Maine House of Representatives District 5

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Maine House of Representatives District 5
Current incumbentRobert Saucier Democratic Party
Population8,554
Ethnicity0.7% Black, 0.9% Hispanic
Voting age79.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
The 127th Maine Legislature began on December 3, 2014, and a new district map is being used; as a consequence, district pages are in the process of being updated. For a current list of incumbents, see the Maine House website.
Maine's fifth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Robert Saucier.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 8,554 civilians reside within Maine's 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. Robert Saucier (D) defeated incumbent Michael Willette (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[8][9]

Maine House of Representatives, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Saucier 51.5% 1,933
     Republican Michael Willette Incumbent 48.5% 1,821
Total Votes 3,754

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Maine House of Representatives District 5 have raised a total of $62,275. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $4,448 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maine House of Representatives District 5
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $9,838 2 $4,919
2010 $7,249 2 $3,625
2008 $12,854 2 $6,427
2006 $13,171 2 $6,586
2004 $9,635 2 $4,818
2002 $6,420 2 $3,210
2000 $3,108 2 $1,554
Total $62,275 14 $4,448

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