Florida's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Corrine Brown Democratic Party
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Florida U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Corrine Brown (D) was first elected in 1992. She is seeking her twelfth term in 2014. She faces no primary challenger, but will face the Republican nominee in the general election.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 2, 2014
August 26, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Florida is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by June 28, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[4]

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Corrine Brown (D), who was first elected in 1992.

Florida's 5th Congressional District snakes vertically through northeastern Florida and includes portions of Duval, Caly, Putnam, Alachua, Marion, Lake, Seminole and Orange counties.[5]

Candidates

Issues

Whiteface vandalism

Gloreatha Scurry-Smith's campaign sign was vandalized with whiteface paint in June 2014. The act was part of a series of incidents against African-AmericanRepublican candidates in the overwhelmingly Democratic district.[8] The sign was situated on private property in view of Interstate 10 in Jacksonville. The vandal sprayed white paint over the face of Scurry-Smith, who is African-American.[8]

Redistricting

On January 16, 2014, two men--William Everett Warinner and James C. Miller Sr.-- from Gainesville, Florida, filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to order the Florida Legislature to redraw the map for the 5th District before the November 2014 election.[9] The men claimed that the "serpentine route" of the district deprives them of their 14th Amendment right to equal protection because the district was drawn with race as the predominant factor.[9] The men have requested the court discard the map and prevent another election from being held using those district boundaries.[9]

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[10] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[11] Corrine Brown voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[13] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Corrine Brown voted for HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

Corrine Brown

Corrine Brown (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$1,117.75$49,633.28$(32,905.02)$17,846.01
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$17,846.01$39,489.90$(57,335.91)$-44.74
October Quarterly[17]October 13, 2013$-44.74$50,501.66$(51,038.44)$-581.52
Year-end[18]January 31, 2014$-581$63,167$(33,646)$28,939
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$28,939$66,514$(59,339)$36,114
Running totals
$269,305.84$(234,264.37)

Thuy Lowe

Thuy Lowe (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[20]January 31, 2014$0$3,366$(3,082)$284
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$284$4,254$(3,989)$549
Running totals
$7,620$(7,071)

Gloreatha Scurry-Smith

Gloreatha Scurry-Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$0$5,700$(183)$5,516
Year End[24]January 31, 2014$5,516$12,508$(14,413)$3,611
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$3,611$21,591$(18,104)$7,098
Running totals
$39,799$(32,700)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Corrine Brown (D) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated LeAnne Kolb, Eileen Fleming and Bruce Ray Riggs in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCorrine Brown Incumbent 70.8% 190,472
     Republican LeAnne Kolb 26.3% 70,700
     Independent Eileen Fleming 3% 7,978
     Independent Bruce Ray Riggs 0% 3
Total Votes 269,153
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Richard Nugent won election to the United States House. He defeated James "Jim" Piccillo (D) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Nugent 67.4% 208,815
     Democratic James "Jim" Piccillo 32.6% 100,858
Total Votes 309,673

See also

External links

References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Florida Division of Elections Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Florida 2012 Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 5, 2012
  6. Federal Election Commission, "Thuy Lowe," accessed October 30, 2013
  7. Lake County Republicans, "2014 Republican Candidate Website," accessed December 10, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 National Review, "Whiteface Vandalism of Republican Candidate’s Sign," accessed June 30, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Tampa Bay Times, " Federal lawsuit targets Florida Rep. Corrine Brown's meandering district," accessed January 20, 2014
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 19, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 19, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed February 19, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed February 19, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013