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California State Assembly District 8

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California State Assembly District 8
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Current incumbentKen Cooley Democratic Party
Population472,487
Ethnicity9.4% Black, 22.9% Hispanic[1]
Voting age75.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s eighth state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Ken Cooley.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 472,487 civilians reside within California's 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 Ken Cooley (D) and Douglas Haaland (R) defeated Janice Marlae Bonser (L) in the blanket primary. Cooley defeated Haaland in the general election.[9][10][11]

California State Assembly, District 8, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKen Cooley Incumbent 56.7% 62,892
     Republican Douglas Haaland 43.3% 48,057
Total Votes 110,949
California State Assembly, District 8 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKen Cooley Incumbent 51.8% 35,294
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas Haaland 41.1% 28,049
     Libertarian Janice Marlae Bonser 7.1% 4,830
Total Votes 68,173

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 Ken Cooley (D) and Peter Tateishi (R) defeated John Thomas Flynn (R), Barbara Ortega (R), Philip Tufi (R) and Janice Marlae Bonser (L) in the June 5 blanket primary. Cooley went on to defeat Tateishi in the general election.[12] [13]

California State Assembly, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKen Cooley 54.3% 92,630
     Republican Peter Tateishi 45.7% 78,006
Total Votes 170,636
California State Assembly, District 8 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKen Cooley 42.6% 33,034
     Republican John Thomas Flynn 6.3% 4,853
     Republican Barbara Ortega 20.1% 15,592
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Tateishi 23.5% 18,237
     Republican Philip Tufi 3.1% 2,424
     Libertarian Janice Marlae Bonser 4.3% 3,368
Total Votes 77,508

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Assembly District 8 have raised a total of $9,617,606. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $437,164 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Assembly District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $5,486,337 6 $914,390
2010 $240,048 2 $120,024
2008 $1,115,232 3 $371,744
2006 $529,609 2 $264,805
2004 $613,078 2 $306,539
2002 $1,215,578 4 $303,895
2000 $417,724 3 $139,241
Total $9,617,606 22 $437,164

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