Connecticut State Senate elections, 2014

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Connecticut State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for the office of Connecticut State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 12, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Connecticut State Senate. The chamber's majority is held by the Democratic Party, which lost only a single seat following the election, dropping from 22 to 21. Their Republican counterparts increased from 14 to 15 seats.

Incumbents retiring

A total of six incumbents did not run for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Gary LeBeau Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 3
Edward Meyer Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 12
Andrea Stillman Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 20
John McKinney Ends.png Republican Senate District 28
Donald Williams, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 29
Jason Welch Ends.png Republican Senate District 31

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Connecticut State Senate:

Connecticut State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 22 21
     Republican Party 14 15
Total 36 36

Qualifications

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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.

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In eight of the 36 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. Four Democrats and four Republicans were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates faced off in the general election in 27 of the 36 districts up for election. Four of those seats held competitive elections in 2012 with a margin of victory ranging from 0 to 5 percent. Two other elections were mildly competitive, with a margin of victory of 5 to 10 percent. Three districts that held competitive elections in 2012 feature only one major party in 2014. Those districts were:

Competitive

  • District 7: Incumbent John A. Kissell (R) defeated John Foxx (D) in the general election. Kissell won by a margin of victory of 1 percent in 2012.
  • District 13: Incumbent Dante Bartolomeo (D) faced Len Suzio (R) in the general election. Bartolomeo won by a margin of victory of 0.7 percent in 2012.
  • District 19: Incumbent Catherine A. Osten (D) defeated Steven Everett (R) in the general election. Osten won by a margin of victory of 3 percent in 2012.
  • District 33: Incumbent Art Linares (R) defeated Emily Bjornberg (D) in the general election. Linares won by a margin of victory of 5 percent in 2012.

Mildly Competitive

Previously Competitive, Now Unopposed by Major Party

  • District 16: Incumbent Joe Markley (R) ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Christopher R. Robertson (W) the general election. Markley won by a margin of victory of 4 percent in 2012.
  • District 24: Incumbent Michael A. McLachlan (R) ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Theodore Feng (W) the general election. McLachlan won by a margin of victory of 3 percent in 2012.

Primary challenges

A total of three incumbents faced primary competition on August 12. Six incumbents did not seek re-election in 2014 and another 27 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators that faced primary competition were:

Retiring incumbents

Six incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 30 (83.3%) ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, four Democrats and two Republicans, can be found above.

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.

District 1

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
Green Party Green Party candidates:
Independent Nonpartisan candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John W. Fonfara: 11,097 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Barbara J. Ruhe: 4,135
Green Party Barbara A. Barry: 335
Working Families Party John W. Fonfara: 811
Independent Alyssa S. Peterson: 156

District 2

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eric D. Coleman: 18,905 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Theresa Tillett: 4,507
Working Families Party Eric D. Coleman: 1,224

District 3

Note: Incumbent Gary LeBeau (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Timothy D. Larson: 17,536 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sean Kelly: 11,337

District 4

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
  • Steve Cassano Approveda - Incumbent Cassano first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Cassano: 16,567 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Whit Osgood: 15,181
Working Families Party Steve Cassano: 1,098
Independent Whit Osgood: 1,048

District 5

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
  • Beth Bye Approveda - Incumbent Bye first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Beth Bye: 22,181 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bill Wadsworth: 14,653
Independent Bill Wadsworth: 804

District 6

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Terry Gerratana: 13,637 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Terry Gerratana: 1,897

District 7

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Foxx: 9,704
Republican Party John A. Kissel: 22,160 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Melissa E. Osborne: 13,843
Republican Party Kevin D. Witkos: 22,364 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Kevin D. Witkos: 1,508

District 9

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
  • Paul R. Doyle Approveda - Incumbent Doyle first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul R. Doyle: 20,799 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Earle V. Roberts: 12,164

Note: Roberts filed to run after the primary.

