Clean Elections Winners: Election Results
Arizona: Clean Elections has been an option for Arizona state candidates since 2000 and approximately 49 percent of candidates chose to run in 2010 using the program.
Five statewide offices are now held by Clean Elections winners, including two Corporation Commissioners, the Superintendent, the Secretary of State, and the Governor.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano became the nation’s first Clean Elections Governor when elected in Arizona in 2002.
In 2012, three Corporation Commissioner candidates won using Clean Elections, and five out of nine of those seeking those seats participated in the program. In the state legislature, participating candidates made up 37 percent, or 57 out of 156, of those seeking office. A total of 26 percent, or 23 of 90 seats are filled by officials who used the Clean Elections program.
Maine: Clean Elections have become a vital part of the election process in Maine since first being instituted in 2000. In 2010, 79 percent of the legislature is represented by people who won using their Clean Elections program. Officials who ran under the Clean Elections program now hold 86 percent of the Senate, or 30 seats, and 78 percent, or 118 seats, in the Maine House of Representatives.
After the 2012 election, the Maine General Assembly is now comprised of 70 percent, or 131 out of 186, of officials who ran using the Clean Elections system. In the state Senate, 86 percent are represented by Clean Elections users, or 30 out of 35 seats. In the state House, 67 percent, or 101 out of 151 seats, are represented by users of the program.
North Carolina: The Voter Owned Elections program that North Carolina implemented for top judicial seats and three statewide Council of State offices has been overwhelmingly adopted by candidates. In 2010, Clean Elections candidates won four of the North Carolina Court of Appeals races. Additionally, both candidates in the Supreme Court race ran under the Voter Owned Elections program.
In addition, in 2008 Clean Elections candidates won two of the Council of State Offices. June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Wayne Goodwin, Commissioner of Insurance, are both serving free from the influence of big special interest money. In fact, the percentage of campaign contributions to the Commissioner of Insurance by those industries directly regulated by that office dropped from 66% in 2004 to 4% in 2008.
In 2012, Clean Elections participants won 10 statewide seats, including one seat on the Supreme Court, three seats on the Court of Appeals, and the State Auditor and Superintendent of Public Instruction were also elected using the system.
Connecticut: November 2010 saw Connecticut’s second general election under its Citizens’ Election Program and the results were outstanding again. Participating candidates made up approximately 70 percent of those seeking office in Connecticut’s General Assembly. A total of 145 out of 187 seats, or 77 percent, are filled by officials who used Clean Elections. In the state Senate, 28 of 36 seats, or 78 percent, are now held by Clean Elections officials. In the House, officials who ran under the Clean Elections system will hold 117 of 151 seats, or 77 percent.
In addition, all five statewide offices are now held by Clean Elections winners.
In 2012, participating candidates made up 65 percent, or 268 out of 411, of those seeking office in Connecticut's General Asembly. Overall 77 percent, or 143 out of 186 seats, are filled by officials who used the Citizens' Election Program. In the state Senate, users of the program now make up 80 percent, or 28 out of 35, of senate seats. And in the House, officials who ran using the system make up 76 percent, or 115 out of 151, of the seats.
New Mexico: In New Mexico, one candidate running under the Clean Elections programs won a seat on the Public Regulation Commission.
Hawaii: Hawaii County Council’s inaugural run with a Clean Elections system in 2010 was a big success, with four of the nine winners using the program.
In 2012, 17 candidates ran using the County Council's Clean Elections program, and 5 five of the nine members elected won using the program.
West Virginia: In the judicial Clean Elections systems' first run in 2012, one Supreme Court candidate won using the program, and currently holds the seat.