Wilson, Molinaro Will Not Run for Governor in 2018

Citing family obligations, businessman Harry Wilson announced this week that he will not run for New York governor in 2018. Some Republicans leaders considered Wilson, who served on President Obama’s task force that helped save the auto industry, to have the best chance of any GOP candidates to win the Governor’s race in November.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro also announced this week that he will not run for Governor in November.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra have both said that they plan to run for Governor this fall. State Senator John DeFrancisco of the Syracuse is also considering a run.

Independence Party Endorses Governor Cuomo for Re-Election

According to a news report, the state Independence Party has endorsed Governor Cuomo for re-election in 2018. The party previously endorsed him in the 2010 and 2014 elections.