West Virginia State Senate District 8

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West Virginia State Senate District 8
Current incumbentChris Walters Republican Party
Erik Wells Democratic Party
Population193,063
Voting age79.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
West Virginia's eighth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Chris Walters and Democrat Senator Erik Wells.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 193,063 civilians reside within West Virginia's eighth and seventeenth 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 Erik P. Wells was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Ed Gaunch was unopposed in the Republican primary. Gaunch defeated Wells and Mike Fisher (Constitution) in the general election.[7][8]

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. Republican Chris Walters defeated Democrat Joshua R. Martin in the general election. Walters was unopposed in the Republican primary election. Martin defeated Jennifer Scragg Karr in the Democratic primary election.[9][10]


West Virginia State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Walters 52.9% 19,123
     Democratic Joshua Martin 47.1% 17,039
Total Votes 36,162
West Virginia State Senate, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua Martin 54.3% 3,928
Jennifer Scragg Karr 45.7% 3,307
Total Votes 7,235

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 Erik Wells defeated Republican Bob Ore in the general election. Wells defeated Richard Robb and Richard Lindsay, II in the Democratic primary election. Ore was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[11][12]

West Virginia State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngErik Wells Incumbent 63.2% 36,280
     Republican Bob Ore 36.8% 21,116
Total Votes 57,396
West Virginia State Senate District 8 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngErik Wells 50.4% 8,343
Richard Robb 41.5% 6,866
Richard Lindsay 8.2% 1,352
Total Votes 16,561

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia State Senate District 8 have raised a total of $1,582,742. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $68,815 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia State Senate District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $151,231 3 $50,410
2010 $114,696 4 $28,674
2008 $82,696 3 $27,565
2006 $324,837 4 $81,209
2004 $373,833 3 $124,611
2002 $142,288 3 $47,429
2000 $393,161 3 $131,054
Total $1,582,742 23 $68,815
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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