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California State Senate District 26

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California State Senate District 26
Current incumbentBen Allen Democratic Party
Ethnicity24.9% Black, 35.4% Hispanic[1]
Voting age78.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
California’s twenty-sixth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Ben Allen.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 848,039 civilians reside within California's twenty-sixth state senate district.[2] California state senators represent an average of 931,349 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 846,791 residents.[4]

About the office

Members serve four-year terms with term limits.[5] The terms of the Senators are staggered so that half the membership is elected every two years. The senators representing odd-numbered districts are elected in years evenly divisible by four. The senators from even-numbered districts are elected in the intervening even-numbered years. California legislators assume office one month after election (December).


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]


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]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor must call for a special election. The election must be called by the Governor within fourteen days of the vacancy being created. No special election can be held if the vacancy happened in an election year and the nominating deadline passed.[8]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate 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. Ben Allen (D) and Sandra Fluke (D) defeated Barbi S. Appelquist (D), Betsy Butler (D), Amy Howorth (D), Vito Imbasciani (D), Patric M. Verrone (D) and Seth Stodder (I) in the blanket primary. Allen defeated Fluke in the general election.[9][10][11]

California State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Allen 60.3% 122,901
     Democratic Sandra Fluke 39.7% 80,781
Total Votes 203,682
California State Senate, District 26 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Allen 22.2% 25,987
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Fluke 19.4% 22,759
     Independent Seth Stodder 17.4% 20,419
     Democratic Betsy Butler 16.5% 19,301
     Democratic Amy Howorth 15.7% 18,411
     Democratic Vito Imbasciani 4.4% 5,189
     Democratic Patric M. Verrone 2.9% 3,446
     Democratic Barbi S. Appelquist 1.4% 1,630
Total Votes 117,142


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Holly Mitchell (D) won election in a special election for California State Senate District 26. The seat was vacant following Sen. Curren Price's (D) election to the Los Angeles City Council. Mitchell defeated Mervin Evans (D) in a blanket primary, which took place on September 17.[12][13][14][15]

California State Senate, District 26, Blanket Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHolly Mitchell 81% 19,481
     Democratic Mervin Evans 19% 4,579
Total Votes 24,060

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 26 have raised a total of $3,529,307. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $294,109 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 26
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $570,763 1 $570,763
2010 $572,333 4 $143,083
2008 $193,734 1 $193,734
2006 $921,658 3 $307,219
2004 $460,412 1 $460,412
2002 $488,481 1 $488,481
2000 $321,926 1 $321,926
Total $3,529,307 12 $294,109

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