Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

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Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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Connecticut State Senate2012 Connecticut House Elections
Elections for the office of Connecticut State Senate were held in Connecticut on November 6, 2012. A total of 36 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 12, 2012. The primary election was August 14, 2012.

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

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Connecticut State Senate:

Connecticut State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 22 22
     Republican Party 14 14
Total 36 36


Incumbents retiring

A total of three incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Edith Prague Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 19
Andrew Roraback Ends.png Republican Senate District 30
Eileen Daily Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 33

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 Connecticut 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.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 78 $5,156,062
2008 79 $5,410,734
2006 73 $4,431,204
2004 88 $4,416,892
2002 76 $3,700,656


In 2010, the total campaign contributions raised in senate elections was $5,157,062. The top 10 overall contributors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Public Fund $3,631,306
Public Fund $176,895
Public Funding $88,307
Senate Democrats Victory PAC $42,651
Democrats for New Leadership $38,520
Working Families Party $14,853
Democratic Senate Majority PAC of Connecticut $14,150
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of Connecticut $11,412
Frantz, L Scott $6,500
Senate Republican Majority Cmte of Connecticut $5,195

Qualifications

Article III, Section 3 of the Connecticut Constitution states: The senate shall consist of not less than thirty and not more than fifty members, each of whom shall be an elector residing in the senatorial district from which he is elected. Each senatorial district shall be contiguous as to territory and shall elect no more than one senator.

Map of Connecticut Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 6 legislative districts meet the criteria before and after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Connecticut

The Connecticut General Assembly bears primary responsibility for redistricting. To this end, the legislature appoints an 8-member bi-partisan committee tasked with drafting new maps. Between 2000 and 2010, Connecticut saw 4.9 percent population growth, only half the national average.[3]

In a repeat of the redistricting process following the 1990 and 2000 censuses, the 8 member reapportionment committee failed to adopt a plan by the September 15 deadline. The 8 members were then appointed by the governor to a redistricting commission and selected a ninth member to act as tie-breaker.

With time running out to meet their November 30 deadline,[4] the redistricting commission agreed on a new House map on November 28.[5] Gov. Dan Malloy was critical of the process, stating, "They should get their act together and get reapportionment done. It's an odd number of people. Get a vote, and get it done, and stop playing around with it."[6]

In the final hours before the deadline, the commission approved a plan for state Senate districts.[7]

List of candidates

Note: In Connecticut:

  • Endorsed candidates must be chosen at a party convention.
  • No more than one candidate is allowed to be nominated for any office at the convention.
  • That candidate then runs in the primary as a "party-endorsed candidate."
  • Both endorsed and non-endorsed candidates must receive at least 15% of the vote at a convention or gather enough signatures to equal 2% of enrolled party members.
  • If there is only one candidate, no primary is held.

The only districts with contested primaries in 2012 were District 19, District 23, and District 33.

District 1

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
  • John Fonfara Approveda Incumbent Fonfara first assumed office in 1997.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party John Fonfara: 20,678 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Barbara Ruhe: 4,447
Green Party Jeffery Russell: 488

District 2

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
  • Eric Coleman Approveda Incumbent Coleman first assumed office in 1995.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Eric Coleman: 31,114 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyIndependent Malvi Garcia Lennon: 5,276

District 3

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
  • Gary LeBeau Approveda Incumbent LeBeau first assumed office in 1997.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Gary LeBeau: 27,640 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyIndependent Hector Reveron: 11,531

District 4

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
  • Steve Cassano Approveda Incumbent Cassano first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Steve Cassano: 24,930 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyIndependent Cheri Ann Pelletier: 19,184

District 5

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
  • Beth Bye Approveda Incumbent Bye first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
  • Vacancy in Endorsement[8]

Note: Justin Clark was running but no longer appears on the list of candidates.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Beth Bye: 34,542 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Terry Gerratana: 21,212 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dwight F. Blint: 8,211

District 7

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
  • John Kissel Approveda Incumbent Kissel first assumed office in 1993.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Karen Jamoc: 21,674
Republican Party John Kissel: 22,182 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Elizabeth Traceski (Write-In)

Note: Traceski was not listed in official results.

