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Alaska State Senate District C
Current incumbentClick Bishop Republican Party
Population28,081
Race50.7% White, 39.7% American Indian or Alaska Native, 7.3% Two or More Races, 1.3% Asian, 0.5% Other, 0.4% Black, 0.2% Pacific Islander
Ethnicity97.6% Not Hispanic, 2.4% Hispanic
Voting age74.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alaska's third state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Click Bishop.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 28,081 civilians reside within Alaska's third state senate district.[1] Alaska state senators represent an average of 35,512 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 31,347 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Alaska State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits.[4] Half of the senate is up for re-election every two years. All seats are up for election after redistricting occurs. Up until 1992, members of the Senate and House were elected to both single-member and multi-member districts. Since then, all Alaska legislators have been elected into single-member districts.[5] The terms of Alaska legislators begin on the 4th Monday of the January following a November election.

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 senator shall be at least twenty-five years of age.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Alaska State Senate 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.[6]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor 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 schedule to convene.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate 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. Dorothy J. Shockley was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Click Bishop was unopposed in the Republican primary. Shockley will face Bishop in the general election. Mike Miller (R) withdrew before the primary.[8][9][10][11]

2012

See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate 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. Click Bishop defeated Anne Sudkamp (D) in the general election.[12] He defeated Ralph Seekins and David Eastman in the August 28 Republican primary. Sudkamp ran unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary.[13]

Alaska State Senate, District 3 (C), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngClick Bishop 71.2% 10,051
     Democratic Anne Sudkamp 28.8% 4,074
Total Votes 14,125
Alaska State Senate, District 3 (C) Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngClick Bishop 47.1% 2,679
Ralph Seekins 31.1% 1,768
David Eastman 21.9% 1,246
Total Votes 5,693

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Alaska State House District C have raised a total of $650,602. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $40,663 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District C
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $255,026 4 $63,757
2008 $38,765 2 $19,383
2004 $123,467 3 $41,156
2002 $94,149 2 $47,075
2000 $139,195 5 $27,839
Total $650,602 16 $40,663

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