California State Assembly District 2

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California State Assembly District 2
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Current incumbentWesley Chesbro Democratic Party
Population469,582
Ethnicity1.4% Black, 16.1% Hispanic
Voting age75.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
California’s second state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Wesley Chesbro.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 469,582 civilians reside within California's second state assembly district.[1] California state senators represent an average of 465,674 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 420,000 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the California State Assembly serve two-year terms with term limits.[4] California legislators assume office one month after election (December).

Qualifications

According to Article IV of the California Constitution, the candidate must be a United States Citizen, a resident of California for three years, a resident of the legislative district for one year and a registered voter in that district by the time nomination papers are filed.[5]

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the California legislature are paid $95,291 per year. They are also given per diem of $141.86 per day in session.[6]

Term limis

See also: State legislatures with term limits

Since the passage of Prop 28 in 2012, legislators first elected on or after November 6, 2012 are limited to a maximum of 12 years. Prop 140, passed in 1990, effects any members elected prior to November 6, 2012 and limits them to a maximum of two four-year terms (eight years).[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the assembly, the Governor must call for a special election. The election must be called by the Governor within fourteen days of the vacancy. No special election can be held if the vacancy happened in an election year and the nominating deadline passed.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 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 7, 2014. Jim Wood (D) and Matt Heath (R) defeated John Lowry (D) and Pamela Elizondo (G) in the blanket primary. Wood will face Heath in the general election.[8][9]

California State Assembly, District 2 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Wood 41.2% 37,244
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Heath 31.9% 28,866
     Democratic John Lowry 18.2% 16,464
     Green Pamela Elizondo 8.7% 7,853
Total Votes 90,427

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Elections for the office of California State Assembly consisted of a primary election on June 5, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2012. Incumbent Wesley Chesbro (D) and Tom Lynch (D) defeated Firenza Xuan Pini (D) and Pamela Elizondo (G) in the June 5 blanket primary. Chesbro then went on to defeat Lynch in the general election.[10] [11]

California State Assembly, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWesley Chesbro Incumbent 63.1% 111,451
     Democratic Tom Lynch 36.9% 65,302
Total Votes 176,753
California State Assembly, District 2 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWesley Chesbro Incumbent 64.1% 60,414
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Lynch 22.9% 21,536
     Democratic Firenza Xuan Pini 4.3% 4,015
     Green Pamela Elizondo 8.8% 8,261
Total Votes 94,226

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Assembly District 2 have raised a total of $4,443,099. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $164,559 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Assembly District 2
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $427,959 4 $106,990
2010 $721,445 2 $360,723
2008 $764,697 5 $152,939
2006 $790,514 4 $197,629
2004 $702,278 2 $351,139
2002 $681,228 6 $113,538
2000 $354,978 4 $88,745
Total $4,443,099 27 $164,559

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