Alaska House of Representatives District 20
|Alaska House of Representatives District 20|
|Current incumbent||Mia Costello|
|Ethnicity||15.3% Black, 10.5% Hispanic|
|Voting age||67% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 18,540 civilians reside within Alaska's twentieth house of representatives district. Alaska state representatives represent an average of 17,756 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 15,563 residents.
About the office
Article II, Section 2 of the Alaska Constitution states: A member of the legislature shall be a qualified voter who has been a resident of Alaska for at least three years and of the district from which elected for at least one year, immediately preceding his filing for office. A representative shall be at least twenty-one years of age.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the Alaska House of Representatives are paid $50,400 per year as a base salary rate. They are also paid a per diem of either $238 or $253/day, tied to the federal rate. This per diem varies depending on the time of the year. Legislators who live in the Juneau area receive 75% of federal rate.
If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor of Alaska is responsible for selecting a replacement. The Governor must select the replacement within 30 days after the vacancy happened. The Governor cannot appoint a replacement if the vacancy happens before a new legislative session is scheduled to convene.
Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 19, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. District 18 incumbent Les S. Gara was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election. Robert L. Benton (D) withdrew before the primary.
Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 28, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 1, 2012. Incumbent Mia Costello defeated Tamara Von Gemmingen in the August 28 Republican primary before defeating Michelle Scannell (D) and a write-in candidate in the general election. Scannell ran unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary.
|Alaska House of Representatives, District 20, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mia Costello Incumbent||70.6%||5,134|
|Alaska House of Representatives, District 20 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Mia Costello Incumbent||80.6%||1,820|
|Tamara Von Gemmingen||19.4%||437|
Since 2000, candidates for Alaska State House District 20 have raised a total of $559,785. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $31,099 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District 20|
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- Alaska Division of Elections, "August 28, 2012 Primary Candidate List," November 29, 2013
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