California State Assembly District 70

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California State Assembly District 70
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Current incumbentBonnie Lowenthal Democratic Party
Population496,195
Ethnicity2% Black, 14.1% Hispanic
Voting age78.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s seventieth state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Bonnie Lowenthal.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 496,195 civilians reside within California's seventieth 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. Patrick O'Donnell (D) and John C. Goya (R) defeated Suja Lowenthal (D) in the blanket primary. O'Donnell defeated Goya in the general election.[8][9]

California State Assembly, District 70 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick O'Donnell 40.6% 21,949
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Goya 32.2% 17,367
     Democratic Suja Lowenthal 27.2% 14,697
Total Votes 54,013

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 Bonnie Lowenthal (D) and Martha Flores Gibson (R) advanced past the June 5 blanket primary unopposed, before Lowenthal defeated Gibson in the general election.[10] [11]

California State Assembly, District 70, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Lowenthal Incumbent 65.8% 100,676
     Republican Martha Flores Gibson 34.2% 52,321
Total Votes 152,997

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Assembly District 70 have raised a total of $5,114,497. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $176,362 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Assembly District 70
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $424,902 2 $212,451
2010 $917,145 7 $131,021
2008 $99,782 2 $49,891
2006 $280,875 2 $140,438
2004 $2,365,007 8 $295,626
2002 $708,738 3 $236,246
2000 $318,048 5 $63,610
Total $5,114,497 29 $176,362

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