Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2014

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Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2014

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Elections for the office of Rhode Island State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Rhode Island State Senate. There was no change to the composition of the chamber. The Democratic Party maintained a total of 32 seats held, while the Republican Party stayed at five, and the Independent Party held steady at one.

Incumbents retiring

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

Name Party Current Office
David Bates Ends.png Republican Senate District 32
Dawson Hodgson Ends.png Republican Senate District 35

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Rhode Island State Senate:

Rhode Island State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 32 32
     Republican Party 5 5
     Independent 1 1
Total 38 38
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 29 (76.3%) of the 38 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. A total of 27 Democrats and two Republicans were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates faced off in the general election in 9 (23.7%) of the 38 districts up for election. One of those seats held competitive elections in 2012 with a margin of victory ranging from zero to five percent. One other election was mildly competitive, with a margin of victory of five to ten percent. Those districts were:

Competitive

Mildly competitive

  • District 34: Incumbent Catherine Cool Rumsey (D) was defeated by Elaine Morgan (R) in the general election. Rumsey won the general election by a margin of victory of 10 percent in 2012.

Primary challenges

A total of six incumbents faced primary competition on September 9. Two incumbents did not seek re-election in 2014 and another 30 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators that faced primary competition were:

Retiring incumbents

Two incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while the remaining 36 (94.7%) incumbents ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, two Republicans, can be found above.

Qualifications

Article III of the Rhode Island Constitution lays out the requirements for officeholders of Rhode Island's state government.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Maryellen Goodwin: 2,039 Approveda - Incumbent Goodwin was first elected to the chamber in 1986.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
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Democratic Party Maryellen Goodwin: 4,488 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Juan Pichardo: 4,373 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Gayle Goldin: 7,233 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Dominick Ruggerio: 3,406 Approveda - Incumbent Ruggerio was first elected to the chamber in 1984.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Dominick Ruggerio: 6,443 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Paul Jabour: 2232 Approveda - Incumbent Jabour was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Paul Jabour: 4,826 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Independent Independent candidates:

Note: Kendre Rodriguez was removed before the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Harold Metts: 4,283 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Russell Hryzan: 630

District 7

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Frank Ciccone: 4,545 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • James Doyle: 2,119 Approveda - Incumbent Doyle was first elected to the chamber in 2004.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party James Doyle: 4,388 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:

Note: Thomas Jones withdrew before the Democratic primary.

Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Adam J. Satchell: 4,090 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Michael Pinga: 3,241

District 10

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Walter Felag: 2,268 Approveda - Incumbent Felag was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Walter Felag: 7,191 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Christopher Ottiano: 6,138 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Taylor Dame: 2,294

District 12

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Louis DiPalma: 1,892 Approveda - Incumbent DiPalma was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Louis DiPalma: 7,204 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party M. Teresa Paiva Weed: 5,117 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael W. Smith: 4,187

District 14

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Daniel Da Ponte: 2,246 Approveda - Incumbent Da Ponte was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Daniel Da Ponte: 5,370 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Donna Nesselbush: 2,034 Approveda - Incumbent Nesselbush was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
Independent Independent candidates:

Note: John Monahan was removed from the ballot before the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Donna Nesselbush: 3,840 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Stephen Lemois: 1,093

District 16

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Elizabeth Crowley: 2,455 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Daniel Bidondi: 392

District 17

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Independent Independent candidates:
  • Edward O'Neill Approveda - Incumbent O'Neill was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Keven McKenna: 3,862
Independent Edward O'Neill: 6,344 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • William Conley Jr.: 2,770 Approveda - Incumbent Conley was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party William Conley Jr.: 6,345 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Ryan Pearson: 3,275 Approveda - Incumbent Pearson was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Ryan Pearson: 6,835 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Roger Picard: 2,342 Approveda - Incumbent Picard was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Roger Picard: 5,117 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Nicholas Kettle: 1,400 Approveda - Incumbent Kettle was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Margaux Morisseau: 3,880
Republican Party Nicholas Kettle: 5,979 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Zachary Farnum: 1,015

District 22

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Steve Archambault: 6,091 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Hasan Alsawaf: 3,447

District 23

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Paul Fogarty: 1,993 Approveda - Incumbent Fogarty was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Paul Fogarty: 5,125 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Lauri Archambault: 3,503

District 24

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Marc Cote: 1,766 Approveda - Incumbent Cote was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Note: Lewis J. Pryeor was removed from the ballot before the primary.

Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Marc Cote: 3,795 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Michael Moniz: 1,390

District 25

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Frank Lombardo III: 3,591 Approveda - Incumbent Lombardo was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Frank Lombardo III: 7,306 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Frank Lombardi: 1,973 Approveda - Incumbent Lombardi was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Frank Lombardi: 6,615 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Hanna Gallo: 2,474 Approveda - Incumbent Gallo was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Hanna Gallo: 6,162 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sara Sweeney: 3,942

District 28

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Joshua Miller: 2,392 Approveda - Incumbent Miller was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Joshua Miller: 5,996 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Michael McCaffrey: 2,692 Approveda - Incumbent McCaffrey was first elected to the chamber in 1994.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Michael McCaffrey: 7,706 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • William Walaska: 2,451 Approveda - Incumbent Walaska was first elected to the chamber in 1994.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party William Walaska: 5,554 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Steven Archer: 3,748

District 31

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Erin Lynch: 2,532 Approveda - Incumbent Lynch was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Erin Lynch: 6,149 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent James Roche: 3,473

District 32

Note: Incumbent David Bates (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Cynthia Armour Coyne: 5,968 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Giovanni Cicione: 5,120

District 33

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Leonidas Raptakis: 2,007 Approveda - Incumbent Raptakis was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Note: Frank Hyde was removed from the ballot before the primary.

Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Leonidas Raptakis: 5,431 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael Madonna: 4,365

District 34

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
Independent Independent candidates:

Note: Cameron Ennis was removed from the ballot before the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Catherine Cool Rumsey: 4,788
Republican Party Elaine Morgan: 5,280 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Note: Incumbent Dawson Hodgson (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party James Callaghan: 5,046
Republican Party Mark Gee: 5,941 Green check mark transparent.png

District 36

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • James Sheehan: 2,680 Approveda - Incumbent Sheehan was first elected to the chamber in 2000.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party James Sheehan: 8,274 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • V. Susan Sosnowski: 2,653 Approveda - Incumbent Sosnowski was first elected to the chamber in 1996.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party V. Susan Sosnowski: 7,631 Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Dennis Algiere: 727 Approveda - Incumbent Algiere was first elected to the chamber in 1992.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Dennis Algiere: 7,805 Green check mark transparent.png

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