Utah State Senate elections, 2010

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Utah State House elections, 2010

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Utah State Senate
Utah State Senate elections were held in 15 of the Utah's 29 senate districts on November 2, 2010. The 15 districts where electoral contests took place in 2010 are: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 26 and 28 .

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 19, 2010 and the primary Election Day was June 22, 2010.

Utah's state senators are elected to a four-year term that begins on the first day of January following a November election.

The incumbent senator ran for re-election in 13 of the 15 state senate seats that are up for re-election in 2010.

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:

  1. Ben McAdams
  2. Daniel W. Thatcher
  3. Dennis Stowell
  4. Gene Davis
  5. Howard Stephenson
  6. Jerry Stevenson
  7. Karen Mayne
  8. Kevin Van Tassell
  9. Margaret Dayton
  10. Patricia Jones, Utah Senator
  11. Peter Knudson
  12. Ross Romero
  13. Stuart Adams
  14. Stuart C. Reid
  15. Wayne Niederhauser

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Utah State Senate:

Utah State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 8 7
     Republican Party 21 22
Total 29 29


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Utah in past years and the cumulative amount of dollars raised in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 39 $1,612,394
2008 71 $2,432,680
2006 60 $2,241,882
2004 71 $1,336,110
2002 34 $935,931

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $1,612,394 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Utah Association of Realtors $84,000
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of Utah $83,315
2006 Mayne Candidate Account $60,248
Utah State Senate Democrats $46,000
Sorensen, Beverly T $39,500
Utah Republican Party $37,453
Comcast $32,050
Reagan Outdoor Advertising $31,487
Workers Compensation Fund of Utah $30,950
Consumer Lending Alliance $25,500


Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

All incumbents (100%) faced competition in the November 2 general election.

Primary challenges

Only 3 incumbents (21.4%) faced competition in the June 22 primary. No incumbents lost to their challengers in the primary election.

Retiring incumbents

One incumbent representative did not run for re-election, while 14 (93%) ran for re-election. The one incumbent that did not run for re-election is a Republican:

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Utah State Senate, a candidate must be:[3]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 25 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A three-year resident of Utah at the filing deadline time
  • A resident for 6 months of the senate district from which elected at the filing deadline time
  • No person holding any public office of profit or trust under authority of the United States, or of this State, can be a member of the state senate, provided, that appointments in the State Militia, and the offices of notary public, justice of the peace, United States commissioner, and postmaster of the fourth class, shall not, within the meaning of this section, be considered offices of profit or trust.
  • A qualified voter. A qualified voter is someone who is:
* A U.S. citizen
* A resident of Utah for at least 30 days prior to the next election
* At least 18 years old by the next election
* His or her principal place of residence is in a specific voting precinct in Utah.

Filing fee

Any person intending to run for a seat in the Utah Senate must file a declaration of candidacy with the county clerk's office of the county in which he or she resides or with the Office of Lieutenant Governor of Utah.

Candidates must pay a filing fee. The fee is 1/8 of 1% of the total salary for the full term of office legally paid to the person holding the office. For a state senator, this amounts to $26.30.

List of candidates

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District 2

Note: Scott McCoy occupied the District 2 senate seat until his resignation in December 2009.[4]

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
  • Ben McAdams. (D) Approveda Incumbent Democrat McAdams replaced Scott McCoy in the District 2 seat in 2010.
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:

Note: Davis was disqualified after failing to file a financial disclosure and was replaced in the race by Melvin Nimer.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ben McAdams 13,663 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Melvin Nimer 4,863

District 3

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
  • Gene Davis. (D) Approveda Incumbent Davis, a Democrat, was first elected to the 3rd District in 1998.
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gene Davis 9,396 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lee Brinton 9,190

District 4

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
  • Patricia Jones. (D) Approveda Democratic candidate Jones, the incumbent, was first elected to the 4th District in 2006.
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patricia Jones 15,189 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Doug Greer 11,783

District 5

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Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
  • Karen Mayne. (D) Approveda Incumbent Democrat Mayne joined the Utah Senate in 2009.
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:
Constitution Party Constitution Party candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Karen Mayne 8,492 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Samuel Fidler 4,705
Constitution Party Jim Peverelle, Jr 499

District 7

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
  • Ross I. Romero. (D) Approveda Incumbent Democrat Romero was first elected to the state senate in 2006.
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ross I. Romero 19,596 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Eric K Johnson 9,666

District 9

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:
  • Wayne Niederhauser. (R) Approveda Incumbent Republican Niederhauser was first elected to the state senate in 2006, after serving briefly as an appointee in the senate.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tyler Ayres 8,398
Republican Party Wayne Niederhauser 17,243 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dave Hogue 7,602
Republican Party Howard A. Stephenson 23,960 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
  • Brent H. Goodfellow. (D) Approveda Incumbent Democrat Goodfellow was first elected to the senate in 2004.
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brent H. Goodfellow 8,281
Republican Party Daniel W. Thatcher 9,432 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:
  • Margaret Dayton. (R) Approveda Incumbent Republican Dayton was first elected to the senate in 2006.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Linnea S Barney 3,655
Republican Party Margaret Dayton 13,349 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:
Constitution Party Constitution Party candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard "Rick" Kent 4,299
Republican Party Peter C. Knudson 16,806 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution Party Sherry Phipps 2,463

District 18

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Betty Sawyer 5,191
Republican Party Stuart C. Reid 7,849 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian Party candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sarah Schofield 4,359
Republican Party Jerry W. Stevenson 12,649 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Vincent C Marcus III 704

District 22

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:
Constitution Party Constitution Party candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Charlie Parker 4,597
Republican Party J. Stuart Adams 16,638 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution Party David A Hansen 2,028

District 26

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul Dowland 7,455
Republican Party Kevin T VanTassell 18,679 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party June 22 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party June 22 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Dennis E. Stowell 21,792 Green check mark transparent.png

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