Delaware House of Representatives District 15

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Delaware House of Representatives District 15
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Current incumbentValerie Longhurst Democratic Party
Population27,756
Ethnicity31.8% Black, 5% Hispanic
Voting age74.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Delaware’s fifteenth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Valerie Longhurst.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 27,756 civilians reside within Delaware's fifteenth house of representatives district.[1] Delaware state legislators represent an average of 21,901 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 19,112 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Delaware House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits.[4] Delaware legislators assume office the day after their election.

Qualifications

Article II, Section 3 of the Delaware Constitution states: No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained the age of twenty-four years, and have been a citizen and inhabitant of the State three years next preceding the day of his election, and the last year of that term an inhabitant of the Representative District in which he shall be chosen, unless he shall have been absent on the public business of the United States or of this State.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Delaware legislature are paid $42,750 per year. Legislators are allowed a maximum of $7,334 in expenses annually.[5]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the House Speaker must call for a special election. The election must be called for no later than 30 days after the vacancy happened. The Governor may make the declaration if the House is not in session. The date of the election must be set no later than 10 days after a declaration was made.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 8, 2014. Incumbent Valerie Longhurst defeated James Burton in the Democratic primary, while Matthew Lenzini was unopposed in the Republican primary. Longhurst defeated Lenzini in the general election.[7][8][9][10]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 15, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngValerie Longhurst Incumbent 68.1% 3,906
     Republican Matthew Lenzini 31.9% 1,828
Total Votes 5,734
Delaware House of Representatives, District 15 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngValerie Longhurst Incumbent 64.3% 626
James Burton 35.7% 347
Total Votes 973

2012

See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Delaware House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on February 11, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 6, 2012. Incumbent Valerie Longhurst defeated James D. Burton in the August 14 Democratic primary election, before defeating Amy Merlino (L) in the general election. Merlino ran without primary opposition.[11] [12]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngValerie Longhurst Incumbent 93.5% 8,385
     Libertarian Amy Merlino 6.5% 585
Total Votes 8,970
Delaware House of Representatives, District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngValerie Longhurst Incumbent 57.9% 665
James D. Burton 42.1% 483
Total Votes 1,148

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Delaware House of Representatives District 15 have raised a total of $199,605. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $14,258 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Delaware House of Representatives District 15
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $30,150 3 $10,050
2010 $20,427 3 $6,809
2008 $14,233 1 $14,233
2006 $36,610 2 $18,305
2004 $40,305 2 $20,153
2002 $48,430 2 $24,215
2000 $9,450 1 $9,450
Total $199,605 14 $14,258

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