The Governor is elected by the citizens of Maryland to serve a four-year term. Eligible candidates for this office must be at least 30 years old as well as a resident and registered voter in Maryland for the five years preceding the election. The Governor is elected in the even-numbered years in which the election for President of the United States does not occur. As the Chief Executive of the State of Maryland, the Governor heads the executive branch of government, which includes all state executive departments and agencies, as well as advisory boards, commissions, committees, and task forces.