Nevada State Senate District 8

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Nevada State Senate District 8
Current incumbentPatricia Farley Republican Party
Race69.80% White, 8.62% Black, 1.25% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 14.48% Asian, 1.20% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 5.04% Some other race alone, 4.84% Two or More Races[1]
Ethnicity85.07% Not Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 14.93% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
Voting age77.90% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Nevada's eighth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Patricia Farley.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 128,218 civilians reside within Nevada's eighth state senate district.[2] Nevada state senators represent an average of 128,598 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 94,679 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Nevada State Senate serve four-year terms with term limits.[5] Nevada legislators assume office the day after the election. The Nevada legislature is biennial, convening only in odd-numbered years.


To be eligible to serve in the Nevada State Senate, a candidate must be:[6]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 21 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A one-year resident of Nevada preceding the election
  • A resident for 30 days of the senate district from which elected at the filing deadline time
  • A qualified election. A qualified voter is someone who is:
* A U.S. citizen
* A resident of Nevada for at least 6 months prior to the next election, and 30 days in the district or county
* At least 18 years old by the next election


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the legislature are paid $146.29/day for a maximum of 60 days. Legislators inside the 50-mile Capitol area receive the federal rate for per diem while those outside the area receive the HUD single-room rate for each month of session for housing.[7]

The Nevada Constitution specifies that the 63 members of the state Legislature are to be paid for the first 60 days of each regular session, held every other year in odd-numbered years. The pay for the 21 Senators and 42 members of the Assembly is tied to pay increases provided to state employees.

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Nevada legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Nevada Term Limits Act in 1996. That initiative said that Nevada senators are subject to term limits of no more than three four-year terms, or a total of twelve years.[5]

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1996 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office is in 2010.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, then the Board of County Commissioners in the county representing the seat must decide on a replacement. The Board of County Commissioners must select a person from the same political party that last held the seat. No replacement is named if the vacancy happens before the next legislative session and a election for county officers is scheduled.[8]



See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Marilyn Dondero Loop defeated Garrett Leduff in the Democratic primary, while Patricia Farley defeated Lisa Myers and Clayton Hurst in the Republican primary. Jon Kamerath ran as an Independent American candidate. Farley defeated Dondero Loop and Kamerath in the general election.[9][10][11]

The Nevada State Senate is a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia has identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The Nevada Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of one seat, which amounts to 9 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. District 8 in the Senate was identified by Ballotpedia and the Las Vegas Review-Journal as a battleground district that could determine control of the Nevada State Senate.[12] Incumbent Barbara Cegavske (R), who is not seeking re-election due to term limits, ran for Secretary of State. Democrats had the opportunity to pick up the seat, but Assembly member Marilyn Dondero Loop (D) was defeated by Patricia Farley (R) in the general election.

Nevada State Senate District 8, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Farley 57% 16,205
     Democratic Marilyn Dondero Loop 39% 11,092
     Independent American Jon Kamerath 3.9% 1,119
Total Votes 28,416
Nevada State Senate, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarilyn Dondero Loop 83% 2,844
Garrett Leduff 17% 582
Total Votes 3,426
Nevada State Senate, District 8 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Farley 52% 2,814
Clayton Hurst 38% 2,054
Lisa Myers 10% 543
Total Votes 5,411


See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 8, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 12, 2010. Incumbent Barbara Cegavske (R) defeated Tammy Peterson (D) in the general election. Cegavske was unopposed in the Republican primary and Peterson defeated Mark Brandon in the Democratic primary.[13][14]

Nevada State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Cegavske Incumbent 55.8% 17,127
     Democratic Tammy Peterson 44.2% 13,573
Total Votes 30,700

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