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Virginia State Senate elections, 2015

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Elections for the office of Virginia State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on June 9, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2015.[1]

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current Office
Jeffrey McWaters[2] Ends.png Republican Senate District 8
John Watkins[3] Ends.png Republican Senate District 10
Walter Stosch[4] Ends.png Republican Senate District 12
Ralph Smith[5] Ends.png Republican Senate District 19
Charles Colgan[6] Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 29
Toddy Puller[7] Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 36

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 3 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Virginia State Senate:

Virginia State Senate
Party As of March 2015 After November 3, 2015
     Democratic Party 19 Pending
     Republican Party 21 Pending
Total 40 40
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State senators must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the election, residents of the district they represent, and qualified to vote for members of the Virginia General Assembly.[8]

List of candidates

Pending once an official list of candidates becomes available.

District 1

Democratic Party John Miller[9]
Republican Party John Bloom[10]

District 2

Democratic Party Mamie Locke[9]

District 3

Republican Party Tommy Norment[11]

District 4

Republican Party Ryan McDougle[9]

District 5

Democratic Party Kenny Alexander[9]

District 6

Democratic Party Lynwood Lewis[9]
Republican Party Richard Ottinger[12]

District 7

Republican Party Frank Wagner[9]
Democratic Party Gary McCollum[13]

District 8

Republican Party Bill R. DeSteph, Jr[9]
Democratic Party Dave Belote[9]

District 9

Democratic Party Donald McEachin[9]

District 10

Republican Party Glen Sturtevant[14]
Republican Party Steve Thomas (withdrew)[15][16]
Republican Party Bruce Tyler (withdrew)[17][16]
Democratic Party Emily Francis[18]
Democratic Party Dan Gecker[19]
Libertarian Party Carl Loser[20]

District 11

Republican Party Amanda Chase[21]
Republican Party Steve Martin[22]
Republican Party Barry Moore[23]

District 12

Republican Party Siobhan Dunnavant[24]
Republican Party Vince Haley[25]
Republican Party Bill Janis[26]
Republican Party Edward Whitlock[9]

District 13

Republican Party Dick Black[9]
Democratic Party Jill McCabe[27]

District 14

Republican Party John Cosgrove[9]

District 15

Republican Party Frank Ruff[9]

District 16

Democratic Party Rosalyn Dance[28]
Democratic Party Joseph Morrissey[29]
Democratic Party Joseph Preston[30]

District 17

Republican Party Bryce Reeves[9]
Democratic Party Traci Dippert[31]

District 18

Democratic Party Louise Lucas[9]

District 19

Republican Party David Suetterlein[32]
Democratic Party Michael Hamlar[33]

District 20

Republican Party Bill Stanley[9]
Democratic Party Kim Adkins[34]
Democratic Party Bill Webb (withdrew)[35][36]
Independent Elaine Hildebrandt[9]

District 21

Democratic Party John Edwards[37]
Republican Party Nancy Dye[38]

District 22

Republican Party Thomas Garrett[9]

District 23

Republican Party Stephen Newman[9]

District 24

Republican Party Emmett Hanger[39]
Republican Party Dan Moxley[40]
Republican Party Marshall Pattie[41]
Republican Party Donald Sheets[42]

District 25

Democratic Party Creigh Deeds[9]

District 26

Republican Party Mark Obenshain[43]
Democratic Party April Moore[44]

District 27

Republican Party Jill Vogel[45]

District 28

Republican Party Richard Stuart[9]

District 29

Democratic Party Michael Futrell[46]
Democratic Party Jeremy McPike[47]
Democratic Party Atif Qarni[48]
Republican Party Hal Parrish[49]

District 30

Democratic Party Adam Ebbin[50]

District 31

Democratic Party Barbara Favola[50]

District 32

Democratic Party Janet Howell[51]

District 33

Democratic Party Jennifer Wexton[50]
Republican Party Stephen Hollingshead[52]
Republican Party Ron Meyer (withdrew)[53][54]

District 34

Democratic Party Chap Petersen[50]

District 35

Democratic Party Dick Saslaw[50]

District 36

Democratic Party Mark Cannady[50]
Democratic Party Scott Surovell[55]
Republican Party Jerry Foreman[56]

District 37

Democratic Party Dave Marsden[50]

District 38

Republican Party A. Benton Chafin[9]

District 39

Democratic Party George Barker[50]

District 40

Republican Party Bill Carrico[9]

