Kelli Sobonya

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Kelli Sobonya
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West Virginia House of Delegates District 18
Incumbent
In office
2002-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 12
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolAmbridge High School
Personal
BirthdayJuly 13, 1963
Place of birthIronton, OH
ProfessionRealtor
ReligionChristian - Church of Christ
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kelli Sobonya campaign logo
CandidateVerification
Kelli Sobonya (b. July 13, 1963) is a Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 18. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Sobonya received her Diploma from Ambridge High School. She went on to receive her Certification in Computer Science from the Institute of Computer Management in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1982.

Sobonya has worked as an Administrative Assistant for Covenant School and for Ashland Oil, Incorporated from 1983 to 1987. She was a Managed Care Coordinator for the Department of Family and Community Health at the Marshall University School of Medicine from 1988 to 1995. She has also been the owner of Gym Factory Tumble Jungle, Incorporated from 1988 to 2005. From 1996 to 2007, Sobonya was a Realtor for Metro Properties, and has worked as a Realtor for Century 21 Home and Land Incorporated since 2007.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sobonya served on the following committees:

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Industry and Labor, Minority Chair
Judiciary
Senior Citizen Issues
Health and Human Resources
Rules

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sobonya served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sobonya served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Sobonya's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

West Virginia Conservatives Values

  • Excerpt: "Kelli believes in the sanctity of marriage and through her past lobbying efforts, helped with the passage of D.O.M.A. (Defense of Marriage Act) that defines marriage between man and woman only."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Kelli opposes cuts to public and higher education funding and supports efforts that address recruitment, retention and annual experience increments for faculty."

Delegate Kelli Sobonya Is Working Hard Providing Dedicated Leadership For Our Hardworking West Virginia Families!

  • Excerpt: "Kelli believes we need to streamline government to make it more efficient and cost-effective. Government should be better, not bigger. While government's role is not to create jobs, we can create a better atmosphere for job creation."

Seniors

  • Excerpt: "West Virginia has the oldest population

by age in the nation and we must make seniors a top priority by addressing health care, housing, prescription costs." Veterans

  • Excerpt: "Kelli believes we need to increase our efforts in creating statewide nursing homes for Veterans."

Elections

2014

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia House of Delegates will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Billy Chaffin II defeated Joe Hutchinson in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Kelli Sobonya was unopposed in the Republican primary. Chaffin will face Sobonya in the general election.[3][4]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 18 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBilly Chaffin II 66.1% 666
Joe Hutchinson 33.9% 341
Total Votes 1,007

2012

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Sobonya ran for re-election in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 18. Sobonya ran unopposed in the May 8 primary election and defeated Billy J. Chaffin, II in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKelli Sobonya Incumbent 69.3% 4,624
     Democratic Billy Chaffin 30.7% 2,044
Total Votes 6,668

2010

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2010

Sobonya was re-elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates District 16. She was one of four candidates running for the three District 16 Delegate positions on the ballot in the November 2, 2010, general election. Only the three top vote-getters were elected.[8][9][10]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 15 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kelli Sobonya (R) 10,026 29.78%
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Reynolds (D) 8,900 26.43%
Green check mark transparent.png Dale Stephens (D) 8,074 23.98%
Tomma Anne See (R) 6,669 19.81%
West Virginia State Senate, District 16 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kelli Sobonya (R) 2,213 22.89%
Green check mark transparent.png Tomma Anne See (R) 1,222 12.64%

2008

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2008

In 2008, Sobonya was re-elected to the West Virginia House District 16. Sobonya (R) finished with 12,071 votes. She finished behind Douglas Reynolds (D) who had 12,462 votes and ahead of Dale Stephens (D) with 11,482 votes and Amy Herrenkohl (D) with 9,476 votes.[11] Sobonya raised $34,423 for her campaign fund.[12]

West Virginia House District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Reynolds (D) 12,462
Green check mark transparent.png Kelli Sobonya (R) 12,071
Green check mark transparent.png Dale Stephens (D) 11,482
Amy Herrenkohl (D) 9,476

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sobonya is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Sobonya raised a total of $162,490 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 26, 2013.[13]

Kelli Sobonya's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State House, District 18 Won $28,902
2010 West Virginia State House, District 16 Won $26,754
2008 West Virginia State House, District 16 Won $34,423
2006 West Virginia State House, District 16 Won $28,303
2004 West Virginia State House, District 16 Won $25,650
2002 West Virginia State House, District 16 Won $13,482
2000 West Virginia State House, District 16 Defeated $4,976
Grand Total Raised $162,490

2012

Sobonya won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2012. During that election cycle, Sobonya raised a total of $28,902.
West Virginia House of Delegates 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kelli Sobonya's campaign in 2012
Cmte to Re-elect Kelli Sobonya 2010$3,627
American Electric Power$2,000
West Virginia Association of Realtors$2,000
CSX Transportation$1,500
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$28,902
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sobonya won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2010. During that election cycle, Sobonya raised a total of $26,754.

2008

Sobonya won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2008. During that election cycle, Sobonya raised a total of $34,423.

2006

Sobonya won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2006. During that election cycle, Sobonya raised a total of $28,303.

2004

Sobonya won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2004. During that election cycle, Sobonya raised a total of $25,650.

2002

Sobonya won election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2002. During that election cycle, Sobonya raised a total of $13,482.

2000

Sobonya lost the election for the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2000. During that election cycle, Sobonya raised a total of $4,976.

Personal

Sobonya and her husband, Ed, have two children.

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2014

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