Ohio State Senate elections, 2010

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Ohio State Senate elections, 2010

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Ohio State Senate
Elections for the office of Ohio's State Senate were held in Ohio on November 2, 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was February 18, 2010 (May 3 for independents). The primary Election Day was May 4, 2010.

In Ohio, senators serve four-year terms with a limit of two consecutive terms. Senators assume office on the first day of January following their election.

There are 17 seats up for re-election in the Ohio senate. Incumbents ran for re-election in 9 of those seats. Of the remaining 8 districts, 7 incumbents were ineligible to run because of term limits.

See also: Ohio State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:


  1. Bill Beagle
  2. Charleta B. Tavares
  3. David T. Daniels
  4. Edna Brown
  5. Eric Kearney
  6. Frank LaRose
  7. Gayle L. Manning
  8. Joseph Schiavoni
  9. Kevin Bacon
  10. Kris Jordan
  11. Michael Skindell
  12. Nina Turner
  13. Scott Oelslager
  14. Shannon Jones
  15. Shirley Smith
  16. Stephen Buehrer
  17. Tim Schaffer

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state legislative elections in 2010

The Ohio State Senate has been a term-limited state senate in Ohio voters approved Ballot Issue 4, an initiated constitutional amendment, in 1992. This amendment became part of Section 2 of Article II of the Ohio Constitution and limits the amount of time that an Ohio State Senator can stay in office to two 4-year terms, saying, "No person shall hold the office of State Senator for a period longer than two successive terms of four years." Senators can run for office again after being out-of-office for at least a four-year period.

In 2010, voters will elect 17 Ohio State Senators. 7 incumbents (41.2% of all incumbents) are term limited in 2010. Of the 7 term limited incumbents, 5 are Republicans and 2 are Democrats. These incumbents are as follows:

Democrats (2):


Republicans (5):


Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Ohio State Senate:

Ohio State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 12 10
     Republican Party 21 23
Total 33 33


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

The expenditures from a candidate's personal funds, or the funds of his or her spouse, parents, children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers, sisters, grandparents, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, or grandparents by marriage, in connection with his or her campaign for nomination for election to office may exceed one hundred thousand dollars during a primary election period in the aggregate or one hundred fifty thousand dollars during the general election period in the aggregate, in the case of statewide candidates, and twenty five thousand dollars during a primary election period in the aggregate or twenty-five thousand dollars during the general election period in the aggregate.[1]

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Ohio 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.[2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2012 36 $12,648,369
2010 57 $10,478,510
2008 44 $10,659,072
2006 48 $11,477,877
2004 40 $11,477,877
2002 38 $8,461,690
2000 41 $8,804,029

During the 2010 election, the total contributions to the 57 Senate candidates was $10,478,510. The top 10 contributors were:[3]

2010 Donors, Ohio State Senate
Donor Amount
Republican Senate Campaign Cmte of Ohio $2,463,124
Ohio Republican Party $1,246,811
Ohio Republican State Senate Campaign Cmte $482,625
Republican Senate Campaign Cmte $325,958
Ohio Democratic Party $213,780
Schneider, Michelle G $151,000
Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio $146,030
Ohio Senate Democrats $145,500
SEIU Healthcare District 1199 $125,451
Ohio Dental Association $122,600

Qualifications

Article 2, Section 3 of the Ohio Constitution states: Senators and representatives shall have resided in their respective districts one year next preceding their election, unless they shall have been absent on the public business of the United States, or of this state.

Article 2, Section 5 of the Ohio Constitution states: No person hereafter convicted of an embezzlement of the public funds, shall hold any office in this state; nor shall any person, holding public money for disbursement, or otherwise, have a seat in the General Assembly, until he shall have accounted for, and paid such money into the treasury.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 10
     Republican Party 23
Total 33

Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

There were 9 incumbents seeking re-election. 1 incumbent (11.1% of those seeking re-election) faced no competition in the November 2 general election.

  • 1 Democratic incumbent faced no November challenger.
  • All GOP incumbents faced a November challenger.

Primary challenges

Only 1 incumbent (11.1% of those seeking re-election) faced competition in the July 27 primary. Incumbent Shannon Jones (R) defeated her primary opponent for District 7.

