Washington State Senate elections, 2014

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Washington State Senate elections, 2014

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Democrats are looking to re-establish control over the Washington State Senate in the 2014 election. While they have de jure control, two Democrats sided with the Republicans to form the Majority Coalition Caucus in 2012, giving the latter party de facto power over the chamber. Republicans have only controlled the chamber for five of the last 20 years, the last time in 2004.

The Senate is one of 20 state legislative chambers noted by Ballotpedia staff as being a battleground chamber. Counting vacant seats towards the party that previously held the seat, the Washington Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republicans of one seat, which amounts to 4 percent of seats up for election in 2014. In 2012, when 24 districts were up for election, four districts were competitive or mildly competitive.

If that is the case this time around, there will be ample opportunity for a shift in the chamber's power balance. Crosscut Seattle reported in May that there are 10 potential "swing" districts in the general election. Two of those districts are in minority-Democrat hands, while the other eight belong to Majority coalition members.[1]

Almost all of the Senate races - 22 of 25 - will have two major-party candidates.

Elections for 25 districts in the Washington State Senate will take place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014.

Incumbents retiring

Four incumbents are not running for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Janéa Holmquist Ends.png Republican Senate District 13
Tracey Eide Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 30
Adam Kline Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 37
Rodney Tom Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 48

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Washington State Senate:

Washington State Senate
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 25 Pending
     Republican Party 24 Pending
Total 49 49

Qualifications

Section 7 of Article 2 of the Washington State Constitution states, "No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the district for which he is chosen."

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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In three of the 25 districts up for election in 2014, there is only one major party candidate running for election. Two Democrats and one Republican are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances. Candidates from both major parties will face off in the general election in 22 of the 25 districts up for election.

In 2012, when 26 districts were up for election, four districts were considered to be competitive or mildly competitive. None of these districts are up for election in 2014.

Competitive

District 17: Incumbent Don Benton (R) defeated Tim Probst (D) in the 2012 general election. Benton won the election by a margin of victory of 0.1 percent.

Mildly competitive

District 5: Mark Mullet (D) won the general election by a margin of victory of 9 percent in 2012.
District 10: Barbara Bailey (R) won the general election by a margin of victory of 6 percent in 2012.
District 41: Incumbent Steve Litzow (R) won the general election by a margin of victory of 8 percent in 2012.

Primary challenges

Four incumbents faced primary competition on August 5. Four incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 17 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition.

Retiring incumbents

Four incumbent representatives are not running for re-election, while 21 (84.0%) are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents, three Democrats and one Republican, can be found above.

Context

The Washington State Senate is technically Democrat-controlled 25-24; however, Republicans gained control of the Senate in late 2012 when two Democratic incumbents shifted loyalties after the elections. This created the Majority Coalition Caucus. Crosscut Seattle reported that there are up to 10 Senate districts, listed below, that could be considered "swing" districts in the November elections. Minority Democrats would need to win four of the 10 districts to regain control of the Senate; Republicans currently hold six of these Senate seats, while two Majority coalition Democrats hold two. Two of the 10 seats are in minority-Democrat hands. In 15 of the past 20 years, Democrats have had control of the Senate.[2][3][1]

Races to Watch

Crosscut Seattle's 10 districts to watch as potential swing districts are District 6, District 26, District 28, District 30, District 35, District 42, District 44, District 45, District 47 and District 48. In these districts, two Democratic incumbents did not run. One incumbent Democratic senator will face a Republican opponent in the general election and one incumbent faced off against another Democrat and a Republican in the primary. In the other six districts, Republican incumbents will face Democratic opponents in general election.[1]

List of candidates

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on October 17, 2014. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

District 6

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Rich Cowan Approveda
Republican Party Michael Baumgartner Approveda - Incumbent Baumgartner was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

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Democratic Party Rich Cowan
Republican Party Michael Baumgartner

District 7

August 5 primary candidates:
Republican Party Tony Booth Approveda
Republican Party Brian Dansel Approveda - Incumbent Dansel was first elected to the chamber in a special election on November 5, 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tony Booth
Republican Party Brian Dansel

District 8

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Doug McKinley Approveda
Republican Party Sharon Brown Approveda - Incumbent Brown was first appointed to the chamber on January 28, 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Doug McKinley
Republican Party Sharon Brown

District 13

Note: Incumbent Janéa Holmquist (R) is running for the U.S. House

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Mohammad Said Approveda
Republican Party Judith "Judy" Warnick Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mohammad Said
Republican Party Judith "Judy" Warnick

