Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

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Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
Addison DistrictBennington DistrictCaledonia DistrictChittenden DistrictEssex-Orleans DistrictFranklin DistrictGrand Isle DistrictLamoille DistrictOrange DistrictRutland DistrictWashington DistrictWindham DistrictWindsor District
Vermont State Senate2012 Vermont House Elections
Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate were held in Vermont on November 6, 2012. A total of 30 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 14, 2012. The primary election day was August 28, 2012.

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

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Vermont State Senate:

Vermont State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 21
     Republican Party 8 7
     Vermont Progressive Party 2 2
Total 30 30


Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Harold Giard Electiondot.png Democratic Addison District
Hinda Miller Electiondot.png Democratic Chittenden District
Margaret Flory Ends.png Republican Rutland District
Randolph Brock Ends.png Republican Franklin District
Sara Branon Kittell Electiondot.png Democratic Franklin District
Vincent Illuzzi Ends.png Republican Essex-Orleans District

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 Vermont 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 74 $670,068
2008 63 $422,775
2006 59 $744,527
2004 63 $836,383
2002 76 $771,524

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $670,068 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Branon, Mike $20,000
Bucknam, Charles $12,600
Fox, Sally G $10,700
Banon, Mike $10,000
Campaign Research Center $7,500
Green Mountain Republican Senate Cmte $7,300
Contributions by Candidate or Immediate Family $5,369
Blittersdorf, David C $5,000
Galbraith, Peter $5,000
Galbraith, Alan J $5,000

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Vermont

The Vermont Legislative Apportionment Board approved new maps on August 11, 2011, with the Legislature passing them in April 2012 and Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signing them on May 1, 2012. The House procedure was considered a tripartisan success, with an overwhelming 138-4 vote. However, the Senate during its own mapmaking process amended the House map to restore districts in southwestern Vermont, particularly Bennington County; after passage, a joint conference committee convened, and the two chambers passed the Senate map and a more lightly modified House map. The high standards for deviation from the ideal district size (24 percent for the House, 18.2 percent for the Senate) remained cause for concern, though legal challenges from Republicans did not materialize.[3][4][5]

Qualifications

The Vermont Constitution states, "No person shall be elected a Representative or a Senator until the person has resided in this State two years, the last year of which shall be in the legislative district for which the person is elected."[6]

List of candidates

Addison District (2)

Note: Incumbent Harold Giard (D) did not seek re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Independent Independent candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Claire Ayer: 12,925 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Christopher Bray: 9,904 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Robert Wagner: 5,059

Bennington District (2)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Hartwell: 11,048 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Richard Sears: 13,718 Green check mark transparent.png

Caledonia District (2)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stephen Amos: 5,584
Democratic Party Jane Kitchel: 9,934 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Benning: 7,969 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Dill: 5,619

Chittenden District (6)

Note: Incumbent Hinda Miller (D) did not seek re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
Lime2.png August 28 Progressive Party primary:
Independent Third Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyLime2.png Timothy Ashe: 37,357 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Philip Baruth: 30,924 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Sally Fox: 34,909 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Debbie Ingram: 23,441
Democratic Party Virginia Lyons: 34,957 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic PartyLime2.png David Zuckerman: 32,253 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Diane Snelling: 31,523 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Larkin Forney: 5,618
Lime2.png Richard Jeroloman: 3,322
Tea Party Shelley Palmer: 8,362
Independent Patrick Brown: 12,217
Independent Bob Kiss: 12,324
Independent Robert Letovsky: 8,321
Independent Sean Selby: 6,157

Essex-Orleans District (2)

Note: Incumbent Vincent Illuzzi (R) did not seek re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Rodgers: 7,379 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Robert Starr: 8,228 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jay Dudley: 4,087
Republican Party Robert Lewis: 7,234

Franklin District (2)

Note: Incumbents Sara Branon Kittell (D) and Randolph Brock (R) did not seek re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
Independent Third Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Caroline Bright: 7,043
Democratic Party Donald Collins: 7,433 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dustin Allard Degree: 7,407
Republican Party Norman McAllister: 7,732 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Judith McLaughlin: 1,999
Independent Peter Moss (Peace and Prosperity): 1,291

Grand Isle District (1)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Mazza: 8,974 Green check mark transparent.png

Lamoille District (1)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jerry Colby: 4,609
Republican Party Richard Westman: 6,026 Green check mark transparent.png

Orange District (1)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark MacDonald: 7,618 Green check mark transparent.png

Rutland District (3)

Note: Incumbent Margaret Flory (R) did not seek re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • Bill Carris Approveda Incumbent Carris first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill Carris: 17,086 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Peg Flory: 15,936 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kevin Mullin: 16,606 Green check mark transparent.png

Washington District (3)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
Independent Independent candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ann Cummings: 16,557 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic PartyLime2.pngWorking Families Party Anthony Pollina: 14,730 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bernard Barnett: 8,913
Republican PartyDemocratic PartyWorking Families Party William Doyle: 17,179 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dexter LeFavour: 6,156
Independent Jeremy Hansen: 4,097

Windham District (2)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Peter Galbraith: 12,339 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Jeanette White: 13,123 Green check mark transparent.png
Pinkslashed.png Aaron Diamondstone: 2,214

Windsor District (3)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • John Campbell: 2,458 Approveda Incumbent Campbell first assumed office in 2001.
  • Richard McCormack: 2,508 Approveda Incumbent McCormack first assumed office in 2007.
  • Alice Nitka: 2,444 Approveda Incumbent Nitka first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party August 28 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Campbell: 16,249 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Richard McCormack: 15,217 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Alice Nitka: 14,899 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Paul Gibbs Jr.: 6,651
Republican Party Dick Tracy: 9,617
Republican Party Jeff Whittemore: 7,162

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