Alaska State Senate District Q

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Alaska State Senate District Q
Current incumbentBert Stedman Republican Party
Population37,402
Race85.4% White, 6.5% American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.8% Two or More Races, 1.1% Asian, 0.7% Other, 0.3% Black, 0.2% Pacific Islander
Ethnicity96.7% Not Hispanic, 3.3% Hispanic
Voting age75.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alaska's seventeenth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Bert Stedman.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 37,402 civilians reside within Alaska's seventeenth 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

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. Incumbent Bert Stedman defeated incumbent Albert Kookesh (D) in the general election.[8] Both candidates ran unopposed in the August 28 primary elections.[9]

Alaska State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBert Stedman Incumbent 64.5% 9,829
     Democratic Albert Kookesh Incumbent 35.5% 5,413
Total Votes 15,242

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Alaska State House District Q have raised a total of $880,297. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $48,905 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District Q
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $122,563 2 $61,282
2008 $148,291 3 $49,430
2004 $369,491 4 $92,373
2002 $186,064 7 $26,581
2000 $53,888 2 $26,944
Total $880,297 18 $48,905

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