Alaska House of Representatives District 40

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Alaska House of Representatives District 40
Current incumbentBenjamin Nageak Democratic Party
Population17,516
Ethnicity1.3% Black, 1.7% Hispanic
Voting age70.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alaska’s fortieth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Benjamin Nageak.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 17,516 civilians reside within Alaska's fortieth 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 consist of a primary election on August 19, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Incumbent Benjamin P. "Bennie" Nageak will face Dean Westlake in the Democratic primary.[6]

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. Benjamin Nageak defeated Adeline Hopson, Robert Nelson and Greta Schuerch in the August 28 Democratic primary before defeating a write-in candidate in the general election.[7][8][9]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 40, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBenjamin P. Nageak 95.9% 3,444
     Write-in Write-in 4.1% 147
Total Votes 3,591
Alaska House of Representatives, District 40 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBenjamin Nageak 36.1% 714
Greta Schuerch 32.8% 650
Robert Nelson 25.3% 501
Adeline Hopson 5.8% 114
Total Votes 1,979

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Alaska State House District 40 have raised a total of $200,228. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $16,686 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District 40
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $49,866 5 $9,973
2010 $23,234 1 $23,234
2008 $22,276 1 $22,276
2006 $30,773 1 $30,773
2004 $23,232 1 $23,232
2002 $17,554 1 $17,554
2000 $33,293 2 $16,647
Total $200,228 12 $16,686

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