Florida House of Representatives District 9

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Florida House of Representatives District 9
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Current incumbentMichelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda Democratic Party
Population156,370
Race76.9% White, 16.3% Black, 0.3% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.9% Some other race alone, 2.0% Two or More Races
Ethnicity73.2% Single-Race Non-Hispanic White, 16.8% Non-Hispanic Black, 0.3% Hispanic Black, 4.7% Hispanic, 4.9% Non-Hispanic Other
Voting age79.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Florida's ninth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 156,370 civilians reside within Florida's ninth state house district.[1] Florida state representatives represent an average of 156,678 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 133,186 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Florida House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[4] Members of the House may serve no more than four consecutive terms. Florida legislators assume office two weeks following their election.

Qualifications

To run for the Florida House of Representatives, candidates must be 21 years old, have lived in Florida for two years and live in the district they intend to serve.[5]

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Florida legislature are paid $29,687 per year. Legislators are allowed $131 per day for per diem, tied to the federal rate. Travel vouchers are required.[6]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Florida legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Florida Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that Florida representatives are subject to term limits of no more than four four-year terms.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be called to fill the vacant seat.[7] The Governor is responsible for calling the election and must consult with the Secretary of State to set the election dates and nominating deadlines.[8] The person elected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Florida House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20, 2014. Incumbent Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda defeated Arnitta J. Grice-Walker in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[10][11]

Florida House of Representatives, District 9 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda Incumbent 81.8% 25,020
Arnitta Grice-Walker 18.2% 5,570
Total Votes 30,590

2012

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Florida House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 14, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 8, 2012. Incumbent Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D) defeated Bradley Maxwell (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the August 14 primary elections.[12][13]

Florida House of Representatives, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda Incumbent 61.7% 55,212
     Republican Bradley Maxwell 38.3% 34,255
Total Votes 89,467

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 9 have raised a total of $185,575. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $92,788 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Florida House of Representatives District 9
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $185,575 2 $92,788
Total $185,575 2 $92,788

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