Alaska House of Representatives District 29

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Alaska House of Representatives District 29
Current incumbentKurt Olson Republican Party
Population17,639
Ethnicity5.9% Black, 8.7% Hispanic
Voting age74.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alaska’s twenty-ninth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Kurt Olson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 17,639 civilians reside within Alaska's twenty-ninth house of representatives district.[1] Alaska state representatives represent an average of 17,756 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 15,563 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Alaska State Senate serve two-year terms and are not subjected to term limits. The Alaska House of Representatives is the smallest legislative lower house in the United States.

Qualifications

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.

Salaries

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.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

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.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 19, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Rocky Knudsen was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while District 28 incumbent Charles "Mike" Chenault was unopposed in the Republican primary. Knudsen will face Chenault in the general election.[6][7][8]

2012

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

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 Kurt Olson defeated Gary Knopp in the August 28 Republican primary before defeating a write-in candidate in the general election.[9][10][11]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKurt E. Olson Incumbent 96.6% 6,260
     Write-in Write-in 3.4% 217
Total Votes 6,477
Alaska House of Representatives, District 29 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Olson Incumbent 56.1% 1,679
Gary Knopp 43.9% 1,314
Total Votes 2,993

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Alaska State House District 29 have raised a total of $678,983. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $39,940 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District 29
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $65,378 3 $21,793
2010 $145,769 2 $72,885
2008 $92,971 4 $23,243
2006 $111,435 2 $55,718
2004 $73,844 2 $36,922
2002 $56,590 2 $28,295
2000 $132,996 2 $66,498
Total $678,983 17 $39,940

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