West Virginia State Senate District 10

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West Virginia State Senate District 10
Current incumbentWilliam R. Laird, IV Democratic Party
Ron Miller Democratic Party
Population106,143
Voting age80.0% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
West Virginia's tenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senators William R. Laird, IV and Ron Miller.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 106,143 civilians reside within West Virginia's tenth state senate district.[1] West Virginia state senators represent an average of 54,500 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 53,187 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the West Virginia State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. West Virginia legislators assume office the first day of December following the election.

Qualifications

Section 13 of Article 6 of the West Virginia Constitution states, "No person holding any other lucrative office or employment under this state, the United States, or any foreign government; no member of Congress; and no person who is sheriff, constable, or clerk of any court of record, shall be eligible to a seat in the Legislature."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the West Virginia Legislature are paid $20,000/year. Legislators receive $131/day per diem during session, set by the compensation commission.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor is responsible for filling any vacancy.[5][6]

There are two procedures for filling vacancies dependent upon how much time is left in the vacant senator's term. A gubernatorial appointment is required if less than two months and two years are left in the term. A temporary gubernatorial appointment is required for any vacancy that has more than two months and two years remaining. The person who is selected by the Governor to fill the seat on an interim basis, serves until the next scheduled general election. A special election must be held to determine a permanent replacement. The executive committee of the political party that holds the vacant senate seat is responsible for making recommendations to the Governor on any appointment.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Incumbent Ronald F. Miller was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Duane Zobrist was unopposed in the Republican primary. Miller defeated Zobrist in the general election.[7][8]

West Virginia State Senate District 10, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRonald R. Miller Incumbent 53.8% 13,776
     Republican Duane Zobrist 46.2% 11,815
Total Votes 25,591

2012

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 8, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Democratic incumbent William R. Laird, IV was unchallenged in the general election. Laird was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[9][10]

2010

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010

District 10 elected two senators on November 2, 2010, to fill the open seat, unexpired term, vacated when Senator Don Caruth died May 1, 2010. Mark Wills (D) and Philip Stevens (R) ran for the open seat.[11].

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 11, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. Democrats Ron Miller and Mark Wills defeated Republicans John Barnes and Philip Stevens in the general election. Miller and Wills were unopposed in the Democratic primary election. Barnes and Stevens defeated Richard Romeo, Jr. in the Republican primary election.[12][13]

West Virginia State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRon Miller 26.1% 14,093
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Wills 25.9% 14,029
     Republican John Barnes 24.2% 13,067
     Republican Philip Stevens 23.8% 12,900
Total Votes 54,089
West Virginia State Senate District 10 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Barnes 37.9% 1,449
Green check mark transparent.pngPhilip Stevens 33% 1,261
Richard Romeo 29.1% 1,113
Total Votes 3,823

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia State Senate District 10 have raised a total of $1,264,886. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $54,995 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia State Senate District 10
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $16,754 2 $8,377
2010 $167,262 4 $41,816
2008 $119,251 3 $39,750
2006 $194,871 3 $64,957
2004 $183,947 4 $45,987
2002 $345,070 4 $86,268
2000 $237,731 3 $79,244
Total $1,264,886 23 $54,995

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