West Virginia State Senate District 7

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West Virginia State Senate District 7
Current incumbentArt Kirkendoll Democratic Party
Ron Stollings Democratic Party
Population99,397
Voting age78.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
West Virginia's seventh state senate district is represented by Democrat Senators Art Kirkendoll and Ron Stollings.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 99,397 civilians reside within West Virginia's seventh 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

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. Art Kirkendoll was unchallenged in the general election. Kirkendoll defeated Sammy D. Dalton in the Democratic primary election.[7][8]


West Virginia State Senate, District 7 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngArt Kirkendoll Incumbent 64.2% 11,529
Sammy Dalton 35.8% 6,428
Total Votes 17,957

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 Ron Stollings was unchallenged in the general election. Stollings defeated Jeffrey Eldridge in the Democratic primary election.[9][10]

West Virginia State Senate District 7 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Stollings 53.7% 8,173
Jeffrey Eldridge 46.3% 7,049
Total Votes 15,222

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia State Senate District 7 have raised a total of $1,740,590. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $91,610 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia State Senate District 7
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $91,405 2 $45,703
2010 $198,106 2 $99,053
2008 $418,868 2 $209,434
2006 $143,091 5 $28,618
2004 $363,547 3 $121,182
2002 $316,830 4 $79,208
2000 $208,743 1 $208,743
Total $1,740,590 19 $91,610

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