Utah State Senate elections, 2012

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Utah State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 1District 3District 5District 7District 9District 11District 13District 15District 17District 19District 21District 23District 25District 27
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Elections for the office of Utah State Senate were held in Utah on November 6, 2012. A total of 16 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 15, 2011. The primary Election Day was June 26, 2012.

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Karen Morgan Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 8
Michael Waddoups Ends.png Republican Senate District 6
Ross Romero Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 7

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Utah State Senate:

Utah State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 7 5
     Republican Party 22 24
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

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.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Utah

In October 2011, the Republican-dominated Legislature passed and Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signed new legislative maps that were hailed as bipartisan successes, unlike the contentious congressional redistricting process. Only one pairing of incumbents occurred in the Senate; Democratic leader Ross Romero (D-Salt Lake City) -- who voted against the Senate map -- would have faced Pat Jones (D-Holladay) had the former not opted to run for Salt Lake County mayor.[4]

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Luz Robles Approveda Incumbent Robles first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Luz Robles: 10,490 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chelsea Woodruff: 8,479

District 6

Note: Incumbent Michael Waddoups (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party Republican convention:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Rendell: 13,049
Republican Party Wayne Harper: 19,961 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Note: Incumbent Ross Romero (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Note: Aaron Davis was disqualified prior to the primary.
Republican Party Republican convention:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Deidre Henderson: 27,257 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Note: Incumbent Karen Morgan (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Democratic Party Democratic convention:
Republican Party Republican convention:
Note: Lee Brinton withdrew before the primary.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Josie Valdez: 16,864
Republican Party Brian Shiozawa: 22,156 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party Republican convention:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Aaron Osmond: 33,171 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
  • Mark Madsen Approveda Incumbent Madsen first assumed office in 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mark Madsen: 30,584 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party Republican convention:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John Valentine: 36,225 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party Republican convention:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gregory Duerden: 5,184
Republican Party Curtis Bramble: 19,350 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party Republican convention:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Peter Conover Clemens: 11,096
Republican Party Allen Christensen: 19,941 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Courtney White: 1,798

District 20

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
  • Scott Jenkins Approveda Incumbent Jenkins first assumed office in 2001.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Scott Jenkins: 23,112 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Brent Andrews won the Democratic primary but was removed from the ballot on November 1 after he failed to file financial disclosure forms by the deadline.[5]

District 23

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party Republican convention:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Breck England: 14,027
Republican Party Todd Weiler: 25,433 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Constitution Party June 26 Constitution Party primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ralph Okerlund: 29,588 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution Party Trestin Meacham: 4,647

District 25

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
  • Lyle Hillyard Approveda Incumbent Hillyard first assumed office in 1985.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Lyle Hillyard: 30,220 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party Republican convention:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Binyon: 9,673
Republican Party David Hinkins: 25,111 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Geoffrey Chesnut: 5,894
Republican Party Evan Vickers: 28,073 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Terence Moore: 8,398
Republican Party Stephen Urquhart: 28,174 Green check mark transparent.png

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