Maine House of Representatives District 8

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Maine House of Representatives District 8
Current incumbentChristopher Babbidge Democratic Party
Population8,035
Ethnicity0.5% Black, 0.8% Hispanic[1]
Voting age77.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Maine's eighth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Christopher Babbidge.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 8,035 civilians reside within Maine's eighth state house district.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[3]

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.[5][6] The Governor must call for an election and allow all political committees representing the vacant seat to set all deadlines.[7][5][6] The person elected to the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maine House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the general election was September 22, 2014. Christopher Babbidge was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Edward Karytko was unopposed in the Republican primary. Babbidge defeated Karytko in the general election.[9][10][11][12]

Maine House of Representatives District 8, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Babbidge 55.4% 2,712
     Republican Edward Karytko 40.8% 1,999
     None Blank Votes 3.8% 187
Total Votes 4,898

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 Joyce Ann Fitzpatrick (R) defeated Patrick Hunt (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[13][14]

Maine House of Representatives, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Fitzpatrick Incumbent 70% 2,308
     Democratic Michael Jenkins 30% 991
Total Votes 3,299

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Maine House of Representatives District 8 have raised a total of $75,623. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $5,402 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maine House of Representatives District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $9,937 2 $4,969
2010 $12,426 2 $6,213
2008 $18,044 3 $6,015
2006 $18,028 2 $9,014
2004 $5,283 2 $2,642
2002 $1,300 1 $1,300
2000 $10,605 2 $5,303
Total $75,623 14 $5,402
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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