Alabama House of Representatives District 53

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Alabama House of Representatives District 53
Current incumbentAnthony "Alann" Johnson Democratic Party
Race36.3% White, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.4% Two or More Races, 2.6% Asian, 3.7% Other, 55.7% Black, 0.1% Pacific Islander
Voting age85.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alabama’s fifty-third state house district is currently represented by Democratic Representative Anthony "Alann" Johnson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 35,378 civilians reside within Alabama's fifty-third 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

Anthony "Alann" Johnson (D) defeated Willie "W.A." Casey (R) in the special election, which took place on April 1.[8][9] Johnson, Arthur D. Shores Lee, Demetrius C. Newton Jr. and Frank Topping faced off in the Democratic primary.[10] As no candidate received more than fifty percent of the vote, the top-two vote-getters - Johnson and Lee - met in the Democratic primary runoff on February 4, which Johnson won.[11] Casey was unopposed in the Republican primary.[12]

The seat was vacant following Demetrius Newton's (D) death on September 11, 2013.[13]

A special election for the position of Alabama House of Representatives District 53 was initially called for January 28, with a primary on December 3, 2013. Because a runoff on January 28, 2014, was required, the special election was scheduled to take place on March 25 instead. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was October 10, 2013.[13] Due to inclement weather, the runoff was pushed back a week to February 4. The special election instead took place on April 1.[14]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 53, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony "Alann" Johnson 68.1% 320
     Republican Willie "W.A." Casey 31.9% 150
Total Votes 470


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 Demetrius Newton defeated Anthony Johnson in the June 1 primary before winning the general election unopposed.[15][16][17]

Alabama House of Representatives District 53, Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDemetrius Newton Incumbent 71.2% 2,377
     Democratic Anthony Johnson 28.8% 963
Total Votes 3,340

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Alabama State House District 53 have raised a total of $293,337. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $48,890 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alabama State House District 53
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $103,177 2 $51,589
2006 $71,620 1 $71,620
2002 $118,540 3 $39,513
Total $293,337 6 $48,890

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. U.S. Census Bureau, "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed January 6, 2014
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population: 2000," April 2, 2001
  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., "'This is a launching pad': Johnson, winner of state House special election, not worried about brief term," April 1, 2014
  9. Official special election results submitted to Ballotpedia by Brandon Walters from the Alabama Secretary of State's Office on May 7, 2014
  10., "Johnson, Lee in runoff for Alabama House 53," December 3, 2013
  11., "In District 53 Democratic runoff, Anthony 'Alann' Johnson defeats Arthur Shores Lee in last-minute win (updated)," February 4, 2014
  12., "Five qualify for House District 53 seat," October 11, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1, "Governor Announces Special Election for District 53," September 19, 2013
  14., "Citing inclement weather forecast, governor delays special election set for Mobile House seat," January 27, 2014
  15. Alabama Secretary of State, "State of Alabama 2010 Certified General Election Results," November 2, 2010
  16. Alabama Secretary of State, "2010 Democratic primary results," accessed April 15, 2014
  17. Republican Primary results