Big changes in store for state CIOs after 2018 elections

StateScoop: As 36 states elect governors on Tuesday, one wave about to crash down is a dramatic change in information technology leadership and policy. With 17 current governors leaving office, and perhaps another half-dozen incumbents facing serious challengers, the 2018 elections could clear the path for the biggest shakeup in state IT policy since 2010, when Republicans swept into power in 32 states.

Many of the governors first elected that year are due to step down and Democrats predicted to recapture the top jobs in states like Michigan, Illinois and New Mexico. Plus there are another dozen races considered toss-ups, and altogether it means many states will enter 2019 with new chief executives — and, as a likely result, new chief information officers.

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