Colorado House of Representatives District 41
|Colorado House of Representatives District 41|
|Current incumbent||Jovan Melton|
|Ethnicity||18% Black, 15.8% Hispanic|
|Voting age||77.7% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 74,088 civilians reside within Colorado's forty-first house of representatives district. Colorado state representatives represent an average of 77,372 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 66,173 residents.
About the office
Article 5, Section 4 of the Colorado Constitution states: No person shall be a representative or senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years, who shall not be a citizen of the United States, who shall not for at least twelve months next preceding his election, have resided within the territory included in the limits of the county or district in which he shall be chosen; provided, that any person who at the time of the adoption of this constitution, was a qualified elector under the territorial laws, shall be eligible to the first general assembly.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the Colorado legislature are paid $30,000 per year. They are also given per diem of $183 for members who live more than 50 miles from capitol and $45 for members who live 50 or fewer miles from capitol.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
In the event of any vacancy in the house, the political party that holds the vacant seat is responsible for deciding a replacement. A vacancy committee consisting of members of the political party holding the vacant seat must conduct an election when deciding an appointee. A simple majority vote of members in the vacancy committee is needed to approve any appointment. The person selected to fill the vacancy serves until the next scheduled general election.
Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 26, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 19, 2012. Jovan Melton defeated Terry Todd in the June 26 Democratic primary before defeating Art Carlson (R) and JM Fay (I) in the general election. Carlson was not on the primary ballot but replaced Robert Miles, who withdrew from the race. Carlson was named to the ballot by an Arapahoe County vacancy committee on August 23. 
|Colorado House of Representatives, District 41, General Election, 2012|
|Independent||JM "Maria J" Fay||5.7%||1,855|
Since 2000, candidates for Colorado House of Representatives District 41 have raised a total of $368,168. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $23,011 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Colorado House of Representatives District 41|
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- United States Census 2010, "Population in 2000 of the American states," November 27, 2013
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- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
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- "Colorado Secretary of State," "2012 General Election", Accessed October 29, 2013
- "Colorado Secretary of State","2012 General Primary”, Accessed October 29, 2013