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Alaska State Senate District H

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Alaska State Senate District H
Current incumbentBill Wielechowski Democratic Party
Race85.9% 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[1]
Ethnicity96.6% Not Hispanic, 3.4% Hispanic
Voting age72.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Alaska's eighth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Bill Wielechowski.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 47,533 civilians reside within Alaska's eighth state senate district.[2] Alaska state senators represent an average of 35,512 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 31,347 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Alaska State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]


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.[8]



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.[9] Gardner ran unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary. Smith defeated Clint Hess in the August 28 Republican primary.[10]

Alaska State Senate, District 8 (H), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBerta Gardner 59.5% 6,950
     Republican Don Smith 40.5% 4,730
Total Votes 11,680

Campaign contributions

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
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $147,328 3 $49,109
2010 $48,571 1 $48,571
2006 $87,106 3 $29,035
2002 $39,669 2 $19,835
Total $322,674 9 $35,853

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