Delaware State Senate District 18
|Delaware State Senate District 18|
|Current incumbent||F. Gary Simpson|
|Ethnicity||7.7% Black, 4.4% Hispanic|
|Voting age||82.9% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 54,015 civilians reside within Delaware's eighteenth state senate district. Delaware state senators represent an average of 42,759 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 37,314 residents.
About the office
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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. 
|Delaware State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Gary Simpson Incumbent||68%||1,515|
|Matthew A. Opaliski||32%||712|
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|
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