Indiana State Senate elections, 2014

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Indiana State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for the office of Indiana State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Indiana State Senate. The Republican Party strengthened their control of the chamber, increasing their seats from 37 to 40. The Democratic Party sustained the three lost seats, dropping from 13 to 10 overall.

Incumbents retiring

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

Name Party Current Office
Dorothy "Sue" Landske Ends.png Republican Senate District 6
Thomas Wyss Ends.png Republican Senate District 15
Allen Paul Ends.png Republican Senate District 27
Johnny Nugent Ends.png Republican Senate District 43
Lindel Hume Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 48

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Indiana State Senate:

Indiana State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 13 10
     Republican Party 37 40
Total 50 50

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Indiana State Senate, a candidate must be:[1]

  • A United States citizen at the time of election
  • Have resided in the state for at least two years and in the senate district for at least one year before the election
  • Be at least twenty-five (25) years old upon taking office;
  • Registered to vote in the election district the person seeks to represent not later than the deadline for filing the declaration or petition of candidacy or certificate of nomination
2014 Competitiveness Overview
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 11 of the 25 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. A total of 2 Democrats and 9 Republicans were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates faced off in the general election in 14 of the 25 districts up for election.

Primary challenges

A total of two incumbents faced primary competition on May 6. Five incumbents did not seek re-election in 2014 and another 18 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators that faced primary competition were:

Retiring incumbents

Five incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 20 (80.0%) ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, one Democrat and four Republicans, can be found above.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • Frank Mrvan Jr.: 5,561 Approveda - Incumbent Mrvan was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

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Democratic Party Frank Mrvan Jr. Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ken Stevenson

District 4

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • Karen Tallian: 3,958 Approveda - Incumbent Tallian was first appointed to the chamber in 2005.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Karen Tallian Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Note: Incumbent Dorothy "Sue" Landske (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Roxanna Hanford
Republican Party Rick Niemeyer Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Joe Zakas: 4,324 Approveda - Incumbent Zakas was first elected to the chamber in 1982.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joe Zakas Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Dennis K. Kruse: 8,355 Approveda - Incumbent Kruse was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Dennis K. Kruse Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Note: Incumbent Thomas Wyss (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jack E. Morris
Republican Party Liz Brown Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Jim Banks: 11,259 Approveda - Incumbent Banks was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jim Banks Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Travis Holdman: 10,304 Approveda - Incumbent Holdman was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Travis Holdman Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • James R. Buck: 7,889 Approveda - Incumbent Buck was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party James R. Buck Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Ron J. Alting: 7,191 Approveda - Incumbent Alting was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ron J. Alting Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Philip L. Boots: 12,633 Approveda - Incumbent Boots was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob Burkett
Republican Party Philip L. Boots Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Burkett filed to run on June 27, 2014.

District 25

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • Tim Lanane: 5,600 Approveda - Incumbent Lanane was first elected to the chamber in 1997.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Libertarian Party Libertarian Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tim Lanane Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Robert Jozwiak

Note: Jozwiak filed to run on July 2, 2014.

District 26

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Doug Eckerty: 5,703 Approveda - Incumbent Eckerty was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Doug Eckerty Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Note: Incumbent Allen Paul (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jerome "Jake" Hoog
Republican Party Jeff Raatz Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Rex Bell

Note: Bell filed to run on July 2, 2014.

District 29

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Mike Delph: 4,760 Approveda - Incumbent Delph was first elected to the chamber in 2005.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party J.D. Ford
Republican Party Mike Delph Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party James W. Merritt, Jr. Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • Tim Skinner: 7,804 Approveda - Incumbent Skinner was first elected to the chamber in 2002.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tim Skinner
Republican Party Jon Ford Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Lindsey
Republican Party Eric Bassler Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Lindsey filed to run on June 27, 2014.

District 41

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Greggory F. Walker: 7,289 Approveda - Incumbent Walker was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Libertarian Party Libertarian Party candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andy Talarzyk
Republican Party Greggory F. Walker Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Damian Stanziano

Note: Stanziano filed to run on July 2, 2014.

District 43

Note: Incumbent Johnny Nugent (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rudy Howard
Republican Party Chip Perfect Green check mark transparent.png

District 45

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Jim Smith: 4,491 Approveda - Incumbent Smith was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Julie Berry
Republican Party Jim Smith Green check mark transparent.png

District 46

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Ron Grooms: 3,653 Approveda - Incumbent Grooms was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Charles "Chuck" Freiberger
Republican Party Ron Grooms Green check mark transparent.png

District 47

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard D. Young, Jr.
Republican Party Erin Houchin Green check mark transparent.png

District 48

Note: Incumbent Lindel Hume (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Larry Vollmer
Republican Party Mark Messmer Green check mark transparent.png

District 49

Democratic Party May 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party May 6 GOP primary:
  • Jim Tomes: 4,089 Approveda - Incumbent Tomes was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jim Tomes Green check mark transparent.png

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