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West Virginia State Senate District 5

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West Virginia State Senate District 5
Current incumbentRobert H. "Bob" Plymale Democratic Party
Mike Woelfel Democratic Party
Population103,358
Voting age80.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
West Virginia's fifth state senate district is represented by Democrat Senators Robert H. "Bob" Plymale and Mike Woelfel.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 103,358 civilians reside within West Virginia's fifth 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. Robert Alexander was defeated by Mike Woelfel in the Democratic primary, while Vicki Dunn-Marshall was unopposed in the Republican primary. Woelfel defeated Dunn-Marshall and Roy L. Ramey (I) in the general election.[7][8][9]

West Virginia State Senate District 5, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Woelfel 49.8% 12,511
     Republican Vicki Dunn-Marshall 47% 11,818
     Independent Roy L. Ramey 3.2% 793
Total Votes 25,122

West Virginia State Senate, District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Woelfel 74.5% 5,218
Robert Alexander 25.5% 1,784
Total Votes 7,002

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 Robert H. "Bob" Plymale was unchallenged in the general election. Plymale was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[10][11]

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 Evan Jenkins was unchallenged in the general election. Jenkins defeated John Cummings and Kevin Scott Regan in the Democratic primary election.[12][13]

West Virginia State Senate District 5 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEvan Jenkins 66.3% 5,490
John Cummings 26.4% 2,185
Kevin Scott Regan 7.4% 609
Total Votes 8,284

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia State Senate District 5 have raised a total of $1,065,364. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $53,268 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia State Senate District 5
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $77,281 2 $38,641
2010 $147,738 3 $49,246
2008 $101,274 3 $33,758
2006 $209,089 3 $69,696
2004 $94,919 3 $31,640
2002 $414,655 5 $82,931
2000 $20,408 1 $20,408
Total $1,065,364 20 $53,268

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