Samuel Cann, Sr.

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Samuel Cann, Sr.
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West Virginia State Senate District 12
Incumbent
In office
January 2013 – present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Appointed2013
Appointed byGov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
West Virginia House of Delegates District 48
1995-January 2013
Education
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University
Master'sWest Virginia University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 26, 1954
Place of birthClarksburg
ProfessionBusinessman
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Samuel Cann, Sr. (b. January 26, 1954) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 12. He was first appointed to the chamber in January 2013.[1]

Cann previously was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 48 from 2012 to 2013 and District 41 from 1994 to 2012.

Biography

Cann earned his B.A. and M.S. from West Virginia University. Cann is a businessman.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development, Vice Chair
Government Organization
Judiciary
Agriculture and Rural Development
Pensions
Energy, Industry and Mining
Agriculture and Agri-business
Joint Government Organization
Joint Judiciary
Pensions and Retirement

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cann served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Cann's campaign website highlights the follow campaign themes:[3]

  • Economic Fairness & Jobs
Excerpt: "As a legislator, Sam Cann knows that nothing is more important to the people of West Virginia than a strong, vibrant economy that will continue to create good paying jobs, giving our children the choice to live and work in their home state. Sam voted to increase the minimum wage and to cut taxes by over $400 million for our working families and businesses to generate more quality jobs and paychecks to support a family."
  • Energy & Natural Resources
Excerpt: "Coal has been the life-blood of West Virginia’s economy for generations and it will continue to play an important role for a long time to come. For that reason, Sam has fought to expand clean coal technology and has urged the EPA to adopt reasonable, consistent and attainable standards for coal mining that will protect both our environment and our jobs."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "Sam has always believed that we should do more than show our patriotism on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, so during the legislative session in 2000, he was honored to introduce legislation, with his fellow delegates, for funding to build the first veteran’s skilled nursing facility in West Virginia. As a result of our work, a special Veteran’s Instant Lottery ticket was created and it has generated just over 11 million dollars for this state-of-the-art facility for West Virginia’s heroes!"

2012

Cann's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Economy

  • Excerpt: "Sam Cann has also been instrumental in this effort by sponsoring legislation to diversify the economy including: research into the use of WV coal for alternative fuels, investment in infrastructure and the building of private and public partnerships to improve recreation facilities. But perhaps, some of Sam’s most significant accomplishments have been his work with Graftech International in Anmoore that resulted in expansion of the facility, adding 60 new manufacturing jobs and his strategic involvement with other community leaders in obtaining a viable use for the soon-to-be vacant United Hospital Center."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "banning the practice of partial-birth abortions, creating a medical co-pay program for inmates, Increasing the criminal penalties for persons who obstruct, flee from or make false statements to law-enforcement officers and establishing procedures and criteria for the speedy payment of claims by health insurers."

Elections

2012

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Cann won re-election in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 48. Cann advanced unopposed in the May 8 primary election and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 48, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Miley Incumbent 14.9% 13,318
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Iaquinta Incumbent 14.1% 12,633
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSam Cann Incumbent 13.7% 12,302
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDanny Hamrick 13.5% 12,096
     Democratic Ron Fragale Incumbent 13.3% 11,877
     Republican Diana Bartley 10.8% 9,705
     Republican Terry Woodside 10.5% 9,432
     Republican Ed Randolph 9.1% 8,148
Total Votes 89,511
West Virginia House of Delegates, District 48 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Miley Incumbent 22.7% 5,809
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Fragale Incumbent 22.4% 5,728
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard J. Iaquinta Incumbent 22.4% 5,727
Green check mark transparent.pngSam Cann Incumbent 20.5% 5,233
Martin Shaffer 11.9% 3,050
Total Votes 25,547

2010

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2010

Cann was re-elected to District 41. Cann was one of eight candidates running for four positions in District 41 on the ballot in the November 2, 2010, general election. He defeated Republicans Diana Bartley, William Griffith, Danny Hamrick, and Edward "Buddy" Randolph. The top four vote-getters were elected. He defeated Democrats Frank "Chunki" Angotti, and Anthony "Tony" Barberio in the May 11 primary.[7][8][9]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 41 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Timothy Miley (D) 11,894 15.07%
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Iaquinta (D) 11,796 14.95%
Green check mark transparent.png Samuel Cann (D) 11,516 14.59%
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Fragale (D) 11,168 14.15%
Daniel Hamrick (R) 9,865 12.50%
Laura Bartley (R) 8,896 11.27%
Edward Randolph (R) 6,992 8.86%
William Griffith (R) 6,780 8.59%
West Virginia State Senate, District 41 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Richard J. Iaquinta (D) 5,949 14.97%
Green check mark transparent.png Timothy Robert Miley (D) 5,921 14.90%
Green check mark transparent.png Ronald A. Fragale (D) 5,832 14.67%
Green check mark transparent.png Samuel J. Cann (D) 5,155 12.97%
Frank Thomas Angotti, Jr. (D) 4,381 11.02%
Anthony J. Barberio (D) 1,999 5.03%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cann is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Cann raised a total of $425,738 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[10]

Samuel Cann, Sr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia House, District 48 Won $73,456
2010 West Virginia House, District 41 Won $96,451
2008 West Virginia House, District 41 Won $53,962
2006 West Virginia House, District 41 Won $48,739
2004 West Virginia House, District 41 Won $34,285
2002 West Virginia House, District 41 Won $36,592
2000 West Virginia House, District 41 Won $37,100
1998 West Virginia House, District 41 Won $45,153
Grand Total Raised $425,738

2012

Cann won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2012. During that election cycle, Cann raised a total of $73,456.
West Virginia House of Delegates 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Samuel Cann, Sr.'s campaign in 2012
Citizens to Elect Samuel J. Cann 2010$23,267
Contractors Association of West Virginia$2,000
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce$1,750
Dominion$1,500
American Electric Power$1,250
Total Raised in 2012$73,456
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Cann received $96,451 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]

West Virginia House House of Delegates 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Samuel Cann, Sr.'s campaign in 2010
Dominion$2,250
Contractors Association Of West Virginia House$2,000
Dannunzio, Vincent F$2,000
Dannunzio, David$2,000
West Virginia House Chamber Of Commerce$1,750
Total Raised in 2010 $96,451

2008

In 2008, when Cann won re-election to the House of Delegates, he collected $53,962 in donations.[12]

His largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Dominion $1,500
American Electric Power $1,250
11 other contributors $1,000 each

Personal

Cann and his wife, Phylis Mazza, have five children.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Minard (D)
West Virginia State Senate District 12
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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West Virginia House of Representatives District 48
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Ron Fragale (D)
Preceded by
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West Virginia House of Representatives District 41
1994–2012
Succeeded by
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