The dust has barely settled on this year’s 2017 legislative session and already talk has started on next year’s gubernatorial race. While current governor Andrew Cuomo has said publicly that he intends to run for a third term, several political observers have noted that the “third time is rarely the charm,” especially if Governor Cuomo has his sights set on the 2020 Presidential campaign.
With his approval rating slipping, potential challengers have started to surface. Republican State Senator John DeFrancisco from Syracuse has announced that he has formed an exploratory committee. Stephanie Miner, the Democratic Mayor of Syracuse, has also expressed an interest in the office. (She is term-limited as Mayor.) And Terry Gipson, a former State Senator, also appears to be another possible Democratic challenger.
The New York Times offers an interesting analysis of possible challengers to the Governor and why he may be vulnerable.