Maine House of Representatives District 55

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Maine House of Representatives District 55
Current incumbentH. David Cotta Republican Party
Population8,709
Ethnicity0.4% Black, 0.5% Hispanic
Voting age76.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Maine's fifty-fifth state house district is represented by Republican Representative H. David Cotta.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 8,709 civilians reside within Maine's fifty-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 H. David Cotta (R) defeated Amy Sylvester (D) in the general election and was unopposed in the Republican primary. Sylvester replaced Helen Hanson following her withdrawal after the Democratic primary.[8][9]

Maine House of Representatives, District 55, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngH. David Cotta Incumbent 59.4% 2,610
     Democratic Amy Sylvester 40.6% 1,787
Total Votes 4,397

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Maine House of Representatives District 55 have raised a total of $92,569. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $5,143 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maine House of Representatives District 55
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $8,647 2 $4,324
2010 $14,502 3 $4,834
2008 $10,296 2 $5,148
2006 $19,149 2 $9,575
2004 $20,257 3 $6,752
2002 $12,192 4 $3,048
2000 $7,526 2 $3,763
Total $92,569 18 $5,143
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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