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Alabama House of Representatives District 31

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Alabama House of Representatives District 31
Current incumbentCharles Barrett Mask Republican Party
Race75.8% White, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.2% Two or More Races, 0.5% Asian, 1% Other, 21.1% Black, 0.1% Pacific Islander
Voting age77.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alabama’s thirty-first state house district is represented by RepublicanCharles Barrett Mask.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 46,434 civilians reside within Alabama's thirty-first house of representatives district.[1] Alabama state representatives represent an average of 45,521 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 42,353 residents.[3]

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.[4]


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.[4]


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.[5]


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.[6][7] The Governor has all discretion in setting the date of the election along with nominating deadlines.[7]



See also: Alabama state legislative special elections, 2014

Mike Holmes, Jimmy Collier, Michael Griggs and Frank Bertarelli faced off in the Republican primary.[8][9] As no candidate received more than fifty percent of the vote, the top-two vote-getters - Holmes and Collier - met in the Republican primary runoff on February 4, which Holmes won.[10][11]

The seat was vacant following Barry Mask's (R) appointment as the new chief executive officer of the Alabama Association of Realtors.[12]

A special election for the position of Alabama House of Representatives District 31 was initially called for January 28, with a primary on December 3, 2013. Because no Democratic candidate filed to run, the Republican primary runoff became the special election. Candidates from both major parties had until October 10, 2013, to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of State.[12] Due to inclement weather, the election was pushed back a week to February 4.[13]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 31 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Holmes 56.7% 2,028
Jimmy Collier 43.3% 1,550
Total Votes 3,578


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. Charles Barrett Mask ran unopposed in the June 1 Republican primary and won election, after running unopposed, in the general election.[14][15][16]

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Alabama State House District 31 have raised a total of $123,982. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $24,796 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alabama State House District 31
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $47,290 1 $47,290
2006 $57,557 1 $57,557
2002 $19,135 3 $6,378
Total $123,982 5 $24,796

See also

External links


  1. Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Alabama, “Population by Race for State Legislative Districts in Alabama, 2010,” October 10, 2013
  2. United States Census Bureau, "Population in 2010 of the American states," November 21, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Population in 2000 of the American states," November 21, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Alabama State Legislature, "The Alabama House of Representatives," accessed December 12, 2013
  5., "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  6. Alabama State Legislature "Code of Alabama Section 17-15-1", accessed December 12, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Alabama State Legislature "Code of Alabama Section 17-15-3", accessed December 12, 2013
  8., "4 running as Republicans for Alabama House seat," October 11, 2013
  9., "Mike Holmes, Jimmy Collier qualify for Republican runoff in Alabama House District 31," December 3, 2013
  10., "Mike Holmes defeats Jimmy Collier in special election in Alabama House District 31," February 4, 2014
  11. Official special election results submitted to Ballotpedia by Brandon Walters from the Alabama Secretary of State's Office on May 7, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1, "Special election timeline announced for vacant Ala. House District 31 seat," October 1, 2013
  13., "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