West Virginia State Senate District 2

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West Virginia State Senate District 2
Current incumbentJeffrey V. Kessler Democratic Party
Larry Edgell Democratic Party
Population101,327
Voting age79.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
West Virginia's second state senate district is represented by Democrat Senators Jeffrey V. Kessler and Larry Edgell.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 101,327 civilians reside within West Virginia's second 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 Larry Edgell was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Kent Leonhardt was unopposed in the Republican primary. Leonhardt defeated Edgell and Jeffrey Jarrell (Constitution) in the general election.[7][8]

West Virginia State Senate District 2, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Leonhardt 50% 13,034
     Democratic Larry John Edgell Incumbent 47.4% 12,358
     Constitution Jeffrey Jarrell 2.6% 681
Total Votes 26,073

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 Jeffrey V. Kessler was unchallenged in the general election. Kessler was unopposed in the Democratic.[9][10]

2010

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010

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. Democratic incumbent Larry Edgell was unchallenged in the general election. Edgell was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[11][12]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia State Senate District 2 have raised a total of $474,136. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $33,867 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia State Senate District 2
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $128,772 1 $128,772
2010 $29,009 2 $14,505
2008 $114,027 3 $38,009
2006 $67,437 3 $22,479
2004 $64,840 2 $32,420
2002 $15,223 1 $15,223
2000 $54,828 2 $27,414
Total $474,136 14 $33,867

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