Delaware House of Representatives District 5

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Delaware House of Representatives District 5
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Current incumbentMelanie George Smith Democratic Party
Population21,154
Ethnicity47.2% Black, 10.4% Hispanic
Voting age73.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Delaware’s fifth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Melanie George Smith.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 21,154 civilians reside within Delaware's fifth 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 Melanie George Smith was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[7][8][9]

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 Melanie George Smith (D) ran unopposed in the February 7 primary election before winning the general election without opposition.[10] [11]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Delaware House of Representatives District 5 have raised a total of $160,956. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $14,632 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Delaware House of Representatives District 5
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $24,658 1 $24,658
2010 $21,973 1 $21,973
2008 $19,824 1 $19,824
2006 $8,195 1 $8,195
2004 $26,599 1 $26,599
2002 $34,551 2 $17,276
2000 $25,156 4 $6,289
Total $160,956 11 $14,632

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