Retiring incumbents

1 incumbent senator (5.9% of all incumbents) chose not to run for re-election, while 9 incumbents (52.9% of all incumbents) ran for re-election. Dale Miller (D) was the sole incumbent retiring.

List of candidates

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District 1

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:
  • Stephen Buehrer: 29,409 Approveda Incumbent Republican Buehrer first assumed office for the Ohio Senate in 2006.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Erik Cranmer 30,138
Republican Party Stephen Buehrer 85,798 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Note: Incumbent Republican David Goodman was not eligible to run for another four-year term.

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Mark Pfeifer: 7,963 Approveda
  • Ben Kessler: 6,443
  • Bev Campbell: 3,044
  • Roxyanne Burrus: 2,193
  • Star Johnson: 1,498
  • Jim Wiley: 1,058
  • Cortez Bogard: 863
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:
Libertarian Party May 4 Libertarian primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Pfeifer 63,844
Republican Party Kevin Bacon 72,337 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party William Yarbrough 5,849

District 5

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Fred Strahorn: 11,936 Approveda Incumbent Strahorn first assumed office for the 5th District in 2009.
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Fred Strahorn 47,681
Republican Party Bill Beagle 49,339 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:
  • Shannon Jones: 23,316 Approveda Incumbent Jones first assumed office for the 7th District in 2009.
  • Michelle Schneider: 14,986

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sam Pettinichi 40,250
Republican Party Shannon Jones 102,759 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Eric Kearney: 9,941 Approveda Incumbent Kearney first assumed office for the 9th District in 2005.
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:
Libertarian Party May 4 Libertarian primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eric Kearney 54,430 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Deborah M. McKinney 22,842
Libertarian Party Jessica L. Mears 2,677

District 11

Note: Incumbent Democrat Teresa Fedor was not eligible to run for another four-year term.

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Edna Brown 53,547 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tom Waniewski 35,766

District 13

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Sue Morano: 19,299 Approveda Incumbent Morano first assumed office for the 13th District in 2007.
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sue Morano 55,023
Republican Party Gayle L. Manning 60,298 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Note: Incumbent Democrat Ray Miller was not eligible to run for another four-year term.

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Charleta B. Tavares 64,771 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Alicia Healy 24,199

District 17

Note: Incumbent Republican John Carey was not eligible to run for another four-year term.

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Justin Fallon 36,868
Republican Party David T. Daniels 63,830 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Note: Incumbent Republican Bill Harris was not eligible to run for another four-year term.

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Neil Patel 43,562
Republican Party Kris Jordan 97,307 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Shirley A. Smith: 16,131 Approveda Incumbent Smith first assumed office for the 21st District in 2007.
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shirley A. Smith 55,836 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Burrell Jackson 10,321

District 23

Note: Incumbent Democrat Dale Miller will not be seeking re-election in 2010.

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Skindell 49,404 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dave Morris 31,891

District 25

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Nina Turner: 26,665 Approveda Incumbent Turner first assumed office for the 25th District in 2008.
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:
  • No Republican ran for election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nina Turner 77,987 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Note: Incumbent Republican Kevin Coughlin was not eligible for another four-year term.

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Frank Comunale 51,386
Republican Party Frank LaRose 66,742 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Note: Incumbent Republican Kirk Schuring was not eligible for another four-year term.

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Reinbold Jr. 47,440
Republican Party Scott Oelslager 68,481 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Dennis Lupher: 16,695 Approveda Lupher replaced Chelsea Black on the Democratic ticket after her withdrawal.[4]
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:
  • Tim Schaffer: 31,379 Approveda Incumbent Shaffer first assumed office for the 31st District in 2007.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dennis Lupher 43,110
Republican Party Tim Schaffer 88,694 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party May 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Joe Schiavoni: 22,635 Approveda Incumbent Schiavoni first assumed office for the 33rd District in his appointment in 2009
  • Kathleen Purdy: 11,983
Republican Party May 4 GOP primary result:
  • Matt Lewis: 5,764 Approveda
  • Gary Tweeter: 5,143
  • Adam L. Rutushin: 2,799
Libertarian Party May 4 Libertarian primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Schiavoni 75,350 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Matt Lewis 52,476
Libertarian Party John Fockler Jr. 5,019

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