The Green Papers: West Virginia 2015 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:1,859,815 (0.60% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:5(0.93% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:3(0.69% of 435)
Capital:Charleston
 

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West Virginia State and Local Government

West Virginia 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans

           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, III
First elected in a special election to a partial term to fill the vacancy caused by the 28 June 2010 death of Senator Robert C. Byrd (Democratic): 2 November 2010. He replaces Senator Carte P. Goodwin (Democrat) who had been appointed by Governor Joe Manchin (Democratic) to temporarily fill the vacancy. Won the special election for the term ending in Jaunary 2013 and the the concurrent regular election for the term ending January 2019: 6 November 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Senator Joe Manchin, III
FEC S0WV00090

Class 2 Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Senator Shelley Moore Capito
FEC S4WV00159

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
Ascended to the Governor's chair as acting Governor when Governor Joe Manchin, III resigned to take office as a U.S. Senator: 15 November 2010. First elected in a Special Election: 4 October 2011. Re-elected: 2012
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Marcus Hatfield
  Candidate Democratic     Jim Justice
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Jeffrey V. "Jeff" Kessler
    Democratic     Treasurer Johnny Duane "John" Perdue - apparently not a candidate
29 July 2014: Announced his candidacy.
  Candidate Democratic     Curtis Robinson, Jr.
  Candidate Republican     state Senator William P. "Bill" Cole, III
  Candidate Republican     Andrew Utterback
  Candidate Republican     Edwin Vanover
  Candidate Constitution     Phil Hudok
  Candidate Libertarian     David Moran
  Candidate Independent     James Brennan
  Candidate Independent     Quintin Gerard Caldwell
  Candidate Independent     Tyler Cloud Dixon
  Candidate Independent     Carroll Duane Garnes, Jr.

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Republican (3 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1 Republican Congressman David Bennett McKinley
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     former state Delegate Mike Manypenny
  Candidate Republican     Congressman David Bennett McKinley
FEC H0WV01072; 30 Sep 15; Tot $407,953; Dsb $219,607

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman Alexander Xavier "Alex" Mooney
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Alexander Xavier "Alex" Mooney
FEC H4WV02080; 30 Sep 15; Tot $492,855; Dsb $239,170
  Candidate Republican     Kenneth Ray "Ken" Reed
  Candidate Republican     Marc Savitt

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman Evan H. Jenkins
First elected: 2014.
Previously served as a Democrat in the state Senate 2002-2010 and state House 1994-1998. Switched from Democratic to Republican: 30 July 2013.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Evan H. Jenkins
FEC H4WV03070; 30 Sep 15; Tot $532,671; Dsb $134,322

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Ethel Tennant
First elected: 2008; re-elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Dave Rao
  Candidate Democratic     Secretary of State Natalie Ethel Tennant

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Republican Attorney General Patrick James Morrisey
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     former state Delegate David K. Higgins
  Candidate Democratic     former state Delegate Mark Hunt
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General Patrick James Morrisey

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Treasurer Johnny Duane "John" Perdue
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 29 July 2014: Announced his candidacy for Governor.
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Larry W. Faircloth

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Auditor Glen Bertrum Gainer, III
First elected: 1992; re-elected: 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Auditor Glen Bertrum Gainer, III

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Walter Dolph "Walt" Helmick
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Kent Leonhardt
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 6 incumbents, 11 candidates
  Republican: 5 incumbents, 12 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Mountain (affiliate of Green)
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 4 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  Constitution of West Virginia
Election Authority
  West Virginia Secretary of State
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  West Virginia Legislature
Democratic
  West Virginia Democratic Party
Republican
  West Virginia Republican Party
Third Party
  Constitution Party of West Virginia
  Justice Party of West Virginia
  Libertarian Party of West Virginia
  The Unity Party of West Virginia
  West Virginia Mountain Party
  West Virginians for Life
Media & others
  Bluefield Daily Telegraph
  Braxton Citizens' News - Sutton
  Charleston Daily Mail
  Charleston Gazette-Mail
  Charleston Newspapers
  Hampshire Review - Romney
  Keyser Mineral Daily News-Tribune
  Mountain Messenger - Lewisburg
  Politics1.com - West Virginia
  The Dominion Post - Morgantown
  The Herald-Dispatch - Huntington
  The Inter-Mountain - Elkins
  The Lincoln Journal - Hamlin
  The Morgan Messenger - Berkeley Springs
  The Parkersburg News & Sentinel
  The Register Herald - Beckley
  The State Journal - Charleston
  The Times - Fairmont
  The Wayne County News
  The Weston Democrat
  WBOY TV - NBC - Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown
  WDTV TV - CBS - Bridgeport
  West Virginia Blue
  West Virginia Metro News - Charleston
  Wheeling News-Register & Intelligencer
  WSAZ TV - NBC - Charleston, Huntington

 


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