District 10

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gary Holder-Winfield: 15,490 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Gary Holder-Winfield: 1,125

District 11

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Martin M. Looney: 18,162 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Martin M. Looney: 1,631

District 12

Note: Incumbent Edward Meyer (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ted Kennedy, Jr.: 20,885 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bruce H. Wilson, Jr.: 15,690
Working Families Party Ted Kennedy, Jr.: 1,174
Independent Bruce H. Wilson, Jr. 856

District 13

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dante Bartolomeo: 13,918 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Len Suzio: 13,613
Independent Len Suzio: 1,193
Working Families Party Dante Bartolomeo: 1,122

District 14

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gayle Slossberg: 18,234 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Matt Gaynor: 13,013
Independent Matt Gaynor: 847

District 15

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
Working Families Party Working Families Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joan V. Hartley: 12,083 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Karl D. Shehu: 5,739
Working Families Party Blair Bertaccini: 510
Independent Joan V. Hartley: 851

District 16

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
  • Joe Markley Approveda - Incumbent Markley first assumed office in 2011.
Working Families Party Working Families Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joe Markley: 22,132 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Christopher R. Robertson: 5,945

District 17

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
  • Joe Crisco Approveda - Incumbent Crisco first assumed office in 1993.
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Crisco: 14,382 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Philip Tripp: 11,958
Independent Philip Tripp: 902
Working Families Party Joe Crisco: 985

District 18

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andrew Maynard: 16,790 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kevin G. Trejo: 11,873

District 19

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Catherine A. Osten: 15,057 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Steven Everett: 12,047
Working Families Party Catherine A. Osten: 1,369
Independent Steven Everett: 999

District 20

Note: Incumbent Andrea Stillman (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
Working Families Party Working Families Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

{{bluedot} Elizabeth B. Ritter: 13,077
Republican Party Paul M. Formica: 16,103 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Elizabeth B. Ritter: 804
Independent Paul M. Formica: 1,404

District 21

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Prez Palmer: 10,384
Republican Party Kevin C. Kelly: 21,731 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Marilyn Moore: 12,237 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Enrico R. Costantini: 11,545
Working Families Party Marilyn Moore: 1,202

District 23

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andres Ayala, Jr.: 9,476 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Andres Ayala, Jr.: 807

District 24

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
Working Families Party Working Families Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Michael A. McLachlan: 13,392 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Theodore Feng: 2,488
Independent Michael A. McLachlan: 2,046

District 25

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
  • Bob Duff Approveda - Incumbent Duff first assumed office in 2005.
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob Duff: 16,310 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bill Dunne: 10,127

District 26

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
  • Toni Boucher Approveda - Incumbent Boucher first assumed office in 2009.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Phil Sharlach: 12,617
Republican Party Toni Boucher: 24,300 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Phil Sharlach: 658

District 27

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
  • Carlo Leone Approveda - Incumbent Leone first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
Green Party Green Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carlo Leone: 12,142 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Eva A. Maldonado: 8,950
Green Party David Michel: 357
Independent Eva A. Maldonado: 745

District 28

Note: Incumbent John McKinney (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kim Fawcett: 15,121
Republican Party Tony Hwang: 19,428 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Kim Fawcett: 840
Independent Tony Hwang: 1,053

District 29

Note: Incumbent Donald Williams, Jr. (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mae Flexer: 11,537 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John French: 10,850
Working Families Party Mae Flexer: 1,099
Independent John French: 1,266

District 30

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William O. Riiska: 13,749
Republican Party Clark J. Chapin: 17,744 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Clark J. Chapin: 1,498

District 31

Note: Incumbent Jason Welch (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Michalik: 13,773
Republican Party Henri Martin: 15,318 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Robert Michalik: 1,150
Independent Henri Martin: 1,149

Note: Michalik filed to run after the primary.

District 32

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Donato Orsini: 11,383
Republican Party Robert J. Kane: 23,547 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Donato Orsini: 985

District 33

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
  • Art Linares Approveda - Incumbent Linares first assumed office in 2013.
Green Party Green Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Emily Bjornberg: 16,161
Republican Party Art Linares: 21,173 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Colin D. Bennett: 527
Working Families Party Emily Bjornberg: 1,165
Independent Art Linares: 1,499

District 34

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
  • Len Fasano Approveda - Incumbent Fasano first assumed office in 2003.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Len Fasano: 19,160 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Len Fasano: 3,369

District 35

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:

Note: Bill Loftus withdrew from race on July 11.[1]

Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
  • Tony Guglielmo Approveda - Incumbent Guglielmo first assumed office in 1993.
Working Families Party Working Families Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tony Guglielmo: 25,547 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Andrea Penta: 5,183

District 36

Democratic Party August 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed to run.
Republican Party August 12 GOP primary:
Green Party Green Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party L. Scott Frantz: 21,100 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Edward Heflin: 3,189

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