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Alabama House of Representatives District 85

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Alabama House of Representatives District 85
Current incumbentDexter Grimsley Democratic Party
Population42,429
Race48.5% White, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.6% Two or More Races, 0.3% Asian, 1.3% Other, 47.9% Black, 0% Pacific Islander[1]
Voting age75.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Alabama’s eighty-fifth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Dexter Grimsley.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 42,429 civilians reside within Alabama's eighty-fifth 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 House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Dexter Grimsley was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Bobby Lewis defeated Ron Wilson in the Republican primary. Grimsley defeated Lewis in the general election.[9][10][11][12]

Alabama House of Representatives District 85, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDexter Grimsley Incumbent 62.9% 5,777
     Republican Bobby Lewis 37.1% 3,405
     NA Write-In 0.1% 5
Total Votes 9,187

Alabama House of Representatives, District 85 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Lewis 62.7% 1,537
Ron Wilson 37.3% 913
Total Votes 2,450

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. Dexter Grimsley defeated Anthony J. Keith, Amos Newsome and Ed Vaughn in the June 1 Democratic primary before defeating Jody Singleton (R) in the general election.[13][14][15]

Alabama House of Representatives District 85, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDexter Grimsley 51.7% 6,692
     Republican Jody Singleton 48.3% 6,255
Total Votes 12,947

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Alabama State House District 85 have raised a total of $598,801. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $46,062 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alabama State House District 85
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $286,608 6 $47,768
2008 $7,250 1 $7,250
2006 $138,243 2 $69,122
2002 $166,700 4 $41,675
Total $598,801 13 $46,062

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References

  1. For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
  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. Alabama Democrats, "Qualified candidates for public office list," accessed February 27, 2014
  10. Alabama Republican Party, "State Senate," accessed February 27, 2014
  11. Alabama Secretary of State, "Official Democratic Primary Results," accessed June 20, 2014
  12. Alabama Secretary of State, "Official Republican Primary Results," accessed June 20, 2014
  13. Alabama Secretary of State, "State of Alabama 2010 Certified General Election Results," November 2, 2010
  14. Alabama Secretary of State, "Democratic Primary results," November 21, 2013
  15. Alabama Secretary of State, "Republican Primary results," November 21, 2013