Maine House of Representatives District 135

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Maine House of Representatives District 135
Current incumbentPaulette Beaudoin Democratic Party
Population8,399
Ethnicity0.9% Black, 1.2% Hispanic
Voting age79.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Maine's one hundred and thirty-fifth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Paulette Beaudoin.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 8,399 civilians reside within Maine's one hundred and thirty-fifth state house district.[1] Maine state representatives represent an average of 8,682 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 8,333 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Maine House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[2] Maine legislators assume office after the first Wednesday in December after their election.

Qualifications

Section 4 of Part 1 of Article 4 of the Maine Constitution states, "Qualifications; residency requirement. No person shall be a member of the House of Representatives, unless the person shall, at the commencement of the period for which the person is elected, have been 5 years a citizen of the United States, have arrived at the age of 21 years, have been a resident in this State one year; and for the 3 months next preceding the time of this person's election shall have been, and, during the period for which elected, shall continue to be a resident in the district which that person represents."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Maine legislature are paid $13,852/year (first regular session) and $9,661/year (second regular session). Legislators receive $38/day per diem for one of two options: housing or mileage and tolls. Additionally, legislators receive $32/day for meals.[3]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Maine legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Maine Term Limits Act in 1993. That initiative said that Maine representatives are subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1993 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 1996.[2]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat.[4][5] The Governor must call for an election and allow all political committees representing the vacant seat to set all deadlines.[6][4][5] The person elected to the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: Maine House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Maine House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 12, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 15, 2012. Incumbent Paulette Beaudoin (D) defeated Perry Aberle (R) in the general election and defeated Joanne Twomey in the Democratic primary. Aberle was unopposed in the Republican primary.[8][9]

Maine House of Representatives, District 135, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaulette Beaudoin Incumbent 63.7% 2,588
     Republican Perry Aberle 36.3% 1,474
Total Votes 4,062
Maine House of Representatives, District 135 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaulette Beaudoin Incumbent 58% 449
Joanne Twomey 42% 325
Total Votes 774

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Maine House of Representatives District 135 have raised a total of $48,417. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $3,026 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maine House of Representatives District 135
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $6,168 3 $2,056
2010 $7,681 2 $3,841
2008 $7,799 2 $3,900
2006 $5,252 2 $2,626
2004 $9,795 2 $4,898
2002 $6,100 2 $3,050
2000 $5,622 3 $1,874
Total $48,417 16 $3,026

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