Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

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Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 4District 8District 10District 12District 14District 17District 18District 19District 21District 23District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 35
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Elections for the office of Colorado State Senate will be held in Colorado on November 6, 2012. A total of 20 seats will be up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was April 2, 2012. The primary election day was June 26, 2012.

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Incumbents retiring

See also: Colorado Game Changers
Name Party Current office
Betty Boyd Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, District 21
Bob Bacon Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, District 14
Brandon Shaffer Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, District 17
Joyce Foster Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, District 35
Keith King Ends.png Republican Senate, District 12
Nancy Spence Ends.png Republican Senate, District 27
Shawn Mitchell Ends.png Republican Senate, District 7
Suzanne Williams Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, District 30
Tim Neville Ends.png Republican Senate, District 22

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Colorado State Senate:

Colorado State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 19
     Republican Party 15 16
Total 35 35


Campaign contributions

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

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Colorado 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.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 48 $2,331,554
2008 41 $2,535,787
2006 44 $2,935,888
2004 38 $2,050,430
2002 40 $4,313,640

In the 2010 elections, the candidates running for senate raised $2,331,554 in campaign funds. The top 10 overall contributors were: [2]

Donor Amount
Odom, John $96,134
Colorado Education Association $31,625
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters $29,000
Shuler, Derec $28,684
Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee $28,400
Eckstein, Torsten $25,491
Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers Small Donor Committee (CSCEW) $22,000
State Democratic Senate Campaign Fund $21,488
Colorado Association of Realtors Small Donor Committee $20,000
Colorado American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations Nonpartisan Small Donor $19,750

Qualifications

Article 5, Section 4 of the Colorado Constitution states: No person shall be a representative or senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty­five years, who shall not be a citizen of the United States, who shall not for at least twelve months next preceding his election, have resided within the territory included in the limits of the county or district in which he shall be chosen; provided, that any person who at the time of the adoption of this constitution, was a qualified elector under the territorial laws, shall be eligible to the first general assembly.


Term limits

Suzanne Williams has represented District 28 of the Colorado State Senate since 2005. She will be ineligible to run for re-election in 2012.
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

The Colorado State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Colorado voters approved Issue 5 in 1990. The affirmative vote by Colorado's electorate in Issue 5 altered Section 3 of Article V on the Colorado Constitution to say that Colorado State Senators could serve no more than two 4-year terms in office.

There are 35 Colorado State Senators. In 2012, 6 who are current members, or 17.1% of the total senate seats, will be ineligible to run for the senate again in November. Of them, 4 are Democratic state senators and 2 are Republican state senators.

In addition to the 6 state senators who are leaving office because of term limits, 9 state representatives are also termed-out.

The 6 current members of the state senate who will be ineligible to run in November are:


Democrats (4):

Republicans (2):

Map of Colorado Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 10 legislative districts meet the criteria after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Colorado

The Colorado Reapportionment Commission is responsible for reapportioning state legislative districts. It is made up of 11 members chosen by the three branches of government as follows: 4 by the Colorado General Assembly, 3 by the Governor and 4 by the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice. Colorado's population grew by 17% between 2000 and 2010, with Hispanics being a major driver. The new population total put the ideal Senate district population at 142,691.[3]

After reviewing maps proposed by Republicans and Democrats, Commission Chairman Mario Carrera, the only unaffiliated member, announced he would submit his own, consolidating concerns from both parties while focusing on competitiveness. The commission voted to pass his maps on September 19, but the Colorado Supreme Court rejected the new maps by a vote of 4-2, stating they were not "sufficiently attentive to county boundaries."[4]

Send back to the Commission, they voted to pass Democratic-drawn proposals. Republicans criticized the new proposals for forcing a number of GOP incumbents into the same districts, while Democrats said it was an unfortunate outcome of trying to minimize county splits. The new Senate map, which was then approved by the Court, included 14 seats considered to be competitive.[5]

In Colorado, there are 10 state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters is less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to vote party affiliation. The seven districts in Colorado are District 11, 14, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29 and 35.

Primary lawsuit

Former state House candidate Lu Ann Busse filed a lawsuit asking a judge to void the result of her primary election because ballots were traceable and voting machines weren't properly secured. These issues could cause problems for the November general election if changes are not made.[6]

The lawsuit accused Secretary of State Scott Gessler and election clerks of "major violations of duty" and conducting elections that didn't comply with state statutes or the Colorado Constitution. [6]

Ballots in Douglas County included unique barcodes and numbers which could be used to track the ballot to the person who cast the vote, according to the lawsuit. This is a violation of the Colorado Constitution, which states that ballots shall not be marked in a way that allows them to be traced to the voter. A 1964 Colorado Supreme Court ruling also states that the use of marked ballots, or ballots numbered in a way that they can be tracked, should result in a void election.[6]

Security lapses also occurred in Teller County, where Gessler's office stated that the county "is not prepared to properly administer elections." The following were among given concerns: electronic voting machines that weren't functioning properly, election judges who weren't trained on how to use the machines, and machines that were missing the tamper-proof seals required under Colorado election rules.[6]

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 September 3, 2012. 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 4

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
  • Mark Scheffel: 10,271 Approveda- Incumbent Scheffel first assumed office in 2009.
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

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District 8

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
  • Jean White: 4,887 - Incumbent White has represented District 8 since 2011.
  • Randy Baumgardner: 6,809 Approveda- Baumgardner has represented House District 57 since 2009.
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 10

Note: Incumbent Bill Cadman (R) is running for re-election in District 12 due to redistricting.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Constitution Party June 26 American Constitution Party primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 12

Note: Incumbent Keith King (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
  • Bill Cadman: 10,472 Approveda- District 10 incumbent Cadman first assumed office in 2007.
Constitution Party June 26 American Constitution Party primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 14

Note: Incumbent Bob Bacon (D) is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • John Kefalas: 5,403 Approveda- Kefalas has represented House District 52 since 2007.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:
IndependentJune 26 Unaffiliated Candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 17

Note: Incumbent Brandon Shaffer (D) is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Matt Jones: 8,711 Approveda- Jones has represented House District 12 since 2011.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 18

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Rollie Heath: 12,315 Approveda- Incumbent Heath first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 19

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Evie Hudak: 5,684 Approveda- Incumbent Hudak first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 21

Note: Incumbent Betty Boyd (D) is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 22

Note: Incumbent Tim Neville (R) is not seeking re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Andrew Kerr: 5,484 Approveda- Kerr has represented House District 26 since 2006.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
  • Ken Summers: 7,205 Approveda- Summers has represented House District 22 since 2007.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 23

Note: Incumbent Shawn Mitchell (R) is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 25

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Mary Hodge: 3,976 Approveda- Incumbent Hodge first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 26

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Linda Newell: 5,889 Approveda- Incumbent Newell first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 27

Note: Incumbent Nancy Spence (R) is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
  • David Balmer: 9,732 Approveda- Balmer has represented House District 39 since 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 28

Note: Incumbent Suzanne Williams (D) is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Nancy Todd: 4,973 Approveda- Todd has represented House District 41 since 2005.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 29

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Morgan Carroll: 3,519 Approveda- Incumbent Carroll first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 31

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Pat Steadman: 8,010 Approveda- Incumbent Steadman first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:

Note: Brandon Kelley withdrew from the race. As of July 20, the Republicans were considering Michael Carr as his replacement on the ballot.[7]

November 6 General election candidates:

District 32

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Irene Aguilar: 6,560 Approveda- Incumbent Aguilar first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 33

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 35

Note: Incumbent Joyce Foster (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:

Note: Alexander Lucero-Mugatu filed but withdrew before the primary.

Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

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