Washington State Senate elections, 2014

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Washington State Senate elections, 2014

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Elections for the office of Washington State Senate will consist of a blanket primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014.

The Washington State Senate is one of 20 state legislative chambers noted by Ballotpedia staff as being a battleground chamber. With vacant seats counting towards the party that previously held the seat, the Washington Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of one seat, which amounts to 4 percent of seats up for election in 2014. In 2012, when 24 districts were up for election, a total of four districts were competitive or mildly competitive.

Incumbents retiring

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

Name Party Current Office
Janéa Holmquist Ends.png Republican Senate District 13
Tracey Eide Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 30
Adam Kline Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 37
Rodney Tom Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 48

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Washington State Senate:

Washington State Senate
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 25 Pending
     Republican Party 24 Pending
Total 49 49

Qualifications

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Section 7 of Article 2 of the Washington State Constitution states, "No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the district for which he is chosen."

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In three of the 25 districts up for election in 2014, there is only one major party candidate running for election. Two Democrats and one Republican are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances. Candidates from both major parties will face off in the general election in 22 of the 25 districts up for election.

In 2012, when 26 districts were up for election, a total of four districts were considered to be competitive or mildly competitive. None of these districts are up for election in 2014.

Competitive

District 17: Incumbent Don Benton (R) defeated Tim Probst (D) in the 2012 general election. Benton won the election by a margin of victory of 0.1 percent.

Mildly competitive

District 5: Mark Mullet (D) won the general election by a margin of victory of 9 percent in 2012.
District 10: Barbara Bailey (R) won the general election by a margin of victory of 6 percent in 2012.
District 41: Incumbent Steve Litzow (R) won the general election by a margin of victory of 8 percent in 2012.

Primary challenges

A total of 4 incumbents will face primary competition on August 5. Four incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 17 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition.

Retiring incumbents

Four incumbent representatives are not running for re-election, while 21 (84.0%) are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents, three Democrats and one Republican, can be found above.

Context

The Washington State Senate is currently Republican controlled 24-23, with two vacant seats. Republicans gained control of the Senate in late 2012 when two incumbents switched from the Democratic party after the elections. Crosscut Seattle said that there are up to ten Senate districts, listed below, that could be considered "swing" districts in the November elections. Minority Democrats would need to win four of the ten districts to regain control of the Senate; Republicans currently hold six of these Senate seats. In fifteen of the past twenty years, Democrats have had control of the Senate.[1][2][3]

Race to Watch

Crosscut Seattle's ten districts to watch as potential swing districts are District 6, District 26, District 28, District 30, District 35, District 42, District 44, District 45, District 47 and District 48. In these districts, two Democratic incumbents are not running. One incumbent Democratic senator will face Republican opponents in the general elections and one incumbent will face off against another Democrat and a Republican in the primary. In the other six districts, Republican incumbents will face Democratic opponents in general election.[3]

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 June 7, 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 6

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Rich Cowan
Republican Party Michael Baumgartner - Incumbent Baumgartner was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 7

August 5 primary candidates:
Republican Party Tony Booth
Republican Party Brian Dansel - Incumbent Dansel was first elected to the chamber in a special election on November 5, 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 8

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Doug McKinley
Republican Party Sharon Brown - Incumbent Brown was first appointed to the chamber on January 28, 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 13

Note: Incumbent Janéa Holmquist (R) is running for the U.S. House

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Mohammad Said
Republican Party Judith "Judy" Warnick

November 4 General election candidates:

District 15

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Gabriel Munoz
Republican Party Jim Honeyford - Incumbent Honeyford was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 21

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Marko Liias - Incumbent Liias was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party Dan Matthews

November 4 General election candidates:

District 26

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Judy Arbogast
Republican Party Jan Angel - Incumbent Angel was first elected to the chamber in a special election on November 5, 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 28

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Tami Green
Republican Party Steve O'Ban - Incumbent O'Ban was first appointed to the chamber in on June 5, 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 29

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Steve Conway - Incumbent Conway was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party Terry Harder

November 4 General election candidates:

District 30

Note: Incumbent Tracey Eide (D) is not running for re-election.

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Shari Song
Republican Party Mark Miloscia

November 4 General election candidates:

District 31

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Lynda Messner
Republican Party Cathy Dahlquist
Republican Party Pam Roach - Incumbent Roach was first elected to the chamber in 1990.

Note: Lane Walthers (D) withdrew before the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 32

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Maralyn Chase - Incumbent Chase was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Democratic Party Chris Eggen
Republican Party Robert Reedy

November 4 General election candidates:

District 33

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Karen Keiser - Incumbent Keiser was first appointed to the chamber in 2001.
Democratic Party Marylin J. Taylor
Republican Party Martin Metz

November 4 General election candidates:

District 34

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Sharon K. Nelson - Incumbent Nelson was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 35

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Irene Bowling
Democratic Party Tim Sheldon - Incumbent Sheldon was first elected to the chamber in 1996.
Republican Party Travis Couture

November 4 General election candidates:

District 36

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Jeanne Kohl-Welles - Incumbent Kohl-Welles was first elected to the chamber in 1994.
Republican Party Sarina Forbes

November 4 General election candidates:

District 37

Note: Incumbent Adam Kline (D) is not running for re-election.

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Claude Burfect
Democratic Party John Stafford
Democratic Party Pramila Jayapal
Democratic Party Sheley Secrest
Democratic Party Louis Watanabe
Republican Party Rowland Martin

November 4 General election candidates:

District 38

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party John McCoy - Incumbent McCoy was first appointed to office by the Snohomish County Council November 27, 2013.
Republican Party Craig French

Note: Larry Allred (Loss Corporate) withdrew before the primary.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 42

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Seth Fleetwood
Republican Party Doug Ericksen - Incumbent Ericksen was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 43

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Jamie Pedersen - Incumbent Pedersen was first appointed to the chamber in 2013.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 44

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Steve Hobbs - Incumbent Hobbs was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party Jim Kellett

November 4 General election candidates:

District 45

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Matt Isenhower
Republican Party Andy Hill - Incumbent Hill was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 46

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party David Frockt - Incumbent Frockt was first appointed to the chamber in November, 2011.
Republican Party Van Sperry

November 4 General election candidates:

District 47

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Carol Barber
Republican Party Joe Fain - Incumbent Fain was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

District 48

Note: Incumbent Rodney Tom (D) is not running for re-election.

August 5 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Cyrus Habib
Republican Party Michelle Darnelle

November 4 General election candidates:

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