Alaska House of Representatives District 7

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Alaska House of Representatives District 7
Current incumbentWes Keller Republican Party
Population20,982
Ethnicity1.4% Black, 2.6% Hispanic
Voting age76.9 % age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alaska’s seventh state house district is represented by Republican Representative Wes Keller.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 20,982 civilians reside within Alaska's seventh 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. District 9 incumbent Lynn Gattis was unopposed in the Republican primary and will face Verne Rupright (Nonpartisan) 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 Wes Keller defeated Roger Purcell in the August 28 Republican primary before winning against a write-in candidate in the general election.[9][10][11]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWes Keller Incumbent 95.4% 5,517
     Write in Write-in 4.6% 265
Total Votes 5,782
Alaska House of Representatives, District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWes Keller Incumbent 68.2% 1,468
Roger Purcell 31.8% 686
Total Votes 2,154

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Alaska State House District 7 have raised a total of $892,945. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $35,718 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District 7
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $52,703 2 $26,352
2010 $151,007 2 $75,504
2008 $152,830 4 $38,208
2006 $90,776 4 $22,694
2004 $216,419 7 $30,917
2002 $135,973 3 $45,324
2000 $93,237 3 $31,079
Total $892,945 25 $35,718

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