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Ryan Ferns

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Ryan Ferns
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Current candidacy
Running for West Virginia State Senate, District 1
Date of primaryMay 13, 2014
Current office
West Virginia House of Delegates District 3
In office
2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWheeling Jesuit University, 2005
Personal
Place of birthWheeling, West Virginia
ProfessionPhysical Therapist
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ryan Ferns is a Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Ferns is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 1 of the West Virginia State Senate.

Originally elected as a Democrat, Ferns switched his party affiliation to Republican on November 25, 2013.[1]

Biography

Ferns earned his B.S. in Business Marketing and a doctorate in Physical Therapy from Wheeling Jesuit University. His professional experience includes working for Genesis HealthCare as a physical therapist since 2009, and serving as the President of Ryan's Rentals, LLC.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ferns served on the following committees:

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance, Vice Chair
Government Organization
Health and Human Resources
Political Subdivisions
Children, Juveniles and Other Issues
Joint Government Organization
Health

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ferns served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2010

Ferns's Facebook page highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Jobs - Wants to encourage "technology-based, energy-based jobs of the future."
  • Increasing population - Believes if jobs are increased, the population of the area will increase, and the younger generation will stay.
  • Healthcare - Believes that because the jobs are fewer, fewer people have access to good health insurance.

Elections

2014

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate will consist of a primary election on May 13, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Incumbent Rocky Fitzsimmons is unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Ryan Ferns is unopposed in the Republican primary.[3]

2012

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Ferns won re-election in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 3. Ferns and Shawn Fluharty advanced unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary election. Ferns and incumbent Erikka Storch (R) defeated Fluharty and Larry Tighe (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErikka Storch Incumbent 37.6% 10,705
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Ferns Incumbent 26.1% 7,431
     Democratic Shawn Fluharty 25.1% 7,151
     Republican Larry Tighe 11.1% 3,150
Total Votes 28,437

2010

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2010

Ferns was elected to one of two positions in District 3 on the ballot in the November 2, 2010, general election. He was opposed by Republicans Erikka Storch and Dolph Santorine and Democrat Shawn Fluharty. Only the top two vote-getters were elected.[7][8]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 3 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Erikka Lynn Storch (R) 5,410 28.23%
Green check mark transparent.png Ryan Ferns (D) 4,958 25.87%
West Virginia State Senate, District 3 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.pngShawn Lucas Fluharty (D) 2,119 20.78%
Green check mark transparent.png Ryan James Ferns (D) 1,994 19.55%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ferns is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ferns raised a total of $108,143 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 25, 2013.[9]

Ryan Ferns's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State House, District 3 Won $56,840
2010 West Virginia State House, District 3 Won $51,303
Grand Total Raised $108,143

2012

Ferns won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2012. During that election cycle, Ferns raised a total of $56,840.

2010

Ferns won election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2010. During that election cycle, Ferns raised a total of $51,303.

Personal

Ferns has been a member of Friends of Coal, the National Rifle Association and the West Virginia Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Planning Advisory Council.[10]

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