California State Assembly District 54

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California State Assembly District 54
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Current incumbentSebastian Ridley-Thomas Democratic Party
Population426,146
Ethnicity9% Black, 26.1% Hispanic
Voting age78.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s fifty-fourth state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 426,146 civilians reside within California's fifty-fourth 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 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.[8][9][10]

California State Assembly, District 54, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSebastian Mark Ridley Thomas Incumbent 79.1% 66,082
     Republican Glen Ratcliff 20.9% 17,506
Total Votes 83,588

2013

See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

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.[11][12][13][14]

California State Assembly, District 54, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSebastian Ridley-Thomas 60.3% 13,992
     Democratic Christopher R. Armenta 35.7% 8,270
     Democratic John Jake 4% 931
Total Votes 23,193

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 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.[15] [16]

California State Assembly, District 54, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHolly J. Mitchell Incumbent 83.3% 143,530
     Republican Keith Brandon McCowen 16.7% 28,688
Total Votes 172,218
California State Assembly, District 54 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHolly J. Mitchell Incumbent 70.9% 33,920
     Democratic Ed Nicoletti 11.7% 5,601
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Brandon McCowen 17.4% 8,350
Total Votes 47,871

Campaign contributions

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
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $459,686 3 $153,229
2010 $763,662 2 $381,831
2008 $1,446,522 5 $289,304
2006 $568,196 3 $189,399
2004 $2,526,858 3 $842,286
2002 $716,396 2 $358,198
2000 $2,343,698 4 $585,925
Total $8,825,018 22 $401,137

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