Ohio State Senate elections, 2014

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Ohio State Senate elections, 2014

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Elections for the office of Ohio State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Ohio State Senate. The Republican Party strengthened their control of the chamber, increasing their total seats from 60 to 65. The Democratic Party sustained a lost of four seats, decreasing their total from 38 to 34. The chamber's vacant seat was filled during the general election.

Incumbents retiring

A total of four incumbents did not run for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Eric Kearney Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 09
Shirley Smith Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 21
Nina Turner Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 25
Tim Schaffer Ends.png Republican Senate District 31

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Ohio State Senate:

Ohio State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 10 10
     Republican Party 23 23
Total 33 33

Qualifications

Article 2, Section 3 of the Ohio Constitution states: Senators and representatives shall have resided in their respective districts one year next preceding their election, unless they shall have been absent on the public business of the United States, or of this state.

Article 2, Section 5 of the Ohio Constitution states: No person hereafter convicted of an embezzlement of the public funds, shall hold any office in this state; nor shall any person, holding public money for disbursement, or otherwise, have a seat in the General Assembly, until he shall have accounted for, and paid such money into the treasury.

2014 Competitiveness Overview
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 4 (23.5%) of the 17 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. A total of three Republicans and one Democrat were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates faced off in the general election in 13 (76.4%) of the 17 districts up for election.

Primary challenges

Five incumbents faced primary competition on May 6. Four incumbents did not seek re-election in 2014 and another eight incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators that faced primary competition were:

Retiring incumbents

Four incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 13 (76.4%) of the current 17 incumbents ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, three Democrats and one Republican, can be found above.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
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Republican Party Cliff Hite Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Star Johnson: 32,877
Republican Party Kevin Bacon: 51,707 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
  • Bill Beagle: 18,139 Approveda- Incumbent Beagle was elected to the chamber in 2010.

Note: Julie Busby withdrew before the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Dee Gillis: 38,781
Republican Party Bill Beagle: 51,475 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:

Note: Jimmy Allen withdrew from the race before the general election.[1]

Republican Party Shannon Jones Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Note: Incumbent Eric Kearney (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:

Note: Jacqueline Mikita withdrew from the race before the general election, and was replaced by Winburn.[2]

November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Cecil Thomas: 48,839 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Charlie Winburn: 36,611

District 11

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Edna Brown: 9,912 Approveda- Incumbent Brown was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Edna Brown: 48,838 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ernest McCarthy: 27,002

Note: Jack Ford (I) was removed from the ballot on August 21, 2014, by the Lucas County Board of Elections, after it was discovered that he voted on the Democratic ballot in the May 6 primary.[3]

District 13

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
  • Gayle L. Manning: 11,007 Approveda- Incumbent Manning was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Marcus Madison: 33,028
Republican Party Gayle L. Manning: 57,261 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:

Note: Jeff Brown (L) withdrew from the race before the general election.[4]

Democratic Party Charleta B. Tavares: 54,942 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Healy: 16,974

District 17

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
  • Bob Peterson: 16,071 Approveda- Incumbent Peterson was first appointed to the chamber in March 2012.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Bob Peterson Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
  • Kris Jordan: 14,290 Approveda- Incumbent Jordan was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Neil Patel: 39,240
Republican Party Kris Jordan: 61,513 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Note: Incumbent Shirley Smith (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Sandra Williams: 64,579 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sikiru Kafaru: 9,938

District 23

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Michael Skindell: 17,573 Approveda - Incumbent Skindell was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Michael Skindell: 44,221 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tom Haren: 26,684

District 25

Note: Incumbent Nina Turner (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Kenny Yuko: 67,651 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Hasani Crider: 21,928

District 27

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party George Rusiska: 30,610
Republican Party Frank LaRose: 64,259 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Connie Rubin: 30,491
Republican Party Scott Oelslager: 60,743 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Note: Incumbent Tim Schaffer (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party John Carlisle: 31,766
Republican Party Jay Hottinger: 59,107 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Joseph Schiavoni: 21,827 Approveda- Incumbent Schiavoni was first appointed to the chamber in December 2009.
Republican Party May 6 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Joseph Schiavoni Green check mark transparent.png

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