Democrats Barbara Buono and Milly Silva comprise only the third all-female gubernatorial ticket in the nation’s history.
The Huffington Post uncovered the nugget today in a story on Buono’s choice of Silva as a running mate.
The first all-woman ticket was in Illinois in 1994 when then-Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch ran with state Sen. Penny Severns. The Democratic duo lost by 29 points, a margin Buono hopes to avoid duplicating. In 1998, Jane Dee Hull (R) was elected governor of Arizona alongside Republican Betsey Bayless, who was elected secretary of state, Arizona’s second highest elected post. While they formed the only all-female one, two in U.S. history, they didn’t run together as the two posts are elected seprately.
In 1999, “Peppy” Martin and Wanda Cornelius ran for governor and lt. governor of Kentucky. The Republican pair lost to incumbent Governor Patton and Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry in a landslide.
PolitickerNJ was first to report that Buono had chosen Silva, a leader with the SEIU, as her running mate. Buono is set to make a formal announcement on Monday.