District 15

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Gabriel Munoz Approveda
Republican Party Jim Honeyford Approveda - Incumbent Honeyford was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gabriel Munoz
Republican Party Jim Honeyford

District 21

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Marko Liias Approveda - Incumbent Liias was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party Dan Matthews Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Marko Liias
Republican Party Dan Matthews

District 26

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Judy Arbogast Approveda
Republican Party Jan Angel Approveda - Incumbent Angel was first elected to the chamber in a special election on November 5, 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Judy Arbogast
Republican Party Jan Angel

District 28

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Tami Green Approveda
Republican Party Steve O'Ban Approveda - Incumbent O'Ban was first appointed to the chamber in on June 5, 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tami Green
Republican Party Steve O'Ban

District 29

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Steve Conway Approveda - Incumbent Conway was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party Terry Harder Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Conway
Republican Party Terry Harder

District 30

Note: Incumbent Tracey Eide (D) is not running for re-election.

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Shari Song Approveda
Republican Party Mark Miloscia Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shari Song
Republican Party Mark Miloscia

District 31

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Lynda Messner: 4,585
Republican Party Cathy Dahlquist: 8,836 Approveda
Republican Party Pam Roach: 9,120 Approveda - Incumbent Roach was first elected to the chamber in 1990.

Note: Lane Walthers (D) withdrew before the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Cathy Dahlquist
Republican Party Pam Roach

District 32

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Maralyn Chase: 11,734 Approveda - Incumbent Chase was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Democratic Party Chris Eggen: 5,473
Republican Party Robert Reedy: 5,707 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Maralyn Chase
Republican Party Robert Reedy

District 33

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Karen Keiser: 8,364 Approveda - Incumbent Keiser was first appointed to the chamber in 2001.
Democratic Party Marylin J. Taylor: 2,007
Republican Party Martin Metz: 5,875 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Karen Keiser
Republican Party Martin Metz

District 34

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Sharon K. Nelson Approveda - Incumbent Nelson was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sharon K. Nelson

District 35

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Irene Bowling: 10,524 Approveda
Democratic Party Tim Sheldon: 9,971 Approveda - Incumbent Sheldon was first elected to the chamber in 1996.
Republican Party Travis Couture: 9,371

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Irene Bowling
Democratic Party Tim Sheldon

District 36

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Jeanne Kohl-Welles Approveda - Incumbent Kohl-Welles was first elected to the chamber in 1994.
Republican Party Sarina Forbes Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Republican Party Sarina Forbes

District 37

Note: Incumbent Adam Kline (D) is not running for re-election.

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Claude Burfect: 436
Democratic Party John Stafford: 1,684
Democratic Party Pramila Jayapal: 12,235 Approveda
Democratic Party Sheley Secrest: 2,283
Democratic Party Louis Watanabe: 3,639 Approveda
Republican Party Rowland Martin: 2,317

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Pramila Jayapal
Democratic Party Louis Watanabe

District 38

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party John McCoy Approveda - Incumbent McCoy was first appointed to office by the Snohomish County Council November 27, 2013.
Republican Party Craig French Approveda

Note: Larry Allred (Loss Corporate) withdrew before the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John McCoy
Republican Party Craig French

District 42

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Seth Fleetwood Approveda
Republican Party Doug Ericksen Approveda - Incumbent Ericksen was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Seth Fleetwood
Republican Party Doug Ericksen

District 43

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Jamie Pedersen Approveda - Incumbent Pedersen was first appointed to the chamber in 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jamie Pedersen

District 44

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Steve Hobbs Approveda - Incumbent Hobbs was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party Jim Kellett Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Hobbs
Republican Party Jim Kellett

District 45

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Matt Isenhower Approveda
Republican Party Andy Hill Approveda - Incumbent Hill was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Matt Isenhower
Republican Party Andy Hill

District 46

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party David Frockt Approveda - Incumbent Frockt was first appointed to the chamber in November, 2011.
Republican Party Van Sperry Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Frockt
Republican Party Van Sperry

District 47

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Carol Barber Approveda
Republican Party Joe Fain Approveda - Incumbent Fain was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carol Barber
Republican Party Joe Fain

District 48

Note: Incumbent Rodney Tom (D) is not running for re-election.

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Cyrus Habib Approveda
Republican Party Michelle Darnelle Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cyrus Habib
Republican Party Michelle Darnelle

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