Key Gubernatorial Races, Role of the Governor; Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss

Kristoffer Shields, assistant research professor and historian at the Rutgers-Eagleton Center on the American Governor, is available to discuss key gubernatorial races and the importance of a governor’s role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

“Eleven states will select governors this year,” said Shields. “While the gubernatorial races may be under the radar, the job has never been more important. Governors have taken a lead role in the nation’s COVID-19 response. The pandemic, including related economic challenges, is overwhelmingly the top issue on the ballot this November. Most of this year’s gubernatorial elections feature strong favorites, but any surprises–or even surprisingly close races–on Election Day may be a signal of how voters view the response in their state, a signal that could shape crucial future public policy as the pandemic continues.”

Shields researches and analyzes the office of the governor in a national context. He is the co-author of From Candidate to Governor-Elect: Recommendations for Gubernatorial Transitions.

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