California State Senate District 35

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California State Senate District 35
Current incumbentIsadore Hall, III Democratic Party
Ethnicity1.7% Black, 15.2% Hispanic[1]
Voting age79.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
California’s thirty-fifth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Isadore Hall, III.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 899,261 civilians reside within California's thirty-fifth 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 legislative special elections, 2014

Isadore Hall, III (D) defeated Louis L. Dominguez (D), Hector Serrano (D) and James Spencer (R) in the special election on December 9, 2014.[9][10]

The seat was vacant following Roderick Wright's (D) resignation on September 22, 2014, after he was convicted in a perjury and voting fraud case.[11]

A special election for the position of California State Senate District 35 was called for December 9, with a runoff on February 10, 2015, if necessary. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was October 17, 2014.[12]

California State Senate, District 35, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngIsadore Hall, III 55.9% 17,951
     Republican James Spencer 25% 8,014
     Democratic Louis L. Dominguez 12.7% 4,067
     Democratic Hector Serrano 6.4% 2,069
Total Votes 32,101


See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of California State Senate 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 Roderick Wright (D) and Charlotte Svolos (R) defeated Paul Butterfield (D) in the June 5 blanket primary. Wright then defeated Svolos in the general election.[13] [14]

California State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoderick "Rod" Wright Incumbent 76.5% 192,483
     Republican Charlotte A. Svolos 23.5% 59,077
Total Votes 251,560
California State Senate, District 35 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharlotte Svolos 57.4% 40,312
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRod Wright Incumbent 26.8% 18,793
     Democratic Paul Butterfield 15.8% 11,091
Total Votes 70,196

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for California State Senate District 35 have raised a total of $5,033,793. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $296,105 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, California State Senate District 35
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $653,949 3 $217,983
2010 $33,016 1 $33,016
2008 $678,731 2 $339,366
2006 $532,126 1 $532,126
2004 $2,118,550 5 $423,710
2002 $303,078 1 $303,078
2000 $714,343 4 $178,586
Total $5,033,793 17 $296,105

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