Delaware State Senate District 21

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Delaware State Senate District 21
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Current incumbentRobert Venables Democratic Party
Population44,799
Ethnicity15.4% Black, 5.3% Hispanic
Voting age74.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Delaware’s twenty-first state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Robert Venables.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 44,799 civilians reside within Delaware's twenty-first 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. Incumbent Robert L. Venables, Sr. is unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Bryant L. Richardson 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 Robert Venables (D) defeated Bryant Richardson (R) and John Potter (L) in the general election. The candidates ran unopposed in the February 7 primary elections.[9] [10]

Delaware State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Venables Incumbent 55.9% 8,955
     Republican Bryant Richardson 43% 6,889
     Libertarian John Potter 1.2% 187
Total Votes 16,031

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Delaware State Senate District 21 have raised a total of $179,609. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $25,658 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Delaware State Senate District 21
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $34,473 3 $11,491
2008 $11,050 1 $11,050
2004 $104,927 2 $52,464
2002 $29,159 1 $29,159
Total $179,609 7 $25,658
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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