West Virginia State Senate District 8
|West Virginia State Senate District 8|
|Current incumbent||Chris Walters|
|Voting age||79.4% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 193,063 civilians reside within West Virginia's eighth and seventeenth state senate district. West Virginia state senators represent an average of 54,500 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 53,187 residents.
About the office
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."
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
|West Virginia State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012|
|West Virginia State Senate, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Jennifer Scragg Karr||45.7%||3,307|
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.
|West Virginia State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Erik Wells Incumbent||63.2%||36,280|
|West Virginia State Senate District 8 Democratic Primary, 2010|
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|
|* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.|
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