More CEOs Have Political Aspirations This Campaign Season

Other House candidates, all Republicans, include Dan Logue, a realty owner and state legislator from Yuba City, Calif., who’s running in the 3rd Congressional District in his state; Elise Stefanik, an executive of family owned Premium Plywood Products in upstate New York, who’s on the GOP ticket in the 21st Congressional District; and David Rouzer, owner of a grease-products distributorship in North Carolina, who’s running in his state’s 7th Congressional District.

“The nation’s economic slump—and candidates’ frustrations with what governments are doing these days—continue to make more of them believe they can, and should, make a difference.”

Many other candidates this fall are incumbents who retain or had business ownership. Florida is typical in that regard. Incumbents such as Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, and GOP Congressman Steve Sutherland, have distanced themselves from their companies for the time being, but bring a business chief’s thinking to their political offices.

Meanwhile, Florida also is typical in how entrepreneurs tend to populate the ranks of candidates for state-level offices, including Julio Gonzalez, a physician who owns his medical practice, and Jay Fant, a bank owner.

Business chiefs can be frustrated by the political process, both campaigning and once they may win office. But their records of accomplishment, the nation’s economic slump—and their frustrations with so much of what governments are doing these days—continue to make more of them believe they can, and should, make a difference, so they run for office.