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Alaska House of Representatives District 5
Current incumbentAdam Wool Democratic Party
Population13,846
Ethnicity0.7% Black, 2.1% Hispanic[1]
Voting age77% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Alaska’s fifth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Adam Wool.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 13,846 civilians reside within Alaska's fifth house of representatives district.[2] Alaska state representatives represent an average of 17,756 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 15,563 residents.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2014

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. Elizabeth C. Clark was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Pete B. Higgins was unopposed in the Republican primary. Adam Wool (D) defeated Higgins in the general election. Clark withdrew from the race on August 20, 2014.[7][8][9][10][11]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 5, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Wool 52.7% 3,379
     Republican Pete B. Higgins 47.3% 3,037
Total Votes 6,416

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. Pete Higgins defeated Aaron Lojewski in the August 28 Republican primary election before defeating David Watts (D) in the general election. Watts ran with no primary opposition.[12][13][14]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Higgins 53.7% 3,950
     Democratic David Watts 46.3% 3,410
Total Votes 7,360
Alaska House of Representatives, District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPete Higgins 52% 1,423
Aaron Lojewski 48% 1,315
Total Votes 2,738

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Alaska State House District 5 have raised a total of $535,805. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $24,355 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District 5
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $66,237 4 $16,559
2010 $64,326 2 $32,163
2008 $85,553 2 $42,777
2006 $94,759 2 $47,380
2004 $132,272 7 $18,896
2002 $64,360 3 $21,453
2000 $28,298 2 $14,149
Total $535,805 22 $24,355

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