Connecticut State Senate District 15

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Connecticut State Senate District 15
Current incumbentJoan Hartley Democratic Party
Population96,274
Ethnicity17% Black, 23.3% Hispanic
Voting age74.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Connecticut’s fifteenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Joan Hartley.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 96,274 civilians reside within Connecticut's fifteenth state senate district.[1] Connecticut state senators represent an average of 99,280 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 94,599 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Connecticut State Senate serve two-year terms without term limits.[4] Connecticut legislators assume office the Wednesday following the first Monday of the January next succeeding their election.

Qualifications

Article III, Section 3 of the Connecticut Constitution states: The senate shall consist of not less than thirty and not more than fifty members, each of whom shall be an elector residing in the senatorial district from which he is elected. Each senatorial district shall be contiguous as to territory and shall elect no more than one senator.

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.[5]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut State Senate 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. Incumbent Joan V. Hartley was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Karl D. Shehu was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hartley will face Shehu in the general election.[7]

2012

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Connecticut State Senate 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 36 seats were up for election in 2012. Incumbent Joan Hartley defeated Andrew "Andy" Larsen (I) and Blair Bertaccini (WF) in the general election.[8] [9]

Connecticut State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoan V. Hartley Incumbent 85.2% 19,927
     Independent Andrew "Andy" Larsen 10% 2,334
     Working Families Blair Bertaccini 4.9% 1,140
Total Votes 23,401

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Connecticut State Senate District 15 have raised a total of $664,162. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $73,796 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Connecticut State Senate District 15
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $24,291 1 $24,291
2010 $26,665 1 $26,665
2008 $207,436 2 $103,718
2006 $51,301 1 $51,301
2004 $40,504 1 $40,504
2002 $43,375 1 $43,375
2000 $270,590 2 $135,295
Total $664,162 9 $73,796

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