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Connecticut House of Representatives District 78

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Connecticut House of Representatives District 78
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Current incumbentWhit Betts Republican Party
Population24,163
Ethnicity2.4% Black, 4.4% Hispanic[1]
Voting age78.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Connecticut’s seventy-eighth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Whit Betts.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 24,163 civilians reside within Connecticut's seventy-eighth 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 consisted 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. Dan Santorso was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Whit Betts was unopposed in the Republican primary. Betts defeated Santorso in the general election.[8][9]

Connecticut House of Representatives District 78, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWhit Betts Incumbent 61.6% 4,754
     Democratic Dan Santorso 31% 2,393
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngWhit Betts Incumbent 4.2% 327
     Working Families Dan Santorso 3.1% 242
Total Votes 7,716

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 Whit Betts defeated Daniel Santorso (D) and George Langer (WF) in the general election. The candidates ran unopposed in the August 14 primary elections.[10] [11]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWhit Betts Incumbent 60% 5,908
     Democratic Daniel Santorso 36.4% 3,582
     Working Families George Langer 3.7% 360
Total Votes 9,850

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Connecticut House of Representatives District 78 have raised a total of $249,555. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $27,728 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Connecticut House of Representatives District 78
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $32,701 1 $32,701
2010 $62,463 2 $31,232
2008 $60,369 2 $30,185
2006 $26,297 1 $26,297
2004 $30,473 1 $30,473
2002 $19,944 1 $19,944
2000 $17,308 1 $17,308
Total $249,555 9 $27,728

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