Open main menu

A star candidate (fr:candidat vedette) refers to a high-profile individual who has been recruited as a candidate by a political party. Star candidates have usually excelled in fields outside politics such as academia, business, the media, journalism and/or sports. They are also either retired high-profile politicians who have been lured back into politics or a big-city mayor or provincial premier/state governor who has been convinced to enter federal politics, or former politicians that have been lured to run at another level to attain high-profile positions at that level.

Contents

Canada (federal-level)Edit

2015 federal electionEdit

2011 federal electionEdit

Canadian federal by-elections, 2010Edit

Canadian federal by-elections, 2009Edit

2008 federal electionEdit

Canadian federal by-elections, 2008Edit

Canadian federal by-elections, 2007Edit

2006 electionEdit

2004 electionEdit

In the 2004 Canadian federal election, the media used the term "star candidate" frequently because Liberal leader Paul Martin changed the nomination process to allow him to handpick his preferred candidates.

Past electionsEdit

Star candidates in past elections include:

Canada (provincial-level)Edit

The following individuals have been touted as "star candidates" in provincial elections.

AlbertaEdit

British ColumbiaEdit

Newfoundland and LabradorEdit

OntarioEdit

QuebecEdit

United States (federal-level)Edit

Star candidates are often touted as such at all levels except when running for the offices of President or Vice President. At a congressional level (either House or Senate) they are often big-city mayors or high-profile state politicians that have been lured by their supporters within the party to run at that level. They can also be people who excelled in business, the media, academics or sports.

HouseEdit

  • Clay Aiken, D-NC2, 2014, philanthropist, singer-songwriter, actor, author - defeated
  • Sonny Bono, R-CA44, 1994, singer, musician, songwriter, producer, actor - elected
  • Jim Bunning, R-KY4, 1986, baseball player - elected
  • Heath Shuler, D-NC11, 2006, NFL quarterback - elected
  • Shirley Temple, R-CA11, 1967, film actress and TV actress/entertainer - defeated

SenateEdit

United States (state-level)Edit

As with Canada, they are also either retired high-profile politicians who have been lured back into politics or a city-level politician who has been convinced to enter state politics. Or former politicians that have been lured to run at state level to attain high-profile positions at that level (e.g. Governor)

CaliforniaEdit

MinnesotaEdit