Utah State Senate elections, 2014

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Utah State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for the office of Utah State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Utah State Senate. The chamber is controlled by the Republican Party, which saw no net change to their seats held. The Democratic Party suffered a net loss of one seat, dropping from 5 to 4 seats. The number of vacant seats in the chamber increased from one to two seats following the general election.

Incumbents retiring

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

Name Party Current Office
Patricia Jones Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 04
Stuart C. Reid Ends.png Republican Senate District 18

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Utah State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 5 4
     Republican Party 23 23
     Vacancy 1 2
Total 29 29
2014 Competitiveness Overview
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In two (14.3%) of the 14 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. A total of one Republican and one Democrat were guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates faced off in the general election in 12 (85.7%) of the 14 districts up for election.

Convention challenges

A total of three incumbents faced convention competition for their party's nomination. One incumbent faced primary competition. Two incumbents did not seek re-election in 2014 and another eight incumbents advanced past the convention without opposition. The state senators in the primary convention were:

Primary challenges

The senator that faced primary competition was:

Retiring incumbents

Two incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 12 (85.7%) ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, one Republican and one Democrat, can be found above.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Utah State Senate, a candidate must be:[1]

  • 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.

Convention system

Utah has a unique election system that combines local conventions and party primaries. A precinct caucus is held to vote for delegates to county conventions. Precinct delegates vote at the county conventions to nominate candidates for state office. In order to forgo a primary election, a candidate must receive more than 60% of the votes at the county convention. If multiple candidates run and none receive 60% of the vote, the candidate with the lowest total is eliminated and another vote is taken. Once only two candidates remain, if neither receives more than 60% of the vote, both advance to the party's primary. Each party holds its own caucuses and conventions.[2][3][4]

List of candidates

District 2

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
  • Jim Dabakis Approveda - Incumbent Dabakis was first appointed to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
Republican Party June 24 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

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Democratic Party Jim Dabakis: 16,446 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jacquie Nielson: 5,724

District 3

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
  • Gene Davis Approveda - Incumbent Davis was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gene Davis: 12,961 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Note: Incumbent Patricia Jones (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jani Iwamoto: 19,602 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sabrina R. Petersen: 13,084

District 5

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
  • Karen Mayne Approveda - Incumbent Mayne was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Karen Mayne: 10,225 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Burnside withdrew before the general election.

District 9

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
  • Wayne Niederhauser Approveda - Incumbent Niederhauser was first appointed to the chamber in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kathryn C. Gustafson: 9,943
Republican Party Wayne Niederhauser: 15,822 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michele Weeks: 7,713
Republican Party Howard A. Stephenson: 13,195 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Clare Collard: 5,998
Republican Party Daniel W. Thatcher: 8,548 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
  • Margaret Dayton Approveda - Incumbent Dayton was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Emmanuel "Manny" Kepas: 2,548
Republican Party Margaret Dayton: 11,290 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
  • Peter C. Knudson Approveda - Incumbent Knudson was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Constitution Party Constitution candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Totman: 2,949
Republican Party Peter C. Knudson: 14,431 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution Party Kirk D. Pearson: 1,939

District 18

Note: Incumbent Stuart C. Reid (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mat Wenzel: 4,155
Republican Party Ann Millner: 11,603 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Steffner was disqualified before the general election.

District 21

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sherri Tatton: 3,309
Republican Party Jerry W. Stevenson: 11,950 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kip Sayre: 4,417
Republican Party J. Stuart Adams: 16,605 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Brent Zimmerman: 1,643

District 26

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Wayne Stevens: 6,622
Republican Party Kevin T. Van Tassell: 15,249 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 24 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Evan J. Vickers: 16,613 Green check mark transparent.png

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