Alabama House of Representatives District 104

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Alabama House of Representatives District 104
Current incumbentVacant
Population47,450
Race79.8% White, 0.5% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.5% Two or More Races, 1.8% Asian, 1% Other, 15.4% Black, 0.1% Pacific Islander
Voting age76.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alabama’s hundred-and-fourth state house district is currently without a representative. Former Rep. Jim Barton (R) resigned to take a position with the Kinney Capitol Group, a lobbying and consulting firm. He was first elected to office in 2000.[1]

As of the 2010 census, a total of 47,450 civilians reside within Alabama's hundred-and-fourth house of representatives district.[2] Alabama state representatives represent an average of 45,521 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 42,353 residents.[4]

About the office

Elected officials are not subjected to term limits and Alabama House members are one of only five lower house officials in the United States that are elected every four years. Alabama's state representatives assume office on midnight of the day that they are elected.[5]

Qualifications

Members of the House must be 21 at the time of their election, must be citizens and residents of the State of Alabama for at least 3 years and residents of their district at least one year prior to election.[5]

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Alabama legislature are paid $10/day plus $4,308/month plus $50/day for three days during each week that the legislature actually meets during any session.[6]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be conducted in order to fill the vacant seat. The Governor must call for a special election if the vacancy happened before next scheduled general election and the House is in session.[7][8] The Governor has all discretion in setting the date of the election along with nominating deadlines.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama state legislative special elections, 2014

Margie Wilcox (R) defeated Stephen P. Carr, II (D) in the special election, which took place on February 4.[9] Carr was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Susan Hightower, Margie Wilcox, Ralph Carmichael, Nathan Davis and Charlie Plyler faced off in the Republican primary. As no candidate received more than fifty percent of the vote, the top-two vote-getters - Wilcox and Hightower - met in the Republican primary runoff on December 3, 2013, which Wilcox won.[10][11]

The seat was vacant following Jim Barton's (R) resignation on August 7, 2013, to work for the Kinney Capitol Group.[12]

A special election for the position of Alabama House of Representatives District 104 was initially called for December 3, 2013, with a primary on October 15, 2013.[12] Because a runoff on December 3, 2013, was needed, the special election was scheduled to take place on January 28, 2014, instead. Due to inclement weather, the election was pushed back a week to February 4.[13]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 104, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMargie Wilcox 90.5% 2,932
     Republican Stephen P. Carr, II 9.5% 307
Total Votes 3,239

2010

See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Alabama House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 1, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 2, 2010. Incumbent Jim Barton defeated Nathan Davis in the June 1 Republican primary before running unopposed in the general election.[14][15][16]

Alabama House of Representatives District 104, Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Barton Incumbent 68.5% 4,029
     Republican Nathan Davis 31.5% 1,857
Total Votes 5,886

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Alabama State House District 104 have raised a total of $425,411. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $60,773 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alabama State House District 104
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $205,971 2 $102,986
2006 $86,514 1 $86,514
2002 $132,926 4 $33,232
Total $425,411 7 $60,773

See also

External links

References

  1. blog.al.com, "Rep. Jim Barton resigns from state House 104 seat," August 7, 2013
  2. Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Alabama, “Population by Race for State Legislative Districts in Alabama, 2010,” October 10, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Population in 2010 of the American states," November 21, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Population in 2000 of the American states," November 21, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Alabama State Legislature, "The Alabama House of Representatives," accessed December 12, 2013
  6. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  7. Alabama State Legislature "Code of Alabama Section 17-15-1", accessed December 12, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Alabama State Legislature "Code of Alabama Section 17-15-3", accessed December 12, 2013
  9. Official special election results submitted to Ballotpedia by Brandon Walters from the Alabama Secretary of State's Office on May 7, 2014
  10. al.com, "Hightower, Wilcox to face off in GOP primary for state House seat (updated, photos)," October 15, 2013
  11. therepublic.com, "Wilcox defeats Hightower in Alabama House District 104 runoff," December 3, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 timesdaily.com, " Special elections set for Ala. House districts," August 8, 2013
  13. al.com, "Citing inclement weather forecast, governor delays special election set for Mobile House seat," January 27, 2014
  14. Alabama Secretary of State, "State of Alabama 2010 Certified General Election Results," November 2, 2010
  15. Alabama Secretary of State, "Democratic Primary results," November 21, 2013
  16. Alabama Secretary of State, "Republican Primary results," November 21, 2013