Arkansas State Senate District 18

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Arkansas Senate District 18
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Current incumbentMissy Irvin Republican Party
Population85,656
Ethnicity3.7% Black, 1.9% Hispanic
Voting age79% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Arkansas's eighteenth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Missy Irvin.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 85,656 civilians reside within Arkansas's eighteenth state senate district.[1] Arkansas state representatives represent an average of 83,312 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 76,383 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Arkansas State Senate are elected to four-year terms 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 senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms.[4] In the first election after the census, all 35 seats are up for election. The Senators "shall divide themselves into two classes, by lot, and the first class shall hold their places for two years only, after which all shall be elected for four years." 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 senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-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 senate, 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 senate, 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 State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take 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. Incumbent Missy Irvin defeated Phil Grace in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[9][10]

Arkansas State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMissy Irvin Incumbent 64.2% 6,450
Phil Grace 35.8% 3,604
Total Votes 10,054

2012

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate 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 Missy Irvin defeated William White (D) and Paul White (I) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in the general election.[11][12]

Arkansas State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMissy Thomas Irvin Incumbent 65.1% 22,290
     Democratic William "Zac" White 24.6% 8,412
     Independent Paul White 10.3% 3,540
Total Votes 34,242

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Arkansas State Senate District 18 have raised a total of $698,888. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $69,889 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Arkansas State Senate District 18
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $249,244 3 $83,081
2010 $277,163 3 $92,388
2008 $12,000 1 $12,000
2006 $154,106 2 $77,053
2002 $6,375 1 $6,375
Total $698,888 10 $69,889

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