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Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

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Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District ADistrict BDistrict CDistrict DDistrict EDistrict FDistrict GDistrict HDistrict IDistrict JDistrict KDistrict LDistrict MDistrict NDistrict ODistrict QDistrict RDistrict SDistrict T
Alaska State Senate2012 Alaska House Elections
Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate consisted of a Primary Election on August 28, 2012 and a General Election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 1, 2012. The withdrawal deadline for a candidate to remove their name from the August 28 ballot was July 11, 2012.

A total of 19 seats were up for election in 2012, with only one seat not up for election. In Alaska, senators serve four-year terms with no term limits.

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Incumbents retiring

No incumbents retired in 2012.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the majority was split in the Alaska State Senate:

Alaska State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 7
     Republican Party 10 13
Total 20 20


Game-changers

Alaska State Senate: The State Senate was in the unique position of being equally split between Democrats and Republicans, with each party holding 10 seats. Republicans controlled the redistricting process, increasing the likelihood that they would gain control of the Upper Chamber in 2012.[1] Republicans did ultimately take the majority after the 2012 election with a 13-7 split in the senate.

Primaries

Senate

House

General election

Senate

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Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Alaska in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 19 $1,227,692
2008 19 $863,330
2006 24 $1,560,798
2004 28 $1,867,581
2002 41 $2,196,193

During the 2010 election, the total contributions to the 19 Senate candidates was $1,227,692. The top 10 contributors were:[3]

Donor Amount
Dziubinski, Philip L $153,806
Higgins, Pete $45,410
Moronell, Mark W $39,162
Alaska Republican Party $28,450
Giessel, Cathy $27,535
Giessel, Catherin A (Cathy) $18,125
Alaska Association of Realtors $15,800
Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte of Alaska $15,000
Alaska State Employees Association Local 52 $13,000
Alaska Laborers Local 341 $12,000

Qualifications

Article II, Section 2 of the Alaska Constitution states: A member of the legislature shall be a qualified voter who has been a resident of Alaska for at least three years and of the district from which elected for at least one year, immediately preceding his filing for office. A senator shall be at least twenty-five years of age and a representative at least twenty-one years of age.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Alaska

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Alaska's population increased from 627,000 to 710,000 between 2000 and 2010.[4] Census data showed slowing growth for Alaska compared to previous decades. Although the state showed the fifteenth highest growth rate in the nation, clocking in at 13.3 percent, this was the lowest growth rate for Alaska in 80 years. Most of that growth was as a result of growth in the existing population, as the state showed a net loss to emigration.[5]

Ordinarily, half (10) of Alaska's senators would be up for election in 2012, and half would be up for election in 2014 because senators serve staggered four-year terms. However in 2012, every senator except Dennis Egan (D) faced re-election due to changes resulting from state legislative redistricting. (Egan's district saw only marginal change.) Senators scheduled for the 2014 election were elected to two-year terms in 2012, preserving Alaska's staggered Senate elections.[6]

Senate seats that were elected to a 4 year term are:
Districts A, C, E, G, I, K, M, O, Q, S

Senate seats that were elected to a 2 year term are:
Districts B, D, F, H, J, L, N, R, T

List of Candidates

District 1 (A)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • Joe Thomas Approveda Incumbent Thomas first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Thomas: 6,175
Republican Party John Coghill, Jr.: 9,464 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2 (B)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • Joe Paskvan Approveda Incumbent Paskavan first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Paskvan: 5,249
Republican Party Pete Kelly: 6,232 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3 (C)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

Note: Bill Ward filed for election, but withdrew prior to the primary.[7]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Anne Sudkamp: 4,074
Republican Party Click Bishop: 10,051 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4 (D)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mike Dunleavy: 11,724 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5 (E)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Susan Parsons Herman: 2,790
Republican Party Charlie Huggins: 9,828 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6 (F)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:

Note: Daniel Elliott filed to run for election, but withdrew prior to the primary.[7]

Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:
  • Fred Dyson Approveda Incumbent Dyson first assumed office in 2003.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Martin J. Lindeke: 3,238
Republican Party Fred Dyson: 9,954 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7 (G)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill Wielechowski: 6,378 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bob Roses: 4,977

Note: Independent David G. Walker's nominating petition was denied.

District 8 (H)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Berta Gardner: 6,950 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Don Smith: 4,730

District 9 (I)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • Johnny Ellis Approveda Incumbent Ellis first assumed office in 1993.
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Johnny Ellis: 6,818 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Paul Kendall: 3,190

District 10 (J)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Hollis French, II: 7,605 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bob Bell: 7,546

Note: On November 29, 2012, this contest was subject to a recount, of which the results appear above; the outcome was not affected.[8]

District 11 (K)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

Note: Rex Snyder filed to run for election, but withdrew prior to the primary.[7]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Roselynn Cacy: 4,694
Republican Party Lesil McGuire: 9,291 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12 (L)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:
  • Kevin Meyer Approveda Incumbent Meyer first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jacob Hale: 3,894
Republican Party Kevin Meyer: 10,304 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13 (M)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bettye Davis: 6,676
Republican Party Anna Fairclough: 11,012 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14 (N)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Catherine Giessel: 10,405 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Ron Devon: 7,202

District 15 (O)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Peter Micciche: 12,947 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17 (Q)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:
  • Bert Stedman Approveda Incumbent Stedman first assumed office in 2003.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Albert Kookesh: 5,413
Republican Party Bert Stedman: 9,829 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18 (R)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Henrichs: 3,277
Republican Party Gary L. Stevens: 7,673 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19 (S)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lyman Hoffman: 8,194 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20 (T)

Democratic Party August 28 Democratic primary:
  • Donald Olson Approveda Incumbent Olson first assumed office in 2001.
Republican Party August 28 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Donald Olson: 7,455 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Allen Minish: 2,415

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