Ohio State Senate elections, 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.
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.
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. 
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. 
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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.
- 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.
In 2010, voters will elect 17 Ohio State Senators. 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:
Current partisan composition
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
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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.
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.
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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- Erik Cranmer: 8,302
- Stephen Buehrer: 29,409 Incumbent Republican Buehrer was first elected to the Ohio Senate in 2006.
Note: Incumbent Republican David Goodman is not eligible to run for another four-year term.
- Mark Pfeifer: 7,963
- Ben Kessler: 6,443
- Bev Campbell: 3,044
- Roxyanne Burrus: 2,193
- Star Johnson: 1,498
- Jim Wiley: 1,058
- Cortez Bogard: 863
- Kevin Bacon: 25,301
- William Yarbrough: 381
- Fred Strahorn: 11,936 Incumbent Strahorn has represented the 5th District since 2009.
- Bill Beagle: 8,437
- Joe LeMaster: 6,971
- Sam Pettinichi: 9,215
- Shannon Jones: 23,316 Incumbent Jones has represented the 7th District since 2009.
- Michelle Schneider: 14,986
- Eric Kearney: 9,941 Incumbent Kearney has represented the 9th District since 2005.
- Deborah M. McKinney: 5,311
- Jessica L. Mears: 87
Note: Incumbent Democrat Teresa Fedor is not eligible to run for another four-year term.
- Edna Brown: 10,688
- Joe McNamara: 8,385
- Tom Waniewski: 8,271
- Sue Morano: 19,299 Incumbent Morano has represented the 13th District since 2007.
- Gayle L. Manning: 14,482
Note: Incumbent Democrat Ray Miller is not eligible to run for another four-year term.
- Charleta B. Tavares: 12,861
- Dan Stewart: 8,529
- Oyango Snell: 3,159
- Alicia Healy: 7,599
Note: Incumbent Republican John Carey is not eligible to run for another four-year term.
- Justin Fallon: 10,053
- David T. Daniels: 13,656
- Clyde Evans: 12,797
Note: Incumbent Republican Bill Harris is not eligible to run for another four-year term.
- Neil Patel: 12,174
- Shirley A. Smith: 16,131 Incumbent Smith has represented the 21st District since 2007.
- Burrell Jackson: 2,207
Note: Incumbent Democrat Dale Miller will not be seeking re-election in 2010.
- Michael Skindell: 13,724
- Ron Mottl: 8,293
- Nicholas Celebrezze: 7,293
- Dave Morris: 7,861
- Nina Turner: 26,665 Incumbent Turner has represented the 25th District since 2008.
- No Republican is running for election.
Note: Incumbent Republican Kevin Coughlin is not eligible for another four-year term.
- Frank Comunale: 13,500
- Tamela Lee: 7,248
- Frank LaRose: 15,279
Note: Incumbent Republican Kirk Schuring is not eligible for another four-year term.
- Richard Reinbold Jr.: 17,580
- Scott Oelslager: 25,086
- Dennis Lupher: 16,695
- Tim Schaffer: 31,379 Incumbent Shaffer has represented the 31st District since 2007.
- Joe Schiavoni: 22,635 Incumbent Schiavoni has represented the 33rd district since his appointment in 2009
- Kathleen Purdy: 11,983
- Matt Lewis: 5,764
- Gary Tweeter: 5,143
- Adam L. Rutushin: 2,799
- John Fockler Jr.: 100
- Ohio official list of state senate candidates, 2010
- Democratic primary results
- GOP primary results
- Libertarian primary results
- Project Vote Smart list of candidates for Ohio State Senate in the November 2, 2010 election
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- Primary election dates in 2010