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Maine State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35
Maine State Senate2012 Maine House Elections
Elections for the office of Maine State Senate were held in Maine on November 6, 2012. A total of 35 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 15, 2012. The primary election day was June 12, 2012.

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

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Maine State Senate:

Maine State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 15 21
     Republican Party 19 13
     Independent 1 1
Total 35 35


Incumbents retiring

A total of 13 incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Barry Hobbins Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 5
Bill Diamond Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 12
Cynthia Dill Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 7
David Hastings Ends.png Republican Senate District 13
Debra Plowman Ends.png Republican Senate District 33
Earle McCormick Ends.png Republican Senate District 21
Elizabeth Schneider Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 30
Jonathan Courtney Ends.png Republican Senate District 3
Joseph Brannigan Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 9
Kevin Raye Ends.png Republican Senate District 29
Nancy Sullivan Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 4
Philip Bartlett Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 6
Richard Rosen Ends.png Republican Senate District 31

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 Maine 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 88 $1,988,888
2008 90 $1,854,105
2006 89 $1,990,662
2004 90 $2,095,278
2002 87 $1,323,033

In 2010, the candidates running for state senate raised a total of $1,988,888 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Public Fund $1,809,803
Nadeau, James A $8,386
Schweitzer, Daniel J $3,810
James A Nadeau/Loan Forgiven, $000 balance $3,500
Whalen, Francis J $3,194
Maine Association of Realtors $2,150
Millercoors $1,900
Maine Dental Association $1,800
Bangor Historic Track $1,750
Maine Credit Union League $1,650

Qualifications

Section 6 of Part 2 of Article 4 of the Maine Constitution states, "The Senators shall be 25 years of age at the commencement of the term, for which they are elected, and in all other respects their qualifications shall be the same as those of the Representatives."

Section 4 of Part 1 of Article 4 of the Maine Constitution states, "Qualifications; residency requirement. No person shall be a member of the House of Representatives, unless the person shall, at the commencement of the period for which the person is elected, have been 5 years a citizen of the United States, have arrived at the age of 21 years, have been a resident in this State one year; and for the 3 months next preceding the time of this person's election shall have been, and, during the period for which elected, shall continue to be a resident in the district which that person represents."

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Maine

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maine's population increased by 4.2 percent between 2000 and 2010, rising from 1.27 million to 1.33 million.[3] The southwestern part of the state, particularly the area near the New Hampshire border and around the city of Portland, had the highest levels of population density and growth, while northern parts of the state accounted for little of Maine's total population or growth.[4]

Maine was the only state that would have drawn new Congressional and state legislative maps in 2013 rather than before the 2012 elections, but a June 2011 court ruling required that the Congressional maps be drawn sooner.[5][6] New Congressional districts were in place for the 2012 elections, but new state legislative lines will be drawn in 2013.

Term limits

Debra Plowman represented District 33 of the Maine State Senate from 2004 until 2012. She is 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 Maine State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Maine voters approved Question 1 in 1993. Under this law, state senators can serve no more than four consecutive 2-year terms. The Maine State Legislature tried, unsuccessfully, in 2007 to get the state's voters to extend the number of years they could consecutively serve in office by putting the Maine Term Limits Extension act on the ballot. Voters overwhelmingly (67-33%) rejected it.

There are 35 Maine State Senators. In 2012, 10 who were current members, or 28.6% of the total senate seats, were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. Of them, 5 were Democratic state senators and 5 were Republican state senators.

In addition to the 10 state senators who left office because of term limits, 26 state representatives are also termed-out.

The 10 current members of the state senate who were ineligible to run in November were:

Democrats (5):

Republicans (5):

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Dawn Hill: 1,295 Approveda - Incumbent Hill first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDawn Hill: 13,592 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyArthur Kyricos: 8,066

District 2

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Ronald Collins: 1,724 Approveda - Incumbent Collins first assumed office in 2010.
Independent Independent candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyThomas Wright: 6,377
Republican PartyRonald Collins: 9,301 Green check mark transparent.png
IndependentRichard Burns: 4,736

District 3

Note: Incumbent Jonathan Courtney (R) did not seek re-election. Instead, he ran for election to the U.S. House in the 1st Congressional District.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJohn Tuttle: 11,070 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyBradford Littlefield: 6,801

District 4

Note: Incumbent Nancy Sullivan (D) was unable to seek re-election due to term-limits.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Independent Independent candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDavid Dutremble: 10,062 Green check mark transparent.png
IndependentJames Booth: 8,749

District 5

Note: Incumbent Barry Hobbins (D) was unable to seek re-election due to term-limits.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyLinda Valentino: 12,275 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyTimothy Sevigny: 8,115

District 6

Note: Incumbent Philip Bartlett (D) was unable to seek re-election due to term-limits.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJames Boyle: 11,879 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyRuth Summers: 9,525

District 7

Note: Incumbent Cynthia Dill (D) did not run for re-election. Instead, she ran for election election to the U.S. Senate.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyRebecca Millett: 13,950 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyMichael Darren Wallace: 7,788
Note: Gary Crosby was replaced by Michael Darren Wallace on the general election ballot.

