Ohio State Senate elections, 2010

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Elections for the office of Ohio's State Senate will be held in Ohio on November 2, 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was February 18, 2010 (May 3 for independents). The primary election day was May 4, 2010.

In Ohio, senators serve four-year terms with a limit of two consecutive terms. Senators assume office on the first day of January following their election.

There are 17 seats up for re-election in the Ohio senate. Incumbents are running for re-election in 9 of those seats. Of the remaining 8 districts, 7 incumbents are ineligible to run because of term limits.

See also: Ohio State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

Campaign contributions

The expenditures from a candidate's personal funds, or the funds of his or her spouse, parents, children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers, sisters, grandparents, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, or grandparents by marriage, in connection with his or her campaign for nomination for election to office may exceed one hundred thousand dollars during a primary election period in the aggregate or one hundred fifty thousand dollars during the general election period in the aggregate, in the case of statewide candidates, and twenty five thousand dollars during a primary election period in the aggregate or twenty-five thousand dollars during the general election period in the aggregate. [1]

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Ohio 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. [2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2008 44 $10,659,072
2006 48 $11,477,877
2004 48 $11,477,877
2002 40 $8,461,690

Qualifications

Article 2, Section 3 of the Ohio Constitution states: Senators and representatives shall have resided in their respective districts one year next preceding their election, unless they shall have been absent on the public business of the United States, or of this state.

Article 2, Section 5 of the Ohio Constitution states: No person hereafter convicted of an embezzlement of the public funds, shall hold any office in this state; nor shall any person, holding public money for disbursement, or otherwise, have a seat in the General Assembly, until he shall have accounted for, and paid such money into the treasury.

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Ohio State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Ohio voters approved Ballot Issue 4, an initiated constitutional amendment, in 1992. This amendment became part of Section 2 of Article II of the Ohio Constitution and limits the amount of time that an Ohio State Senator can stay in office to two 4-year terms, saying, "No person shall hold the office of State Senator for a period longer than two successive terms of four years." Senators can run for office again after being out-of-office for at least a four-year period.

7 incumbents (41.2% of all incumbents) are term limited in 2010. Of the 7 term limited incumbents, 5 are Republicans and 2 are Democrats. These incumbents are as follows:

Democrats (2):

Republicans (5):

Current partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of September 2014
     Democratic Party 10
     Republican Party 23
Total 33

Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

There are 9 incumbents seeking re-election. 1 incumbent (11.1% of those seeking re-election) faces no competition in the November 2 general election and is thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November.

  • 1 Democratic incumbent faces no November challenger.
  • All GOP incumbents face a November challenger.

Primary challenges

Only 1 incumbent (11.1% of those seeking re-election) faced competition in the July 27 primary. Incumbent Shannon Jones (R) defeated her primary opponent for District 7.

Retiring incumbents

1 incumbent senator (5.9% of all incumbents) has chosen not to run for re-election, while 9 incumbents (52.9% of all incumbents) are running for re-election. Dale Miller (D) is the sole incumbent retiring.

List of candidates

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District 1

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:
  • Stephen Buehrer: 29,409 Approveda Incumbent Republican Buehrer was first elected to the Ohio Senate in 2006.

District 3

Note: Incumbent Republican David Goodman is not eligible to run for another four-year term.

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Mark Pfeifer: 7,963 Approveda
  • Ben Kessler: 6,443
  • Bev Campbell: 3,044
  • Roxyanne Burrus: 2,193
  • Star Johnson: 1,498
  • Jim Wiley: 1,058
  • Cortez Bogard: 863
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:
Libertarian PartyMay 4 Libertarian primary result:

District 5

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Fred Strahorn: 11,936 Approveda Incumbent Strahorn has represented the 5th District since 2009.
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:

District 7

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:
  • Shannon Jones: 23,316 Approveda Incumbent Jones has represented the 7th District since 2009.
  • Michelle Schneider: 14,986

District 9

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Eric Kearney: 9,941 Approveda Incumbent Kearney has represented the 9th District since 2005.
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:
Libertarian PartyMay 4 Libertarian primary result:

District 11

Note: Incumbent Democrat Teresa Fedor is not eligible to run for another four-year term.

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:

District 13

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Sue Morano: 19,299 Approveda Incumbent Morano has represented the 13th District since 2007.
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:

District 15

Note: Incumbent Democrat Ray Miller is not eligible to run for another four-year term.

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:

District 17

Note: Incumbent Republican John Carey is not eligible to run for another four-year term.

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:

District 19

Note: Incumbent Republican Bill Harris is not eligible to run for another four-year term.

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:

District 21

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Shirley A. Smith: 16,131 Approveda Incumbent Smith has represented the 21st District since 2007.
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:

District 23

Note: Incumbent Democrat Dale Miller will not be seeking re-election in 2010.

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:

District 25

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Nina Turner: 26,665 Approveda Incumbent Turner has represented the 25th District since 2008.
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:
  • No Republican is running for election.

District 27

Note: Incumbent Republican Kevin Coughlin is not eligible for another four-year term.

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:

District 29

Note: Incumbent Republican Kirk Schuring is not eligible for another four-year term.

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:

District 31

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:
  • Tim Schaffer: 31,379 Approveda Incumbent Shaffer has represented the 31st District since 2007.

District 33

Democratic PartyMay 4 Democratic primary result:
  • Joe Schiavoni: 22,635 Approveda Incumbent Schiavoni has represented the 33rd district since his appointment in 2009
  • Kathleen Purdy: 11,983
Republican PartyMay 4 GOP primary result:
  • Matt Lewis: 5,764 Approveda
  • Gary Tweeter: 5,143
  • Adam L. Rutushin: 2,799
Libertarian PartyMay 4 Libertarian primary result:

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