Utah State Senate elections, 2014

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Utah State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for the office of Utah State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014.

Incumbents retiring

A total of two incumbents are not running for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Patricia Jones Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 04
Stuart C. Reid Ends.png Republican Senate District 18

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Utah State Senate:

Utah State Senate
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 5 Pending
     Republican Party 24 Pending
Total 29 29

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 2 (14.3%) of the 14 districts up for election in 2014, there is only one major party candidate running for election. A total of one Republican and one Democrat are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates will face off in the general election in 12 (85.7%) of the 14 districts up for election.

Convention challenges

A total of 3 incumbents faced convention competition for their party's nomination. One incumbent faced primary competition. Two incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 8 incumbents advanced past the convention without opposition. The state senators in the primary convention were:

Primary challenges

The senator that faced primary competition was:

Retiring incumbents

Two incumbent senators are not running for re-election, while 12 (85.7%) are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents, one Republican and one Democrat, can be found above.

Qualifications

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To be eligible to serve in the Utah State Senate, a candidate must be:[1]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 25 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A three-year resident of Utah at the filing deadline time
  • A resident for 6 months of the senate district from which elected at the filing deadline time
  • No person holding any public office of profit or trust under authority of the United States, or of this State, can be a member of the state senate, provided, that appointments in the State Militia, and the offices of notary public, justice of the peace, United States commissioner, and postmaster of the fourth class, shall not, within the meaning of this section, be considered offices of profit or trust.
  • A qualified voter. A qualified voter is someone who is:
* A U.S. citizen
* A resident of Utah for at least 30 days prior to the next election
* At least 18 years old by the next election
* His or her principal place of residence is in a specific voting precinct in Utah.

Convention system

Utah has a unique election system that combines local conventions and party primaries. A precinct caucus is held to vote for delegates to county conventions. Precinct delegates vote at the county conventions to nominate candidates for state office. In order to forgo a primary election, a candidate must receive more than 60% of the votes at the county convention. If multiple candidates run and none receive 60% of the vote, the candidate with the lowest total is eliminated and another vote is taken. Once only two candidates remain, if neither receives more than 60% of the vote, both will advance to the party's primary. Each party holds its own caucuses and conventions.[2][3][4]

List of candidates

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on August 9, 2014. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

District 2

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
  • Jim Dabakis Approveda - Incumbent Dabakis was first appointed to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
Republican Party June 24 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Dabakis
Republican Party Jacquie Nielson

District 3

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
  • Gene Davis Approveda - Incumbent Davis was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gene Davis

District 4

Note: Incumbent Patricia Jones (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jani Iwamoto
Republican Party Sabrina R. Petersen

District 5

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
  • Karen Mayne Approveda - Incumbent Mayne was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Karen Mayne
Republican Party Skylar D. Burnside

District 9

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
  • Wayne Niederhauser Approveda - Incumbent Niederhauser was first appointed to the chamber in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kathryn Gustafson
Republican Party Wayne Niederhauser

District 11

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michele Weeks
Republican Party Howard A. Stephenson

District 12

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Clare Collard
Republican Party Daniel W. Thatcher

District 15

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
  • Margaret Dayton Approveda - Incumbent Dayton was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Emmanuel "Manny" Kepas
Republican Party Margaret Dayton

District 17

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
  • Peter C. Knudson Approveda - Incumbent Knudson was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Constitution Party Constitution candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Totman
Republican Party Peter C. Knudson
Constitution Party Kirk D. Pearson

District 18

Note: Incumbent Stuart C. Reid (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mat Wenzel
Republican Party Ann Millner
Libertarian Party Dwight Steffner

District 21

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sherri Tatton
Republican Party Jerry W. Stevenson

District 22

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kip Sayre
Republican Party J. Stuart Adams
Libertarian Party Brent Zimmerman

District 26

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
Republican Party Republican convention candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Wayne Stevens
Republican Party Kevin T. Van Tassell

District 28

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 24 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Evan J. Vickers

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