District 8

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
  • Kevin Witkos Approveda Incumbent Witkos first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel J. Seger: 18,974
Republican Party Kevin Witkos: 28,498 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
  • Paul Doyle Approveda Incumbent Doyle first assumed office 2007.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul Doyle: 28,995 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Dinunzio: 14,187

District 10

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
  • Toni Harp Approveda Incumbent Harp first assumed office in 1993.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
No candidates filed to run.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Toni Harp: 27,121 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
No candidates filed to run.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Martin Looney: 28,689 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
  • Edward Meyer Approveda Incumbent Meyer first assumed office in 2005.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Edward Meyer: 25,888 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyIndependent Cindy Cartier: 22,736

District 13

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
  • Len Suzio Approveda Incumbent Suzio first assumed office in 2011. He also ran on the We the People line.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Dante Bartolomeo: 19,934 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyIndependent Len Suzio: 19,655

District 14

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gayle Slossberg: 27,696 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyIndependent Michael DeGrego: 15,347

District 15

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
  • Joan Hartley Approveda Incumbent Hartley was first elected in 2001.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
No candidates filed to run.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joan Hartley: 19,927 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Blair Bertaccini: 1,140
Independent Andrew "Andy" Larsen: 2,334

District 16

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
  • Joe Markley Approveda Incumbent Markley first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Corky Mazurek: 20,561
Republican Party Joe Markley: 22,455 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
  • Vacancy in Endorsement[8]

Note: Warner C. Pyre, III was running but no longer appears on the list of candidates.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Joseph Crisco: 26,994 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tony Szewczyk: 10,944

District 18

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andrew Maynard: 23,380 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Theresa Madonna: 15,053

District 19

Note: Incumbent Edith Prague (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Catherine A. Osten: 19,882 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyIndependent Christopher Coutu: 18,679

District 20

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andrea Stillman: 24,222 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyIndependent Mike Doyle: 15,323
Libertarian Party Marc Guttman: 665

District 21

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
No candidates filed to run.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Kevin C. Kelly: 28,528 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent John M. Dempsey (Write-In)

Note: Dempsey was not listed in official results.

District 22

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Anthony Musto: 24,512 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chadwick Ciocci: 11,898

District 23

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:

Note: While Gomes lost the Democratic nomination, he initially continued to run for the seat on the Working Families Party ticket, but did not appear on the final list of candidates.[9]

Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Andres Ayala, Jr.: 19,842 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Caz Mizera: 1,815

District 24

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Working Families Party Jason W. Bartlett: 17,305
Republican PartyIndependent Michael McLachlan: 18,537 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
  • Bob Duff Approveda Incumbent Duff first assumed office in 2005.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob Duff: 27,015 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyIndependent Jack Chiaramonte: 13,351

District 26

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Carolanne Curry: 22,510
Republican Party Antonietta Boucher: 31,824 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Remy C. Chevalier

Note: Chevalier ran as a write-in candidate in District 26 and as a nominated Green Party candidate in District 36. She did not appear in official results for District 26.

District 27

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
  • Carlo Leone Approveda Incumbent Leone first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carlo Leone: 19,834 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyIndependent Barry Michelson: 11,925
Green Party Ronald W. Sala: 497

District 28

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
No candidates filed to run.
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
  • John McKinney Approveda Incumbent McKinney first assumed office in 1999.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John McKinney: 33,368 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Donald Williams: 21,567 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sally White: 13,007

District 30

Note: Incumbent Andrew Roraback (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William O. Riiska: 19,474
Republican Party Clark J. Chapin: 23,712 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
  • Jason Welch Approveda Incumbent Welch first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Dave Roche: 19,633
Republican PartyIndependent Jason Welch: 20,506 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
  • Robert Kane Approveda Incumbent Kane first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James C. Gambardella: 16,529
Republican Party Robert Kane: 28,591 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Note: Incumbent Eileen Daily (D) will not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
Green Party Green Party candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party James Crawford: 21,251
Republican PartyIndependent Art Linares: 23,915 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Melissa Schlag: 4,317

District 34

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Fontana: 17,601
Republican PartyIndependent Leonard Fasano: 24,359 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Susan Eastwood: 18,928
Republican Party Anthony Guglielmo: 27,840 Green check mark transparent.png

District 36

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 14 GOP primary:
  • Scott Frantz Approveda Incumbent Frantz first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel Dauplaise: 16,930
Republican Party Scott Frantz: 27,623 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Remy C. Chevalier: 762

Note: Chevalier ran as a write-in candidate in District 26 and as a nominated Green Party candidate in District 36.

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