-election to his Class II Senate seat. He was first elected to the seat in 1996. On the U.S. House side, both incumbents—District 1 Rep. David Cicilline (D) and District 2 Rep. Jim Langevin (D)—filed for re-election. Cicilline was first elected to represent District 1 in 2010, and Langevin was elected to represent District 2 in 2000. The Rhode Island Secretary of State’s office is currently assessing the ballot qualifications of all filed candidates.

The primary is scheduled for September 8, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Rhode Island’s statewide filing deadline was the 48th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The final two statewide filing deadlines are in Delaware and Louisiana on July 14 and July 17, respectively.

Additional reading:



Two Massachusetts selectmen facing recall on June 27

In Kingston, Massachusetts, Selectmen Chairman Josh Warren and Selectman Elaine Fiore are facing a recall election on June 27. Both officials became the subject of a recall campaign stemming from their official response to an incident that occurred in January 2020 between another selectman and a town employee. Recall supporters, led by Kingston resident Peter Boncek, accused Warren and Fiore of nonfeasance and an inability to act in the best interests of their constituents. Warren responded that the board had launched a fact-finding inquiry into the January incident and hired an independent investigator who ultimately found both of the involved parties were at fault.

The recall effort was launched in January 2020 and petitioners successfully collected enough signatures to meet the required threshold of 20% of the town’s registered voters. On February 26, the Kingston Board of Registrars certified 2,053 signatures on Warren’s petition and 2,073 signatures on Fiore’s petition. After neither official resigned from their position, the Kingston Board of Selectman scheduled the recall election for June 27 to coincide with Kingston’s annual town elections.

In this case, the officials subject to a recall election are permitted to run in the replacement election for their seats in the event they are recalled. Both Warren and Fiore chose to run, so challenger Richard Arruda is facing Elaine Fiore in the replacement race for her seat, and challenger Kimberley Emberg is facing Joshua Warren in the replacement race for his seat.

Additional reading:


Candidate filing period for congressional races to end in Connecticut and New Hampshire

The statewide major-party filing deadlines to run for congressional offices in Connecticut and New Hampshire are approaching. Connecticut’s deadline is on June 11, and New Hampshire’s deadline is on June 12. Connecticut’s major-party deadline was originally scheduled for June 9, but Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) issued an executive order extending it by two days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prospective candidates in Connecticut may file for the following congressional offices:
• U.S. House (5 seats)

Prospective candidates in New Hampshire may file for the following congressional offices:
• U.S. Senate (1 seat)
• U.S. House (2 seats)

Connecticut’s primary is scheduled for August 11, and New Hampshire’s primary is scheduled for September 8. Both states’ general elections are scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Connecticut’s filing deadline is the 46th and New Hampshire’s deadline is the 47th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on June 24 in Rhode Island.

Additional reading:



Candidate filing period for state executive and legislative races ends in Vermont and Wyoming

The filing deadlines to run for state-level offices in Vermont and Wyoming have passed. Vermont’s deadline was on May 28, and Wyoming’s deadline was on May 29.

In Vermont, prospective candidates filed for the following state offices:
• Governor
• Lieutenant Governor
• Secretary of State
• Auditor
• Attorney General
• Treasurer
• Vermont State Senate (30 seats)
• Vermont House of Representatives (150 seats)

In Wyoming, prospective candidates filed for the following state legislative offices:
• Wyoming State Senate (15 seats)
• Wyoming House of Representatives (60 seats)

Wyoming is also holding retention elections for two state Supreme Court justices on November 3, 2020.

Vermont’s primary is scheduled for August 11, and Wyoming’s primary is scheduled for August 18. The general elections in both states are scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Vermont’s statewide filing deadline was the 39th and Wyoming’s deadline was the 40th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadlines are on June 1 in Alaska, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

Wyoming has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. Vermont has a divided government where no party holds a trifecta.

Additional reading:



Candidate filing period to run for state executive and legislative races to end in Vermont and Wyoming

 

The statewide filing deadlines to run for state-level offices in Vermont and Wyoming are approaching. Vermont’s deadline is on May 28 and Wyoming’s deadline is on May 29.

In Vermont, prospective candidates may file for the following offices:
• Governor
• Lieutenant Governor
• Secretary of State
• Auditor
• Attorney General
• Treasurer
• Vermont State Senate (30 seats)
• Vermont House of Representatives (150 seats)

In Wyoming, prospective candidates may file for the following offices:
• Wyoming State Senate (15 seats)
• Wyoming House of Representatives (60 seats)

Wyoming is also holding retention elections for two state Supreme Court justices on November 3, 2020.

