Michigan State Senate elections, 2014

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Michigan State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Michigan State Senate. The overall composition of the chamber shifted by two seats, with the Republican Party picking up two additional seats to increase their total from 26 to 28. The party continues their control of the State Senate. The Democratic Party dropped their total seats from 12 to 10.

Incumbents retiring

A total of 10 incumbents did not run for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Tupac Hunter Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 5
Glenn Anderson Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 6
John Pappageorge Ends.png Republican Senate District 13
Bruce Caswell Ends.png Republican Senate District 16
Randy Richardville Ends.png Republican Senate District 17
Gretchen Whitmer Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 23
Mark Jansen Ends.png Republican Senate District 28
Roger Kahn Ends.png Republican Senate District 31
John Moolenaar Ends.png Republican Senate District 36
Howard Walker Ends.png Republican Senate District 37

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Michigan State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 12 10
     Republican Party 26 28
Total 38 38

Qualifications

Section 7 of Article 4 of the Michigan Constitution states, "Each senator and representative must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age, and an elector of the district he represents. The removal of his domicile from the district shall be deemed a vacation of the office. No person who has been convicted of subversion or who has within the preceding 20 years been convicted of a felony involving a breach of public trust shall be eligible for either house of the legislature."

2014 Competitiveness Overview
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In all 38 districts up for election, there were candidates from both major parties running for election. Because of this, no candidates were guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Primary challenges

A total of nine incumbents (23.7%) faced primary competition on August 5. Ten incumbents (26.3%) did not run for re-election and another 19 incumbents (50.0%) advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators that faced primary competition were:

Retiring incumbents

Ten incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 28 (73.7%) ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, three Democrats and seven Republicans, can be found above.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

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Democratic Party Coleman Young II: 48,510 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Barry Berk: 19,021

District 2

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bert Johnson: 41,452 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mark Price: 14,354
Independent Jeff Hall: 2,088

District 3

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
  • Morris Hood Approveda - Incumbent Hood first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Morris Hood: 45,546 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Matthew Keller: 11,086

District 4

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Virgil Smith: 49,970 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Keith Franklin: 11,047

Note: Worthy received one write-in vote.

District 5

Note: Incumbent Tupac Hunter (D) did not seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Knezek: 59,680 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jennifer Rynicki: 13,286

District 6

Note: Incumbent Glenn Anderson (D) did not seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Hoon-Yung Hopgood: 42,835 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Darrell McNeill: 25,919

District 7

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dian Slavens: 47,110
Republican Party Patrick Colbeck: 52,567 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Note: Incumbent Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) ran for re-election in District 6.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Christine Bell: 34,279
Republican Party Jack Brandenburg: 55,304 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
  • Steve Bieda Approveda - Incumbent Bieda first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Bieda: 48,146 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Hawke Fracassa: 22,699

District 10

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kenneth Jenkins: 30,657
Republican Party Tory Rocca: 51,465 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Note: Incumbent Jack Brandenburg (R) ran for re-election in District 8.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Vincent Gregory: 70,862 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Boris Tuman: 22,846
Libertarian Party James Young: 2,994

District 12

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul Secrest: 37,067
Republican Party Jim Marleau: 50,117 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Note: Incumbent John Pappageorge (R) did not seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cyndi Peltonen: 42,892
Republican Party Marty Knollenberg: 59,570 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Note: Incumbent Vincent Gregory (D) ran for re-election in District 11.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bobbie Walton: 34,502
Republican Party David Robertson: 46,826 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael D. Smith: 37,489
Republican Party Mike Kowall: 52,797 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Note: Incumbent Bruce Caswell (R) did not seek re-election.[1]

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kevin Commet: 26,823
Republican Party Mike Shirkey: 41,667 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Note: Incumbent Randy Richardville (R) did not seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Doug Spade: 34,706
Republican Party Dale Zorn: 38,442 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution Party Jeff Andring: 2,039

District 18

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rebekah Warren: 61,421 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Terry Linden: 23,745

District 19

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:
  • Mike Nofs Approveda - Incumbent Nofs first assumed office in 2009.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Greg Grieves: 27,951
Republican Party Mike Nofs: 44,798 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Note: Incumbent Tonya Schuitmaker (R) ran for re-election in District 26.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sean McCann: 36,571
Republican Party Margaret O'Brien: 36,630 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Lorence Wenke: 7,263

District 21

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:
  • John Proos Approveda - Incumbent Proos first assumed office in 2011.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bette Pierman: 25,090
Republican Party John Proos: 45,586 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:
  • Joe Hune Approveda - Incumbent Hune first assumed office in 2011.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shari Pollesch: 37,709
Republican Party Joe Hune: 58,380 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Jeff Wood: 3,108

District 23

Note: Incumbent Gretchen Whitmer (D) did not seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Curtis Hertel: 50,824 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Craig Whitehead: 26,076

District 24

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:
  • Rick Jones Approveda - Incumbent Jones first assumed office in 2011.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dawn Levey: 42,776
Republican Party Rick Jones: 55,332 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:
  • Phil Pavlov Approveda - Incumbent Pavlov first assumed office in 2011.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Terry Brown: 36,832
Republican Party Phil Pavlov: 46,553 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Note: Incumbent David Robertson (R) ran for re-election in District 14.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Walters: 26,782
Republican Party Tonya Schuitmaker: 47,244 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party William Wenzel: 2,944

District 27

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
  • Jim Ananich Approveda - Incumbent Ananich first assumed office in 2013.
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Ananich: 51,291 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brendt Gerics: 15,062

District 28

Note: Incumbent Mark Jansen (R) did not seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Deb Havens: 25,131
Republican Party Peter MacGregor: 53,221 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution Party Ted Gerrard: 2,115

District 29

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lance Penny: 34,278
Republican Party Dave Hildenbrand: 47,200 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:
  • Arlan Meekhof Approveda - Incumbent Meekhof first assumed office in 2011.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sarah Howard: 24,940
Republican Party Arlan Meekhof: 62,338 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ron Mindykowski: 38,086
Republican Party Mike Green: 45,699 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Note: Incumbent Roger Kahn (R) did not seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stacy Erwin Oakes: 41,539
Republican Party Ken Horn: 49,452 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:
  • Judy Emmons Approveda - Incumbent Emmons first assumed office in 2011.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Fred Sprague: 27,235
Republican Party Judy Emmons: 36,420 Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cathy Forbes: 31,246
Republican Party Goeff Hansen: 39,129 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:
  • Darwin Booher Approveda - Incumbent Booher first assumed office in 2011.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Glenn Lottie: 34,872
Republican Party Darwin Booher: 51,299 Green check mark transparent.png

District 36

Note: Incumbent John Moolenaar (R) ran for Congress.

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Lukasiewicz: 32,788
Republican Party Jim Stamas: 51,849 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

Note: Incumbent Howard Walker (R) did not seek re-election.[2]

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Phil Bellfy: 35,031
Republican Party Wayne Schmidt: 54,981 Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Democratic Party August 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 5 Republican primary:
  • Tom Casperson Approveda - Incumbent Casperson first assumed office in 2011.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Christopher Germain: 31,277
Republican Party Tom Casperson: 50,690 Green check mark transparent.png

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