California State Assembly District 78

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California State Assembly District 78
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Current incumbentToni Atkins Democratic Party
Population489,221
Ethnicity11.8% Black, 33.5% Hispanic[1]
Voting age74.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s seventy-eighth state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Toni Atkins.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 489,221 civilians reside within California's seventy-eighth state assembly district.[2] California state senators represent an average of 465,674 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 420,000 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the California State Assembly serve two-year terms with term limits.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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).[5]

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.[8]

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 Toni Atkins (D) and Barbara Decker (R) defeated Kevin D. Melton (R) in the blanket primary. Atkins defeated Decker in the general election.[9][10][11]

California State Assembly, District 78, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngToni Atkins Incumbent 61.6% 72,224
     Republican Barbara Decker 38.4% 45,088
Total Votes 117,312
California State Assembly, District 78 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngToni Atkins Incumbent 60.2% 45,922
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Decker 28.2% 21,545
     Republican Kevin D. Melton 11.6% 8,855
Total Votes 76,322

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 Toni Atkins (D) and Ralph Denney (R) defeated Robert Williams (R) in the June 5 blanket primary. Atkins went on to defeat Denney in the general election.[12] [13]

California State Assembly, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngToni Atkins Incumbent 62.4% 116,987
     Republican Ralph Denney 37.6% 70,526
Total Votes 187,513
California State Assembly, District 78 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngToni Atkins Incumbent 59.8% 54,175
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Denney 27.9% 25,291
     Republican Robert Williams 12.3% 11,121
Total Votes 90,587

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Assembly District 78 have raised a total of $19,937,732. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $604,174 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Assembly District 78
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $790,778 3 $263,593
2010 $1,798,424 3 $599,475
2008 $5,074,396 5 $1,014,879
2006 $2,841,058 4 $710,265
2004 $4,628,519 5 $925,704
2002 $3,290,490 8 $411,311
2000 $1,514,067 5 $302,813
Total $19,937,732 33 $604,174

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