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Delaware House of Representatives District 20

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Delaware House of Representatives District 20
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Current incumbentStephen T. Smyk Republican Party
Population19,614
Ethnicity3.6% Black, 3.2% Hispanic[1]
Voting age76.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Delaware’s twentieth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Stephen T. Smyk.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 19,614 civilians reside within Delaware's twentieth house of representatives district.[2] Delaware state legislators represent an average of 21,901 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 19,112 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Delaware House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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. M. Marie Mayor was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Stephen T. Smyk was unopposed in the Republican primary. Smyk defeated Mayor and Donald R. Ayotte (I) in the general election.[8][9][10]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 20, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen T. Smyk Incumbent 58.1% 5,473
     Democratic M. Marie Mayor 39.6% 3,737
     Independent Donald R. Ayotte 2.3% 217
Total Votes 9,427

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. Stephen Smyk (R) defeated Marie Mayor (D) and Valerie Valeska in the general election. The candidates ran unopposed in the February 7 primary elections.[11] [12]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Smyk 53.2% 6,469
     Democratic M. Marie Mayor 46.8% 5,689
Total Votes 12,158

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Delaware House of Representatives District 20 have raised a total of $478,125. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $31,875 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Delaware House of Representatives District 20
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $95,372 5 $19,074
2010 $65,844 2 $32,922
2008 $52,563 2 $26,282
2006 $122,685 3 $40,895
2004 $54,486 1 $54,486
2002 $42,800 1 $42,800
2000 $44,375 1 $44,375
Total $478,125 15 $31,875

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