Alaska State Senate District H
|Alaska State Senate District H|
|Current incumbent||Bill Wielechowski|
|Race||85.9% White, 5.5% American Indian or Alaska Native, 6.0% Two or More Races, 1.1% Asian, 0.5% Other, 0.7% Black, 0.2% Pacific Islander|
|Ethnicity||96.6% Not Hispanic, 3.4% Hispanic|
|Voting age||72.5% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 47,533 civilians reside within Alaska's eighth state senate district. Alaska state senators represent an average of 35,512 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 31,347 residents.
About the office
Members of the Alaska State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. 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. The terms of Alaska legislators begin on the 4th Monday of the January following a November election.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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. Berta Gardner defeated Don Smith (R) in the general election. Gardner ran unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary. Smith defeated Clint Hess in the August 28 Republican primary.
|Alaska State Senate, District 8 (H), General Election, 2012|
Since 2002, candidates for Alaska State House District H have raised a total of $322,674. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $35,853 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District H|
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