Ohio State Senate elections, 2012

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Ohio State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions

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Elections for the office of Ohio State Senate will be held in Ohio on November 6, 2012. A total of 16 seats will be up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 7, 2011. The primary election day will be March 6, 2012.

See also: Ohio 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 holds the majority in the Ohio State Senate:

Ohio State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 10
     Republican Party 23 23
Total 33 33

Incumbents retiring

A total of

2 incumbents are not running for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents are:


Name:Party:Current office:
Mark WagonerEnds.png Republican Ohio State Senate District 2
Tom NiehausEnds.png Republican Ohio State Senate District 14

Term limits

Timothy Grendell represented District 18 of the Ohio State Senate from 2005 to 2011. He was ineligible to run for re-election in 2012 due to term limits but was appointed judge for the Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court in September 2011.[1].
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

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.

There are 33 Ohio State Senators. In 2012, 1 of them who is a current member, or 3.03% of the total senate seats, will be ineligible to run for the senate again in November. Of them, none are Democratic state senators and 1 is a Republican state senator.

In addition to the 1 state senator who is leaving office because of term limits, 7 state representatives are also termed-out.

The 1 current member of the state senate who will be ineligible to run in November is:

Democrats (0):

There are no Democratic senators termed-out in 2012.

Republicans (1):


Campaign contributions

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

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. [2]

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. [3]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 57 $10,478,510
2008 44 $10,659,072
2006 48 $11,477,877
2004 48 $11,477,877
2002 40 $8,461,690

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $10,478,510 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[4]

Donor Amount
Republican Senate Campaign Cmte of Ohio $2,463,124
Ohio Republican Party $1,246,811
Ohio Republican State Senate Campaign Cmte $482,625
Republican Senate Campaign Cmte $325,958
Ohio Democratic Party $213,780
Schneider, Michelle G $151,000
Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio $146,030
Ohio Senate Democrats $145,500
SEIU Health Care District 1199 $125,451
Ohio Dental Association $122,600

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.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Note: Ruby Weadock was included on preliminary candidate lists, but did not appear on the official candidate list.[5]
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Cliff Hite Approveda - Incumbent Hite was appointed to District 1 in 2011.

District 2

Note: Incumbent Mark Wagoner (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

District 4

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates have filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Bill Coley Approveda - Incumbent Coley was appointed to District 4 in 2011.

District 6

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

District 8

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Bill Seitz Approveda - Incumbent Seitz was first elected to District 8 in 2008.

District 10

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Chris Widener Approveda - Incumbent Widener was first elected to District 10 in 2008.

District 12

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates have filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Keith Faber Approveda - Incumbent Faber was appointed to District 12 in 2008.
Libertarian Party March 6 Libertarian primary:

District 14

Note: Incumbent Tom Niehaus (R) was ineligible for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates have filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

District 16

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates have filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Jim Hughes Approveda - Incumbent Hughes was first elected to District 16 in 2008.
Note: Nathan Larger was running but withdrew from the race.

District 18

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • John Eklund Approveda - Incumbent Eklund was appointed to District 18 in 2011.

District 20

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Troy Balderson Approveda - Incumbent Balderson was appointed to District 20 in 2011.

District 22

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Note: Ellen Kay Haring was included on preliminary candidate lists, but did not appear on the official candidate list.[6]
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Larry Obhof Jr. Approveda - Incumbent Obhof was appointed to District 22 in 2011.

District 24

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Thomas Patton Approveda - Incumbent Patton was first elected to District 24 in 2008.

District 26

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Dave Burke Approveda - Incumbent Burke was appointed to District 26 in 2011.

District 28

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • Thomas Sawyer Approveda - Incumbent Sawyer was appointed to District 28 in 2007.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

District 30

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • Lou Gentile Approveda - Incumbent Gentile was appointed to District 30 in 2011.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

District 32

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • Capri Cafaro Approveda - Incumbent Cafaro was appointed to District 32 in 2008.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

See also

References