See also

External links

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  1. Virginia State Board of Elections, "2015 November Election Calendar," accessed January 2, 2015
  2. The Virginian-Pilot, "Va. Beach Sen. Jeff McWaters won't seek re-election," February 26, 2015
  3. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Powhatan senator Watkins won't run again in 2015," November 25, 2014
  4. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Stosch, GOP state senator from Henrico, will retire at end of term," January 12, 2015
  5. The Washington Post, "Va. Republican state Sen. Ralph Smith announces retirement," March 16, 2015
  6. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Sen. Charles J. Colgan to retire next year," June 25, 2014
  7. The Washington Post, "Virginia Democratic Sen. Linda ‘Toddy’ Puller to retire," January 14, 2015
  8., "Virginia State Legislature For Kids," accessed December 18, 2013
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 9.15 9.16 9.17 9.18 9.19 9.20 9.21 9.22 Virginia Public Access Project, "Senate General Elections," accessed March 23, 2015
  10. Daily Press, "Bloom says he will challenge state Sen. John Miller," February 16, 2015
  11. Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily, "Longtime Sen. Tommy Norment Submits Re-Election Forms," March 14, 2015
  12. The Virginian-Pilot, "Republican Ottinger to challenge Sen. Lynwood Lewis," January 8, 2015
  13. Augusta Free Press, "Hampton Roads leader Gary McCollum announces candidacy for Seventh Senate District seat," January 14, 2015
  14. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Richmond School Board's Sturtevant to run for state Senate," February 11, 2015
  15. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Six voice interest in running for Watkins' open seat in Virginia Senate," January 2, 2015
  16. 16.0 16.1 Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Tyler, Thomas drop out of running for Watkins seat," March 23, 2015
  17. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Ex-councilman Bruce Tyler files to run for Watkins' Senate seat," February 2, 2015
  18. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Richmond consultant to make Democratic bid for state Senate," January 27, 2015
  19. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Chesterfield's Gecker enters 10th Senate District campaign," February 4, 2015
  20. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Carl Loser announces bid for 10th District seat," March 16, 2015
  21. Chesterfield Observer, "Chase in the race: Republican operative to challenge Martin," January 14, 2015
  22. Bearing Drift, "Steve Martin Is In," January 8, 2015
  23. Chesterfield Observer, "Car dealer wins support from sheriff for Sen. Martin’s seat," December 24, 2014
  24. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Henrico doctor with political ties enters 12th District Senate race for GOP nomination," March 11, 2015
  25. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Gingrich ally Haley seeks Stosch's Senate seat," January 21, 2015
  26. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Former delegate Janis announces run for Stosch's Senate seat," January 15, 2015
  27. Loudoun Times-Mirror, "New Democrat emerges to challenge Sen. Dick Black," March 13, 2015
  28. The Progress-Index, "Dance announces bid for re-election," March 3, 2015
  29. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Morrissey confirms run for Dance's Senate seat," March 21, 2015
  30. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Preston seeks Dance's state Senate seat," March 9, 2015
  31. Culpeper Star-Exponent, "Dippert running for state senate," August 5, 2014
  32. The Roanoke Times, "Suetterlein only Republican to file for Ralph Smith's Senate seat by deadline," March 18, 2015
  33. The Roanoke Times, "Hamlar to provide Smith a Democratic Senate challenge," May 9, 2014
  34. The Roanoke Times, "Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins seeks state Senate seat," February 27, 2014
  35. Galax Gazette, "Webb to seek 20th District nomination," April 30, 2014
  36. Virginia Public Access Project, "General Assembly Candidate Update," March 25, 2015
  37. The Roanoke Times, "Smith out, Edwards in with 2 contested state Senate races in Roanoke region," March 16, 2015
  38. The Roanoke Times, "Dr. Nancy Dye to challenge Edwards for Virginia Senate in 2015," September 23, 2014
  39. The News Leader, "Hanger to run for reelection amid challenge to law," March 2, 2015
  40. Daily Progress, "Moxley joins 24th District Senate race," December 2, 2014
  41. Daily Progress, "Supervisor announces bid for Hanger’s Senate seat," June 30, 2014
  42. Daily Progress, "New candidate enters Senate race," March 11, 2015
  43. Augusta Free Press, "Mark Obenshain: I’m running," February 10, 2015
  44. Augusta Free Press, "Democrat April Moore announces candidacy for 26th Senate District seat," March 17, 2015
  45. The Winchester Star, "Area Legislators Plan On Seeking Re-Election In 2015," February 26, 2015
  46. The Washington Post, "Del. Michael Futrell joins race for open Virginia Senate seat," December 16, 2014
  47. Potomac Local, "McPike Makes Run for Virginia Senate," December 2, 2014
  48. Blue Virginia, "Video: Atif Qarni Announces for State Senate in Strong Democratic District 29," July 25, 2014
  49. The Washington Post, "Parrish first Republican to enter race for Virginia Senate," January 29, 2015
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 50.4 50.5 50.6 50.7 Fairfax County Democratic Committee, "2015 Elections," accessed March 23, 2015
  51. Sun Gazette, "Sen. Howell plans to seek re-election," January 5, 2015
  52. Leesburg Today, "Hollingshead Joins 33rd District State Senate Race; GOP Sets May 2 Nominating Convention," February 6, 2015
  53. Loudoun Times-Mirror, "Republican Ron Meyer plans to challenge state Sen. Wexton," December 8, 2014
  54. Leesburg Today, "Meyer Exits Senate Race, Enters Supervisor Contest," February 17, 2015
  55. The Washington Post, "Surovell to announce run for state Senate," January 17, 2015
  56. The Free Lance-Star, "Dumfries mayor plans run for state Senate," December 30, 2014