Vermont’s primary is scheduled for August 11, and Wyoming’s primary is scheduled for August 18. The general elections in both states are scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Vermont’s statewide filing deadline is the 39th and Wyoming’s deadline is the 40th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadlines are on June 1 in Alaska, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

Wyoming has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. Vermont has a divided government where no party holds a trifecta.

Additional reading:



Candidate filing period for state-level races ends in Washington state

On May 15, the statewide filing deadline passed to run for elected office in Washington state. Candidates filed for the following state-level offices:

State Executive
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Commissioner of Public Lands
  • Treasurer
  • Auditor
  • Commissioner of Insurance
State Legislative
  • Washington State Senate (25 seats)
  • Washington House of Representatives (98 seats)
State Judicial
  • Washington Supreme Court (4 seats)
  • Washington Court of Appeals (8 seats)

The primary is scheduled for August 4, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Washington’s statewide filing deadline was the 38th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on May 28 in Vermont.

Washington has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

Additional reading:


Candidate filing period for state-level races to end in Washington

The statewide filing deadline to run for elected office in Washington is on May 15, 2020. Prospective candidates may file for the following state-level offices:

State executive
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Commissioner of Public Lands
  • Treasurer
  • Auditor
  • Commissioner of Insurance
State legislative
  • Washington State Senate (25 seats)
  • Washington House of Representatives (98 seats)
State judicial
  • Washington Supreme Court (4 seats)
  • Washington Court of Appeals (8 seats)

The primary is scheduled for August 4, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Washington’s statewide filing deadline is the 38th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on May 28 in Vermont.

Washington has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.



Extended candidate filing period for congressional races to end in Michigan

The statewide filing deadline to run for congressional offices in Michigan is on May 8, 2020. The filing period was originally set to end on April 21, but the deadline was extended by court order in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To qualify for the extended May 8 deadline, congressional candidates must have filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission or formed a candidate committee under Michigan state law on or before March 10. The order also permits candidates to collect and submit signatures electronically. A provision reducing the required number of signatures by 50% is the subject of a pending appeal.

Prospective candidates in Michigan may file for the following congressional offices:
  • U.S. Senate (1 seat)
  • U.S. House (14 seats)

Michigan’s primary is scheduled for August 4, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Michigan’s extended deadline is the 37th congressional filing deadline to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next is on May 15 in Washington.

Additional reading:


Candidate filing period passes for congressional races in Florida

The filing deadline to run for congressional office in Florida is April 24. Neither of Florida’s two U.S. Senate seats are up for election in 2020. All 27 of Florida’s U.S. House seats are up for election. The incumbents filed for re-election in 25 of those 27 districts, leaving two seats open. The incumbents who filed for re-election include:

  • District 1: Matt Gaetz (R)
  • District 2: Neal Dunn (R)
  • District 4: John Rutherford (R)
  • District 5: Alfred Lawson (D)
  • District 6: Michael Waltz (R)
  • District 7: Stephanie Murphy (D)
  • District 8: Bill Posey (R)
  • District 9: Darren Soto (D)
  • District 10: Val Demings (D)
  • District 11: Daniel Webster (R)
  • District 12: Gus Bilirakis (R)
  • District 13: Charlie Crist (D)
  • District 14: Kathy Castor (D)
  • District 15: Ross Spano (R)
  • District 16: Vern Buchanan (R)
  • District 17: Greg Steube (R)
  • District 18: Brian Mast (R)
  • District 20: Alcee Hastings (D)
  • District 21: Lois Frankel (D)
  • District 22: Ted Deutch (D)
  • District 23: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
  • District 24: Frederica Wilson (D)
  • District 25: Mario Diaz-Balart (R)
  • District 26: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D)
  • District 27: Donna Shalala (D)

District 3 Representative Ted Yoho (R), who is currently serving his fourth term in the House, did not file for re-election. In December 2019, he announced he would not seek re-election because of his pledge not to serve more than four terms. District 19 Representative Francis Rooney (R), who is currently serving his second term in the House, also did not file for re-election. In October 2019, he announced he would not seek re-election and said, “I’ve done what I came to do, and I want to be a model for term limits.”

Florida’s primary is scheduled for August 18. The general election is on November 3, 2020.

Florida’s filing deadline was the 36th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is in Massachusetts on May 5, which is the deadline for candidates to file with local election officials.

Additional reading:


Bitnami