Marla Ingels

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Marla Dee Ingels
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Former candidate for
West Virginia House of Representatives, District 4
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University
Master'sMarshall Graduate College and West Virginia University
ProfessionPublic education
Campaign website
Marla Ingels was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 4 of the West Virginia State Senate. Ingels was an Independent candidate for Governor of West Virginia in the 2011 elections. She lost in the special election to Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin on October 4, 2011.


Ingels' professional experience includes working as an elementary school counselor at Jackson County Schools and as a special educator from 1998 until 2003.[1]


Ingels earned her B.S. in psychology from West Virginia University, her MEd in special education from West Virginia University, and her M.A. in counseling from Marshall Graduate College.



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Ingels ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 4. Ingels was defeated by Michael "Mike" Bright in the May 8 primary election.[2][3]

West Virginia State Senate, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Bright 67.5% 6,085
Marla Ingels 32.5% 2,936
Total Votes 9,021


See also: West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011 and West Virginia state executive official elections, 2011

West Virginia was not scheduled to hold a gubernatorial election until 2012. However, elected Democrat Joe Manchin gave up the seat to join the U.S. Senate in the 2010 midterms. Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, also a Democrat, took over the office as the Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia is a title accorded to the legislator elected as Senate President, and is next in succession to the office of governor.


In the special election held October 4, 2011, Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin defeated Republican Bill Maloney, Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber, Independent candidate Marla Ingels, and American Third Position candidate Harry Bertram.

Governor of West Virginia, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Ray Tomblin Incumbent 49.6% 149,202
     Republican Bill Maloney 47% 141,656
     Mountain Party Bob Henry Baber 2% 6,083
     Independent Marla Ingels 1% 2,875
     American Third Position Harry Bertram 0.4% 1,111
     Write-In Phil Hudok 0% 76
     Write-In Donald Lee Underwood 0% 54
     Write-In John R. "Rick" Bartlett 0% 27
Total Votes 301,084
Election Results via West Virginia Secretary of State


In 2011, Ingels' website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • make education meaningful again
  • put the curriculum back to where it belongs
  • keep representatives focused on the people
  • hold insurance companies accountable for contracts
  • West Virginia business for West Virginians
  • authentic West Virginian politicians in political offices

See also

State Executive elections

MississippiWest Virginia

GubernatorialLt. Governor
Attorney GeneralSecretary of State
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