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Arizona State Senate District 6

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Arizona Senate District 6
AZ LD 06.jpg
Current incumbentSylvia Allen
Population219,170
Ethnicity3.1% Black, 12.1% Hispanic 1.7% Native American[1]
Voting age74.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Arizona’s sixth state senate district is represented by Republican Representative Sylvia Allen.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 219,170 civilians reside within Arizona's sixth state senate district.[2] Arizona state senators represent an average of 213,067 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 171,021 residents.[4]

About the office

Members serve two-year terms with term limits, limiting Senators to four terms (a total of eight years).[5] 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.

Qualifications

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."

Salaries

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.[6]

Term limits

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.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.[5]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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.[7]

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.[7]

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.[7]

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.[8]

The person selected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate 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. Sylvia Allen (R) defeated Tom O'Halleran (I) in the general election.[9] Incumbent Chester Crandell initially filed to run but died on August 4.[10][11][12][13]

Arizona State Senate District 6, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSylvia Allen 51.3% 31,845
     Independent Tom O'Halleran 48.7% 30,207
Total Votes 62,052

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Arizona 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 May 30, 2012. Chester Crandell defeated Tom Chabin (D) in the general election. Both candidates ran unopposed in the August 28 primary elections.[14][15]

Arizona State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChester Crandell 53% 45,105
     Democratic Tom Chabin 47% 39,933
Total Votes 85,038

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Arizona State Senate District 6 have raised a total of $613,700. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $27,895 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Arizona State Senate District 6
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $86,463 3 $28,821
2010 $102,713 3 $34,238
2008 $93,031 2 $46,516
2006 $120,292 3 $40,097
2004 $78,255 2 $39,128
2002 $36,183 3 $12,061
2000 $96,763 6 $16,127
Total $613,700 22 $27,895

See also

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References

  1. For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
  2. Public Mapping Project, “Arizona 2010 Census Statistics,” October 17, 2013
  3. United States Census 2010, "Population in 2010 of the American states," November 22, 2013
  4. United States Census 2010, "Population in 2000 of the American states," November 27, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Arizona State Legislature, "Term limits," accessed December 16, 2013
  6. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Arizona Legislature "Arizona Revised Statutes," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 41.1202 (A), Arizona Revised Statutes)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Arizona Legislature "Arizona Revised Statutes," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 41.1202 (B), Arizona Revised Statutes)
  9. The Republic, "Arizona GOP officials elect Sylvia Allen to run in place of lawmaker who died," August 30, 2014
  10. Arizona Secretary of State, "Unofficial primary election results," accessed August 27, 2014
  11. Arizona Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election," May 28, 2014
  12. KPHO, "AZ Sen. Crandell dies while horseback riding," August 4, 2014
  13. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed September 11, 2014
  14. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary Candidate List," December 20, 2013
  15. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," December 23, 2013