Vermont State Senate elections, 2014

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Vermont State Senate elections, 2014

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Addison DistrictBennington DistrictCaledonia DistrictChittenden DistrictEssex-Orleans DistrictFranklin DistrictGrand Isle DistrictLamoille DistrictOrange DistrictRutland DistrictWashington DistrictWindham DistrictWindsor District
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Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Vermont State Senate. The chamber's majority control is held by the Democratic Party, which saw a net loss of one seat. Their total seats held dropped from 21 to 20. The Republican Party had a net gain of two seats, increasing their holdings from seven to nine. The Vermont Progressive Party lost a seat, dropping from two to one seats.

Incumbents retiring

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

Name Party Current Office
Robert Hartwell Electiondot.png Democratic Bennington Senate District
Donald Collins Electiondot.png Democratic Franklin Senate District
Peter Galbarith Electiondot.png Democratic Windham Senate District

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Vermont State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 21 20
     Republican Party 7 9
     Vermont Progressive Party 2 1
Total 30 30

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."[1]

2014 Competitiveness Overview
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

There were 30 seats in 13 districts up for election in 2014. For 17 of the 30 seats (10 districts), there was only one major party candidate. One Republican and sixteen Democrats were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances.

Candidates from both major parties faced off in the general election in for 13 seats (8 districts) up for election.

Two of Vermont's Senate districts held competitive elections in 2012, with their last seats claimed by a margin of victory less than 5 percent. Four other districts held moderately competitive elections in 2012, with their last seat claimed by a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.

Competitive

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Primary challenges

Just one incumbent faced primary competition on August 24. Three incumbents did not seek re-election in 2014 and another 26 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition.

Retiring incumbents

Three incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 27 (90%) ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, all Democrats, can be found above.

List of candidates

Addison District (2 seats)

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • Claire Ayer Approveda - Incumbent Ayer was first elected to the chamber in 2002.
  • Christopher A. Bray Approveda - Incumbent Bray was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

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Democratic Party Claire Ayer: 10,097 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Christopher A. Bray: 8,743 Green check mark transparent.png

Bennington District (2 seats)

Note: Incumbent Robert Hartwell (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brian Campion: 6,273 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Dick Sears: 7,905 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Warren H. Roaf: 4,217

Caledonia District (2 seats)

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • Joe Benning Approveda - Incumbent Benning was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike Heath: 3,390
Republican Party Joe Benning: 6,149 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party/Republican Party Jane Kitchel: 7,786 Green check mark transparent.png - Kitchell appeared on the ballot as both a Democratic and Republican nominee.[2]

Chittenden District (6 seats)

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:

Note: Ashe and Zuckerman were also nominated by the Vermont Progressive Party.[3]

Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Philip Baruth: 22,217 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Dawn Ellis: 18,432
Democratic Party Virginia "Ginny" Lyons: 23,488 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Michael Sirotkin: 19,738 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joy Limoge: 15,853
Republican Party Diane B. Snelling: 21,855 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party John Cisar: 3,896
Libertarian Party Christopher Coolidge: 3,694
Libertarian Party Ben Mayer: 3,310
Libertarian Party Travis Spencer: 3,405
Libertarian Party Paul Washburn: 4,113
Libertarian Party Glyn Wilkinson: 2,706
Democratic Party/Lime2.png Timothy Ashe: 22,790 Green check mark transparent.png - Ashe appeared on the ballot as both a Democratic and Progressive nominee.[2]
Lime2.png/Democratic Party David Zuckerman: 21,333 Green check mark transparent.png - Zuckerman appeared on the ballot as both a Progressive and Democratic nominee.[2]

Essex-Orleans District (2 seats)

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • Robert A. Starr Approveda - Incumbent Starr was first elected to the chamber in 2004.
  • John S. Rodgers Approveda - Incumbent Rodgers was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John S. Rodgers: 5,717 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Marcia Horne: 3,703
Democratic Party/Republican Party Robert A. Starr: 7,168 Green check mark transparent.png - Starr appeared on the ballot as both a Democratic and Republican nominee.[2]

Franklin District (2 seats)

Note: Incumbent Donald Collins (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Independent Independent candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sara Branon Kittell: 4,972
Democratic Party William Alan Roberts: 3,925
Republican Party Dustin Allard Degree: 6,862 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Norman McAllister: 6,554 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Michael D. Malone: 823

Grand Isle District (1 seat)

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Pinkslashed.png Liberty Union candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Pinkslashed.png Benjamin Bosley: 908
Democratic Party/Republican Party Richard "Dick" Mazza: 5,603 Green check mark transparent.png - Mazza appeared on the ballot as both a Democratic and Republican nominee.[2]

Lamoille District (1 seat)

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party/Democratic Party Richard A. Westman: 6,198 Green check mark transparent.png - Westman appeared on the ballot as both a Republican and Democratic nominee.[2]

Orange District (1 seat)

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark A. MacDonald: 3,797 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert C. Frenier: 3,200

Rutland District (3 seats)

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
Independent Vermont Politically Incorrect Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William Tracy Carris: 7,362
Democratic Party Anissa Delauri: 4,091
Democratic Party Eldred French: 5,651
Republican Party Brian P. Collamore: 9,275 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Peg Flory: 10,213 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kevin J. Mullin: 9,932 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Kelly Socia: 1,528

Washington District (3 seats)

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:

Note: Pollina and Gaffney were also nominated by the Vermont Progressive Party.[3]

Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ann Cummings: 11,167 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party William "Bill" Doyle: 11,275 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dexter Lefavour: 5,823
Republican Party Pat McDonald: 8,731
Lime2.png/Democratic Party Sandra "Sandy" Gaffney: 5,408 - Gaffney appeared on the ballot as both a Progressive and Democratic nominee.[2]
Lime2.png/Democratic Party Anthony Pollina: 10,474 Green check mark transparent.png - Pollina appeared on the ballot as both a Progressive and Democratic nominee.[2]

Windham District (2 seats)

Note: Incumbent Peter Galbarith (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Independent Independent candidates:
Pinkslashed.png Liberty Union candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeanette White: 7,777 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Becca Balint: 6,378 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Mary Hasson: 1,973
Pinkslashed.png Aaron Diamondstone: 833
Pinkslashed.png Jerry Levy: 899

Windsor District (3 seats)

Democratic Party August 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 24 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Alice W. Nitka: 11,407 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Richard "Dick" McCormack: 11,511 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party John Campbell: 11,667 Green check mark transparent.png

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