Delaware State Senate District 18

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Delaware State Senate District 18
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Current incumbentF. Gary Simpson Republican Party
Population54,015
Ethnicity7.7% Black, 4.4% Hispanic
Voting age82.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Delaware’s eighteenth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator F. Gary Simpson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 54,015 civilians reside within Delaware's eighteenth state senate district.[1] Delaware state senators represent an average of 42,759 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 37,314 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Delaware State Senate serve four-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 Senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-seven 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 Senatorial 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 senate, the Senate President 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 Senate 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 State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware State Senate will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 8, 2014. Patrick J. Emory will face Gary M. Wolfe in the Democratic primary, while incumbent F. Gary Simpson is unopposed in the Republican primary.[7][8]

2012

See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Delaware State Senate 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 Gary Simpson defeated Matthew A. Opaliski in the Republican primary, before before winning the general election without opposition. Simpson was initially challenged by Gary Downes in the general election but his opponent withdrew a day after the primary election.[9] [10]

Delaware State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Simpson Incumbent 68% 1,515
Matthew A. Opaliski 32% 712
Total Votes 2,227

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Delaware State Senate District 18 have raised a total of $324,931. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $40,616 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Delaware State Senate District 18
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $36,193 2 $18,097
2008 $68,300 2 $34,150
2004 $124,559 2 $62,280
2002 $95,879 2 $47,940
Total $324,931 8 $40,616

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