District 8

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Justin Alfond: 1,803 Approveda - Incumbent Alfond first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Green Party Green Party:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John M. Brown: 48 (write-in)
Democratic PartyJustin Alfond: 12,672 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Asher Platts: 5,185
Note: Andrea Doherty withdrew prior to the general election.

District 9

Note: Incumbent Joseph Brannigan (D) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyAnne Haskell: 14,186 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyKirsten Martin: 5,352

District 10

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyStanley Gerzofsky: 13,636 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyRalph Dean: 6,573

District 11

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Independent Independent candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyChristopher Tyll: 11,687
IndependentRichard Woodbury: 13,117 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Note: Incumbent Bill Diamond (D) was unable to seek re-election due to term-limits.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Independent Independent candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Note: Reid Scher no longer appears on the list of general election candidates.
Republican PartyGary Plummer: 12,104 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Martin Shuer: 7,858

District 13

Note: Incumbent David Hastings (R) was unable to seek re-election due to term-limits.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

Note: House District 101 incumbent Richard Cebra withdrew prior to the primary.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDennise Whitley: 8,920
Republican Party James Hamper: 10,329 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • John Patrick: 1,872 Approveda - Incumbent Patrick first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Independent Independent candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJohn Patrick: 10,529 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyC. Harvey Calden: 5,562
Independent Leonard Greaney: 2,442

District 15

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Lois Snowe-Mello: 1,532 Approveda - Incumbent Snowe-Mello first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJohn Cleveland: 10,341 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyLois Snowe-Mello: 8,982

District 16

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMargaret Craven: 10,208 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyRobert Reed: 4,933

District 17

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Garrett Mason: 1,514 Approveda - Incumbent Mason first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyColleen Quint: 9,790
Republican PartyGarrett Mason: 9,818 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Thomas Saviello: 2,853 Approveda - Incumbent Saviello first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJoanne Dunlap: 7,844
Republican PartyThomas Saviello: 12,723 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Seth Goodall: 1,987 Approveda - Incumbent Goodall first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartySeth Goodall: 13,445 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyJeffrey Pierce: 7,623

District 20

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyChristopher Johnson: 10,943 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyLeslie Fossel: 10,772

District 21

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Earle McCormick: 2,476 Approveda - Incumbent McCormick first assumed office in 2006.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDavid Bustin: 10,031
Republican PartyPatrick Flood: 10,309 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Earle McCormick was replaced by Patrick Flood on the general election ballot.

District 22

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyEdward Mazurek: 10,535 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyChristopher Rector: 9,142

District 23

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyGlenn Curry: 9,306
Republican PartyMichael Thibodeau: 10,747 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Roger Katz: 1,737 Approveda - Incumbent Katz first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyPenny Plourde: 6,973
Republican PartyRoger Katz: 11,504 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyColleen Lachowicz: 8,712 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyThomas Martin, Jr.: 7,773

District 26

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDavid Schwanke: 6,869
Republican PartyRodney Whittemore: 9,756 Green check mark transparent.png
Note: Thomas Munson was replaced by David Schwanke on the general election ballot.

District 27

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Douglas Thomas: 1,931 Approveda - Incumbent Thomas first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyHerbert Clark: 8,061
Republican PartyDouglas Thomas: 9,481 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Brian Langley: 2,283 Approveda - Incumbent Langley first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDavid White: 10,500
Republican PartyBrian Langley: 10,953 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Note: Incumbent Kevin Raye (R) was unable to seek re-election due to term-limits. Instead, he ran for election to the U.S. House in the 2nd Congressional District.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Independent Independent candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyAnne Perry: 6,262
Republican PartyDavid C. Burns: 7,158 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent F. James Whalen: 3,182

District 30

Note: Incumbent Elizabeth Schneider (D) was unable to seek re-election due to term-limits.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyEmily Ann Cain: 11,021 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyRoderick Hathaway: 6,537

District 31

Note: Incumbent Richard Rosen (R) was unable to seek re-election due to term-limits.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyEmery Deabay: 8,756
Republican PartyEdward Youngblood: 11,085 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Nichi Farnham: 1,350 Approveda - Incumbent Farnham first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyGeoffrey Gratwick: 8,793 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyNichi Farnham: 8,295

District 33

Note: Incumbent Debra Plowman (R) was unable to seek re-election due to term-limits. Instead, she ran for election to the United States Senate.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

Note: David E. Richardson withdrew from the race on April 13, 2012.[7]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartySherman Leighton: 7,705
Republican PartyAndre Cushing: 11,985 Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Roger Sherman: 1,237 Approveda - Incumbent Sherman first assumed office in 2006.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDaniel Levesque: 6,106
Republican PartyRoger Sherman: 9,947 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyTroy Dale Jackson: 8,521 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyPeter Edgecomb: 8,016

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