James Eugene "Jim" Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is an American Democratic politician who was the Democratic nominee for President in the 2012 Presidential election and was the Governor of Huron from 1999-2003, prohibited from succeeding himself by the Huron State Constitution. Elected as Mayor of Newmarket in 1987 at the age of 25, Carrey was the youngest mayor in the United States during his single term as Mayor. He served in the Huron State Senate from 1991 to 1998, resigning upon his election to the Governorship.
His victory in the 2012 Democratic primaries made him the first Democratic candidate from Huron, and marked the first time two men from the same state but different political parties have contested the Presidency in consecutive elections, as his successor as Governor, Patrick Mead, was the Nationalist candidate in 2008. On November 6, 2012, he gained 225 electoral votes, 80 votes short of the required 305 to win the Presidency.
Early Political Career
Mayor of Newmarket
When longtime Democratic state Senator Rob Plunkey resigned in 1990 to run for the House of Representatives, Carrey declared his candidacy for the Newmarket-based seat. 1990 was a watershed year for Huron Democrats as they won control of both Houses of the state legislature in addition to the Governorship and Carrey was easily elected over Nationalist challenger, lawyer Ron Baines.
In the state Senate, Carrey quickly emerged as one of the most reliably liberal members, rising to fame with a spirited exchange with state Senator Bill Brown, a Peterborough Nationalist over housing subsidies for the poor.