Connecticut House of Representatives District 61

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Connecticut House of Representatives District 61
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Current incumbentVacant
Population24,674
Ethnicity12.1% Black, 5.7% Hispanic
Voting age79.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Connecticut’s sixty-first state house district has a vacancy following the death of Democratic Representative Elaine O'Brien on February 20, 2014.[1]

As of the 2010 census, a total of 24,674 civilians reside within Connecticut's sixty-first house of representatives district.[2] Connecticut state legislators represent an average of 23,670 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 22,553 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Connecticut House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits.[5] Connecticut legislators assume office the Wednesday following the first Monday of the January next succeeding their election.

Qualifications

Article III, Section 4 of the Connecticut Constitution states: The house of representatives shall consist of not less than one hundred twenty-five and not more than two hundred twenty-five members, each of whom shall be an elector residing in the assembly district from which he is elected. Each assembly district shall be contiguous as to territory and shall elect no more than one representative. For the purpose of forming assembly districts no town shall be divided except for the purpose of forming assembly districts wholly within the town.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Connecticut legislature are paid $28,000 per year. They receive no per diem.[6]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat. The Governor must call for an election no later than 10 days after the vacancy happened. All special elections must be held no later than 46 days after a Governor's declaration. If the vacancy happened with less than 125 days left before the general election, the special election must be held on the same day as the general election. No election can be called by the Governor if the vacancy happened with less than 49 days before the general election.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 12, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014. Joe Doering is unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Tami Zawistowski is unopposed in the Republican primary.[8]

2014

See also: Connecticut state legislative special elections, 2014

Tami Zawistowski (R) defeated Pete Hill (D) in the special election, which took place on April 11.[9][10][11]

The seat was vacant following Elaine O'Brien's (D) death.[12]

A special election for the position of Connecticut House of Representatives District 61 was called for April 11. Candidates were nominated by their party rather than chosen through a primary.[12]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 61, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTami Zawistowski 58% 1,975
     Democratic Pete Hill 42% 1,428
Total Votes 3,403


2012

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Connecticut House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 14, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2012. A total of 151 seats were up for election in 2012. Incumbent Elaine O'Brien defeated Tami Zawistowski (R) in the general election. Both candidates ran unopposed in the August 14 primary elections.[13] [14]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElaine O'Brien Incumbent 52.2% 5,754
     Republican Tami Zawistowski 47.8% 5,263
Total Votes 11,017

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Connecticut House of Representatives District 61 have raised a total of $298,596. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $27,145 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Connecticut House of Representatives District 61
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $69,295 2 $34,648
2010 $62,526 2 $31,263
2008 $34,151 2 $17,076
2006 $91,041 2 $45,521
2004 $13,630 1 $13,630
2002 $15,528 1 $15,528
2000 $12,425 1 $12,425
Total $298,596 11 $27,145

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