Arkansas House of Representatives District 16

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Arkansas House District 16
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Current incumbentJames Word Democratic Party
Population23,475
Ethnicity76.5% Black, 1.1% Hispanic
Voting age73.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Arkansas's sixteenth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative James Word.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 23,475 civilians reside within Arkansas's sixteenth house district.[1] Arkansas state representatives represent an average of 29,159 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 26,734 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits. Representatives may not serve more than three two-year terms.[4] Arkansas legislators assume office on the first day of session: the second Monday of January.

Qualifications

Article 5, Section 4 of the Arkansas Constitution states: No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen. Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Arkansas legislature are paid $15,869 per year. They are also given per diem of $136 per day (in voucher form) plus mileage tied to the federal rate.[5]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Arkansas legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Arkansas Term Limits Initiative in 1992. That initiative said that Arkansas representatives are subject to term limits of no more than three two-year terms.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor must call for a special election in order to fill the vacancy. The election must be called by the Governor without delay.[6] For all special elections in the house, the county that first established the district is responsible for conducting the election.[7]

All special elections must be held on the Second Tuesday of each month. The only other dates an election can be held if the second Tuesday of the month falls on a legal holiday or is in June during an even-numbered year.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Ken Ferguson, Win Trafford and Efrem Elliott faced off in the Democratic primary. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters - Ferguson and Trafford - met a runoff election on June 10, which Ferguson won. Ferguson is unchallenged in the general election.[9][10][11]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 16 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Ferguson 38.3% 1,660
Green check mark transparent.pngWin Trafford 37.8% 1,641
Efrem Elliott 23.9% 1,037
Total Votes 4,338
Arkansas House of Representatives, District 16 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Ferguson 54.5% 1,170
Win Trafford 45.5% 978
Total Votes 2,148

2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 22, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 1, 2012. Incumbent James Word ran unopposed in the May 22 Democratic primary after winning the general election without opposition.[12][13]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Arkansas House of Representatives District 16 have raised a total of $162,598. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $18,066 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Arkansas House of Representatives District 16
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $16,236 $Expression error: Unexpected round operator.
2010 $6,750 1 $6,750
2008 $75,366 3 $25,122
2006 $26,345 1 $26,345
2004 $9,350 1 $9,350
2002 $6,400 1 $6,400
2000 $22,151 2 $11,076
Total $162,598 9 $18,066

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