Arizona House of Representatives District 4
|Arizona House of Representatives District 4|
|Current incumbent||Charlene Fernandez and Lisa Otondo|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
About the office
Members serve two-year terms with term limits, limiting Representatives to four terms (a total of eight years). Arizona legislators assume office on the first day of the session after they are elected. Each regular session begins on the second Monday in January.
Article 4, Part 2, Section 2 of the Arizona Constitution states: "No person shall be a member of the Legislature unless he shall be a citizen of the United States at the time of his election, nor unless he shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and shall have been a resident of Arizona at least three years and of the county from which he is elected at least one year before his election."
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
Arizona state senators are paid $24,000/year. They are also paid a per diem of $35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter. Senators who live outside of Maricopa County are given an additional $25/day for the 1st 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and an additional $10/day thereafter.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
The Arizona legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Arizona Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that Arizona senators are subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.
If there is a vacancy in the house, the political party committee or the Board of County Supervisors must select a replacement. The political party committee is responsible for appointing a replacement only if the Senate district has thirty or more elected precinct committeemen.
The Secretary of State is required to contact the state party chairperson to give notice of the vacancy. The state chairperson must give notice of an election to fill the seat within three days of receiving notice.
Before an election takes place, the state chairperson must submit a list of three recommended candidates to fill the seat. The election involves all the precinct committeemen who represent the Senate district. If the Legislature is out of session, the election must be held within twenty-one days after the vacancy happened. If the Legislature is in session, the election must be held within five days after the vacancy happened.
The Board of County Supervisors fills vacancies in Senate districts that have less than thirty elected precinct committeemen. Also, the Board of Supervisors must select a replacement if the party committee fails to select a replacement within the specified periods. This is only for districts with thirty or more elected committeemen.
The county of residence from where the person last held the seat is responsible for making the selection. The county that is responsible for filling the vacancy must form a citizens panel. The citizens panel is charged with recommending to the Board of Supervisors three candidates to fill the vacant seat. The panel must recommend persons from the political party that last held the seat. The full county board must select a replacement within five days of receiving the list of recommended candidates.
The person selected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.
Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Incumbent Lisa Otondo and Charlene Fernandez defeated Jose Suarez in the Democratic primary. Richard Hopkins was unopposed in the Republican primary. Otondo and Fernandez defeated Hopkins in the general election.
|Arizona House of Representatives District 4, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Lisa Otondo Incumbent||35.4%||13,324|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Lisa Otondo Incumbent||38.2%||4,556|
Elections for the office of Arizona 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 May 30, 2012. Juan Carlos Escamilla and Lisa Otondo won the general election, after defeating Charlene Fernandez in the August 28 Democratic primary.
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 4, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Lisa Otondo Incumbent||53.2%||23,334|
|Democratic||Juan Carlos "J.C." Escamilla Incumbent||46.8%||20,498|
|Arizona House of Representatives, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Juan Carlos Escamilla||33.3%||4,038|
Since 2000, candidates for Arizona State House District 4 have raised a total of $823,300. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $28,390 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Arizona State House District 4|
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- United States Census Bureau, "Population in 2000 of the American states," December 18, 2013
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- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
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- Arizona Legislature "Arizona Revised Statutes," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 41.1202 (B), Arizona Revised Statutes)
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- Arizona Secretary of State, “Official 2012 Primary Results,” December 18, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, “Official 2012 Primary Candidates,” December 18, 2013