California State Assembly District 54
|California State Assembly District 54|
|Current incumbent||Sebastian Ridley-Thomas|
|Ethnicity||9% Black, 26.1% Hispanic|
|Voting age||78.5% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 426,146 civilians reside within California's fifty-fourth state assembly district. California state senators represent an average of 465,674 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 420,000 residents.
About the office
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.
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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.
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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).
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.
Elections for the office of California State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Sebastian Mark Ridley Thomas (D) and Glen Ratcliff (R) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Ridley-Thomas defeated Ratcliff in the general election.
|California State Assembly, District 54, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Sebastian Mark Ridley Thomas Incumbent||79.1%||66,082|
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D) won election in a special election for California State Assembly District 54. The seat was vacant following Rep. Holly Mitchell's (D) election to the California State Senate. Ridley-Thomas defeated John Jake (D) and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D) in the special election, which took place on December 3.
|California State Assembly, District 54, Special Election, 2013|
|Democratic||Christopher R. Armenta||35.7%||8,270|
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 Holly Mitchell (D) and Keith Brandon McCowen (R) defeated Ed Nicoletti (D) in the June 5 blanket primary. Mitchell went on to defeat McCowen in the general election. 
|California State Assembly, District 54, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Holly J. Mitchell Incumbent||83.3%||143,530|
|Republican||Keith Brandon McCowen||16.7%||28,688|
|California State Assembly, District 54 Blanket Primary, 2012|
|Democratic||Holly J. Mitchell Incumbent||70.9%||33,920|
|Republican||Keith Brandon McCowen||17.4%||8,350|
Since 2000, candidates for California State Assembly District 54 have raised a total of $8,825,018. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $401,137 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, California State Assembly District 54|
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- For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
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